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TODAY: Will Tom Foley denounce Gov. Christie for his offensive comments to Newtown gun control advocates?

Hartford, CT - For weeks, controversy has swirled around Governor Chris Christie after he vetoed commonsense gun legislation and refused to meet with families of Newtown victims. But he’s found the time to make it to Connecticut – today – to fundraise.

Saying his mind was already made up, Christie claimed advocates didn’t care about victims of gun violence unless all weapons were banned:

“Are we saying then that the 10 children on the clip that they advocate for, that their lives are less valuable? If you take the logical conclusion of their argument, you go to zero, because every life is valuable.”

He also called life-saving limits to high-capacity magazines “trivial”.

Foley, too, has been a consistent opponent of Connecticut’s smart, strict gun law, calling it an “inconvenience.”

“It takes a lot of chutzpah for Governor Christie to insult the families of Newtown one week, then fundraise in their state the next,” said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman. “We know Tom Foley thinks our smart, strict gun law signed by Governor Malloy is ‘inconvenient’, but does he think Governor Christie’s actions are acceptable?”

“Will Tom Foley finally stand up for Connecticut and Newtown families today by denouncing Governor Christie’s insulting words and reckless actions? While Tom Foley often struggles to provide specifics on complicated policy questions, this is an issue he can be crystal clear on with Connecticut voters.”

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A MESSAGE DELIVERED TO THE GOP FROM THE GROUND: USPS TRACKING NUMBERS 9114901159818030323781, 9114901159818030323804, AND 9114901159818030323798

Democratic Party Hobby Lobby Petition Of 549 Signatures Sent to the Connecticut GOP, Tom Foley, and John McKinney

Hartford, CT The Connecticut Democratic Party today announced that a social media petition it launched immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling just three weeks ago has received 549 signatures. When the ruling was handed down, the Connecticut Democrats’ position was clear—it stood with women and their reproductive rights. The Republicans, however, were radio silent.

The overwhelming response to the petition—promoted for a brief period only via email, on Twitter, and through Facebook—demonstrates residents’ demand for answers. Silence is not an option on an issue as important as this.

Yet, Tom Foley, John McKinney, and Jerry Labriola have failed to offer a clear position. They were totally silent on the issue until yesterday’s GOP debate, during which Tom Foley and John McKinney gave almost incoherent, non-answers. Tom Foley said, “I think it’s a very important discussion for us all to be having right now.” John McKinney, similarly, responded to a Hobby Lobby question by saying, “I’m running to be the governor of Connecticut, not a Supreme Court Justice…” He then answered the question on women’s reproductive rights by discussing taxes.

Because of the lack of clarity from the Republican gubernatorial candidates on the issue, the Democratic Party took action this morning, sending the names of the petition signers to the Connecticut GOP, Tom Foley, and John McKinney. For their reference, so they are aware of how much time they have before receiving the petition from over 500 residents, the United States Postal Service tracking numbers are:

  • Tom Foley: Tracking Number 9114901159818030323781

  • John McKinney: Tracking Number 9114901159818030323804

  • Jerry Labriola: Tracking Number 9114901159818030323798

For Jerry Labriola and the Republican gubernatorial candidates, the clock is ticking. Will they go a full three weeks without articulating a position on this important ruling? Will they flat-out ignore not just the more than 500 people who signed this petition, but also women across Connecticut?

“Tom Foley, John McKinney, and Jerry Labriola must provide an answer to a basic question—do they support women and their right to safe contraception, or do they stand with corporations working against women? Silence or evasive answers are not options, either for these over 500 signers or for voters across Connecticut,” said Nancy DiNardo, Chairwoman of the Connecticut Democratic Party. “While the Democrats have been clear, Republicans have dodged important questions to women. We believe health care decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor—not her boss. Mr. Foley, Mr. McKinney, and Mr. Labriola, you must tell us—and women across Connecticut—where you stand.”

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NJ Gov. Christie Can’t Make Time for Sandy Hook Parents, But Can Find the Time to Come to CT to Raise Money for the CT Republican Party?

Hartford, CT – If voters want to know where the Connecticut Republican Party and its candidates for Governor stand on guns, look no further than an upcoming Chris Christie fundraiser.

Fresh off a veto of a commonsense gun safety bill in New Jersey, Governor Christie will soon be coming to Connecticut to raise money for the Connecticut Republicans and their candidates for Governor.

In addition to vetoing the bill, Gov. Christie called it “trivial.” Not satisfied, he somehow also managed to insult the parents of the victims of Sandy Hook.

When Sandy Hook parents personally came to his office to deliver a petition with more than 55,000 signatures in support of limiting high-capacity magazines, they were rebuffed by Governor Christie. New Jersey’s Governor has time to travel to Connecticut for a fundraiser, but won’t meet with Connecticut parents affected by a devastating tragedy?

Even Republicans have slammed him for his actions, calling his arguments “painful.”

If voters are unsure about where the CT GOP and its candidates for Governor stand on Connecticut’s gun law, they should look no further than this fundraiser. These are the same candidates who called Connecticut’s common sense gun law “inconvenient” and said they’d sign a bill repealing the law.

“It’s remarkable that Chris Christie has the audacity to insult the parents of Sandy Hook victims, but then come to Connecticut to hobnob, glad-hand, and raise money. It’s an insult to family-members of Newtown victims – and it’s a slap in the face to this state,” said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman. “We know Tom Foley has called Connecticut’s smart, strict gun law ‘inconvenient’, and we know John McKinney has said he’d sign a bill repealing the law, but even given that, they ought to admonish Governor Christie for what he’s done.”

