Oct 15, 2013
04:44 PM
Connecticut Politics

Foley on Courant Report: Nothing New Here

Foley on Courant Report: Nothing New Here

Brad Horrigan/New Haven Register

Updated with statement from Republican candidate for governor, State Sen. John McKinney.

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley says there’s “nothing new here” after a Hartford Courant article about his 1981 arrest, wherein an alleged victim claims Foley rammed his car intentionally five times on eastern Long Island.

“I said before that we disagreed about what had happened. That’s nothing new. We obviously disagree,” Foley said Tuesday afternoon.

The issue of Foley’s 1981 arrest and another one years later in Greenwich have been among the issues Democrats have raised since Foley announced he was exploring his second run at the governor's mansion.

Foley maintained Tuesday that the issue was minor in nature, but that he and the other party disagree on what occurred.

“That’s their version of events and this is a matter that was dropped. It was never pursued and that should tell you something—both the fact that is occurred a long time ago, and it was not pursued and nothing ever came up, " he said. "People should focus on more important things.”

Foley has charged Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who beat Foley in 2010, with bringing up the issue of Foley's arrest record to change the subject from Malloy’s record.

“Gov. Malloy doesn’t want to talk about all the jobs that are leaving the state and the fact that we’re borrowing more and more money and had no growth last year in the economy, so it doesn’t surprise me that they want to change the subject,” he said.

To Foley, the issue is over and done with.

“I just think that it’s an incident that happened 32 years ago and has nothing to do with the future of Connecticut," he said.

The Courant article quoted Michael Howe, now of Greenwich, as one of the people involved in the accident an described is as "frightening." Howe could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

State Sen. John McKinney, who is running for governor in 2014 issued a statement calling on Foley to address the issue.

"The state of Connecticut needs new leadership and the Republican Party needs to put forward a candidate strong enough to defeat Governor Malloy and help turn our state around. This violation of state elections laws as referenced in the stipulated agreement is a serious matter. The facts in the agreement also raise many new questions from what was previously reported that need to be answered. Ambassador Foley should step forward and publicly answer any and all questions."

Foley on Courant Report: Nothing New Here

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