Aug 14, 2014
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Connecticut Politics

Tom Foley Says He Needs Two Terms to Fix Connecticut's Problems

Tom Foley Says He Needs Two Terms to Fix Connecticut's Problems

Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register

Tom Foley speaks to supporters at the Villa Rosa Pontelandolfo Club in Waterbury Tuesday evening after defeating State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney in the GOP primary in the governor's race.

Tom Foley, a day after beating state Sen. John McKinney in the Republican primary to challenge Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in November, said he would need two terms as governor to get the state on track.

“These problems that have been created are so large, it is unlikely that someone can solve them in just four years,” Foley said.

Also see our anlaysis of the low turnout in Tuesday's GOP primary

Foley in his victory speech Tuesday night criticized Malloy for having already had four years to fix the state’s problems.

“Dan Malloy had his chance and change is coming,” Foley told the crowd Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, Foley found support from former rival McKinney.

What a difference three days make.

McKinney on Sunday was blasting his Republican rival Foley for using bad math on budget proposals that McKinney said did not add up as he pushed him to provide details of what he would cut.

“Tom, you have to pay for things and you don’t want to answer a single question. You want to be devoid of specifics,” McKinney said during their last debate before Foley beat him Tuesday in the Republican gubernatorial primary.

Foley, in his first press conference after becoming the GOP-endorsed candidate, said the charge was unfair, while McKinney came to his aid.

The senator said Foley’s plan to flat-fund the budget leaves a balanced budget and a slight surplus. “We tried to make a differentiation of a very small point of difference, very large for the purposes of a primary,” McKinney said.

Foley said he will find savings within the budget, particularly in healthcare costs, hoping to cut it 5 percent. “I’m quite confident we can do it,” Foley said, by eliminating waste. This compares with Mc­Kinney’s specifics on where he would cut $1.4 billion to cover contractual expenditures and provide for a tax cut.

McKinney said his one-time rival “has the right message. He has the right background. I think he is the right recipe for what ills Connecticut.”

Foley beat McKinney 44,135 votes to 37,345. The secretary of the state’s office also ruled that Heather Bond Somers won the close three-way contest for lieutenant governor with 27,083 votes to 26,312 for Penny Bacchiochi and 25,026 for David Walker and said a recount was not necessary.

See the full story at the New Haven Register.


Tom Foley Says He Needs Two Terms to Fix Connecticut's Problems

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