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Hartford, CT The extreme right-wing group the Connecticut Citizens Defense League today endorsed Tom Foley for Governor. That’s because he has promised to sign legislation repealing our smart gun law.

The CCDL has tried to claim it’s not an extreme organization — but these members’ disturbing images suggest otherwise. That’s why it’s no surprise that CCDL dumped this news on a Friday.

“The extremist CCDL and Tom Foley standing together today clearly signifies the direction they would take Connecticut — and that is backwards. Want evidence the CCDL is extreme? Just look at the images. They are absolutely shocking, and have no place in honest, thoughtful, commonsense public discourse. This is a far-right group to whom Tom Foley has made back-door promises to roll back progress,” said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman. “The choice and contrast this election is becoming clearer and clearer: we can continue to move Connecticut forward with Governor Malloy’s leadership, or we can turn back the clock on our state with Tom Foley, who is now standing with an extremist gun group because he has been unambiguous that he would sign a repeal of Connecticut’s smart gun law.”

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Hartford, CT – At his notorious press conference in Sprague last month, Tom Foley told workers that he had never closed a mill down.

“‘I have never closed a mill down, sir. I didn’t close the Bibb mill.  A subsequent owner closed it. So, please get your facts right,’ Foley said.”

According to a Connecticut Mirror story by Mark Pazniokas, that was a falsehood and Tom Foley has been lying about his Bibb record:

“Foley was right about the Bibb finally closing after he no longer owned it. But according to HFN, a weekly trade paper published by the Home Furnishings Network, Foley did order the sale of two mills and cut hundreds of jobs when the Bibb could not meet its debts.”

“On Nov. 27, 1995, HFN quoted Foley announcing plans to liquidate fabric plans in Rockingham, N.C., and Abbeville, S.C. after trying unsuccessfully to find buyers.”

“‘Instead of running it at a reduced schedule, we have decided to move that equipment into other facilities that have plenty of space to handle it,’ Foley told the paper.”

“In May 1995, HFN reported that Bibb had missed a $9 million interest payment on a $160 million debt to bondholders and that Foley, who took over as chief executive the previous year, had cut $10 million in overhead, about half of which came from cutting the workforce from 6,000 to 5,500.”

“Of the $4 million in annual management fees his company, NTC Holdings, collected from Bibb, Foley told the paper, ‘I’m sure that will be part of negotiations with bondholders.’”


Click here for the HFN story. 


Hartford, CT — Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo released the following statement commemorating the ratification of the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment, which guarantees women the right to vote:

“Almost a century ago today, women in America took a giant stride forward. The culmination of brave work by those who had long fought for progress, the 19th Amendment codified into law a simple, but elegant principle: gender shouldn’t determine voting status. Women deserve the same rights as men.

“While Republicans have sought to turn back the clock for women—be it on Hobby Lobby, health decisions, or otherwise—Democrats are still standing up for progress. Across Connecticut, Democrats are fighting to close the gender pay gap, defend a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions instead of her boss, and protect women from discrimination in the workplace. We’ve made progress, but there’s still more work to do.”


BREAKING: Tom Foley would sign a repeal of our gun bill

Hartford, CT — We’ve known Tom Foley opposes Connecticut’s smart, strict gun law. We’ve known he’s called it an “inconvenience”, even as he is unable to enumerate specific parts of the law with which he disagrees. We’ve known that Tom Foley recently gave $1,000 to help the extremist Connecticut Citizens Defense League roll back our gun law.

The Vice President of the extreme gun group said last week that he knows Tom Foley’s positions. Yet, Connecticut voters do not. That’s because in public, Tom Foley has dodged even the most basic questions.

Yet, what we didn’t know is that Tom Foley seems to have made his positions clear behind closed doors to CCDL, promising to sign a repeal of our smart gun law to Scott Wilson, President of the right-wing group. According to the New Haven Register, “Wilson said Foley did say if the law was repealed, ‘despite how unlikely that is, he would sign it,’ if he was governor.”

While Tom Foley refuses to provide any specifics in public, what else did he promise to CCDL privately? Did he promise to oppose our ban on high-capacity magazines? Does he support background checks for gun purchasers? With so few public positions, what exactly has he promised the Connecticut Citizens Defense League behind closed doors?

“Tom Foley is soon going to stand shoulder to shoulder with the CCDL, which strongly opposes our smart, strict gun control law and has promised to fight day and night for repeal. If Tom Foley plans on giving CCDL the keys to the capitol, he should be clear on what he’s promised behind closed doors, because so far, he’s refused to say publicly whether he supports a ban on high-capacity magazines or what he specifically disagrees with in the law,” said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman. “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. And Tom Foley would sign a repeal of those laws—and that would take Connecticut backwards.”