by Jennifer Swift
Aug 27, 2014
12:08 PMConnecticut Politics
Democrats Backing Malloy: Foley Selling ‘Soul to the Devil’ on Guns Issue
Democratic mayors praised Gov. Dannel P. Malloy Tuesday for the comprehensive gun legislation that was passed in 2013 and worried that Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley would repeal it, with one leader accusing him of selling “his soul to the devil” to get votes.
The executive committee of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League its endorsement for governor as the group works to make sure Malloy doesn’t win a second term, given his support for comprehensive gun reform after a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.
“It’s unconscionable to me that Tom Foley would sell his soul to the devil — not only his soul but the soul of all of my residents and the safety of my residents and my community,” said East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc on a conference call with the mayors and first selectmen.
Leclerc asked if Foley would repeal the gun law, what else would he do, while Simsbury First Selectwoman Mary Glassman accused Foley of pandering for votes. Nancy DiNardo, chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic Party, asked what Foley had promised the CCDL “behind closed doors.”
Foley has not been specific on which parts of the gun bill he disagrees with, only that his version would have been different with an emphasis on mental health programs. He contends that much of what is in the gun bill would not prevent another Sandy Hook.
“If anything is clear, it’s that Mr. Foley seems content taking the endorsement of a far-right, extremist group intent on rolling back smart gun laws that are keeping our schools and communities safer,” said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman, in a statement.
The gun reform bill greatly expands the number of assault weapons that are banned in Connecticut and added magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. Current owners were required to register these firearms and large magazines, which can be used at a shooting range. In an interview with NPR Foley did not answer when asked if he supported background checks.
Foley has said on several occasions that a bill repealing the legislation is highly unlikely given the makeup of the legislature, which is not expected to flip to Republican.