by Jennifer Swift
Feb 17, 2014
03:45 PMConnecticut Politics
Spokesman says Tom Foley Plans to Attend Future Debates
Two of the six Republicans vying for the party's gubernatorial nomination weren't at Sunday's debate in Brookfield.
That gave state Sen. John McKinney a chance to make a veiled jab at candidates who didn't attend, including former ambassador Tom Foley, the party's nominee in 2010.
“I believe it’s my obligation as someone who wants to be the Republican nominee for governor and it should be the obligation of all the candidates to participate in as many debates as possible,” McKinney said after the debate.
McKinney didn’t mention any one candidate by name, but Foley and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti did not attend the debate.
Foley was unable to attend the debate due to a family commitment, a campaign spokesman said.
Matt Grimes, secretary of the Brookfield Republican Town Committee, which hosted the debate, said Lauretti told debate organizers he was withdrawing to attend a fundraiser.
Asked what he thought of Foley’s absence, McKinney said, “I was told he has houseguests so I understand that those conflicts can arise. I’m just hopeful that he will part in the other debates that have been planned so far he hasn’t indicated that he would, I think he has an obligation to."
Foley campaign spokesman Chris Cooper said Foley does plan to attend upcoming debates.
“He attended the multi-town [Republican] forum in Canterbury a couple of weeks ago and has others scheduled in the future. He wanted to attend the Brookfield event but he had the scheduling conflict I mentioned,” Cooper said in an email.Spokesman says Tom Foley Plans to Attend Future Debates