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JOHN MCKINNEY NEEDS AN INFUSION OF CREDIBILITY

Hartford, CT – John McKinney is expected to receive his public financing grant today, and he needs it–badly. Right now, John McKinney’s campaign finances are in the red. His campaign has unpaid expenses that exceed his cash on hand.

But after making ludicrous public statements about Waterbury recently, he’s also red in the face. In a show of just how desperate, ill-informed, and sloppy his campaign has become, two days ago he sent out a 9 P.M. press release opposing Governor Malloy’s investments in Waterbury. The only problem is no one in Waterbury agreed.

Even more embarrassing, Mr. McKinney criticized Governor Malloy for his position on Waterbury Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. And he did this — are you ready? — the day before St. Mary’s announced a partnership with Tenet, the same company that’s partnering with Waterbury Hospital. Governor Malloy was praised for legislation he signed two months ago that allowed these agreements to occur.

So what was John McKinney’s overall message to Waterbury? Drop Dead.

“Clearly, John McKinney needs this grant — and not just because he is running out of cash. He’s lost so much credibility through his reckless public statements, that just maybe, an infusion of funds might mean an infusion of credibility. Congratulations to Mr. McKinney on his likely grant. Maybe he’ll actually get his act together now,” said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman. “Given that he chose to tell the people of Waterbury to drop dead around the same time Waterbury celebrated the Governor’s historic announcement, and around the day St. Mary’s Hospital made a historic announcement of its own, his campaign is clearly unraveling, if it was ever organized to begin with. Right now, he doesn’t have one iota of credibility.”

What McKinney Said: “Today’s announcement of a nearly $20 million investment of taxpayer funds in Waterbury is too little, too late. The people of Waterbury—and people across the state—are looking for a stable job base and growing economy, not the promise of a state handout at election time.”

Reality: What’s too little, too late is this ill-informed, inaccurate, desperate 9 P.M. press release from the McKinney campaign. Here’s what Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary had to say:

  • “I cannot express strongly enough how grateful we are for Governor Malloy’s continued leadership, support and assistance to Waterbury.”
  • “These initiatives represent an incredible leap forward for Waterbury, our economy and quality of life.”
  • “Today’s announcement will produce benefits to our entire region that will be felt for generations to come.”

What McKinney Said: “One year ago this week, Governor Dannel Malloy vetoed a hospital bill that his own advisers helped draft. That piece of legislation would have given real economic stability and jobs to hundreds of workers in Waterbury.”

Reality: Health care leaders had this to say…

  • We are grateful for the leadership and cooperation of both Gov. (Dannel) Malloy and Mayor (Neil) O’Leary, and ask for the community’s support throughout the approval process to ensure a timely and smooth transition.”

  • “This proposal offers Saint Mary’s financial stability and sustainability, and offers the community the kind of high quality, comprehensive health care it deserves, all while retaining the heritage and legacy Saint Mary’s has established over the last century.”

  • “Our community and our caregivers will benefit immensely from the capital and expertise that Tenet will bring to Saint Mary’s.”

Background:

McKinney For Governor’s Itemized Statement Accompanying Application For Grant Of July 7, Shows The Committee Had $18,549.47 Balance On Hand At The Close Of The Reporting Period, But Had $22,962.04 In Expenses Incurred During The Period But Not Yet Paid. [McKinney For Governor, Itemized Statement Accompanying Application for Grant-Amended, accessed 7/9/14]

Saint Mary’s Hospital Announced Plans To Be Acquired By Tenet, Allowing Saint Mary’s To Serve The Waterbury Area As It Has Done For More Than 100 Years. “Saint Mary’s Hospital and Tenet Healthcare Corporation announced plans today for Saint Mary’s to be acquired by a subsidiary of Tenet, a leading health care services company which operates 79 acute care hospitals and 193 outpatient centers in 16 states. The transaction, subject to approval of contractual and regulatory conditions, represents an opportunity for Saint Mary’s to provide the community with continued access to care, as it has done for more than 100 years. Under the terms of the transaction, Saint Mary’s Catholic heritage and its religious directives will be honored and maintained. Also, Saint Mary’s will continue to abide by the same charity care and uncompensated care policies as in the past. And the hospital will fulfill the community benefit standards required of tax-exempt hospitals, which include improving access to care by the elderly, the poor, immigrants and other at-risk populations.” [New Haven Register, 7/8/14]

Waterbury Hospital Also Partnered With Tenet, And Each Hospital Will Maintain Its “Heritage, History, And Uniqueness.”  “Meanwhile, the other major hospital in Greater Waterbury concurred in Saint Mary’s choice of Tenet. The Board of Directors of the Greater Waterbury Health Network and Chairman Carl Contadini said, ‘We have been consistent in our belief that Tenet Healthcare is the right partner for Waterbury Hospital and therefore are not surprised that Saint Mary’s has also come to the same conclusion.’ GWHN President and CEO Darlene Stromstad said that this model of common ownership — with each hospital having its own agreement with Tenet Healthcare — offers long-term benefits to the community. “Most importantly, each hospital will maintain its heritage, history, and uniqueness,” said Stromstad. ‘Right now, Waterbury Hospital is staying focused on working our way through the state’s regulatory process to complete our transaction,’ said Stromstad.” [New Haven Register, 7/8/14]

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