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RECAPPING TOM FOLEY’S REALLY, REALLY BAD WEEK

Hartford, CT We have 11 days until Election Day, and this week was a particularly bad week for Tom Foley. Throughout his run for Governor, his campaign has achieved disaster-of-biblical-proportions status for its extraordinary oversights and unbelievable unforced errors. But this week — with Election Day around the corner — was particularly bad.

On Monday

  • Instead of following Governor Malloy’s lead by releasing his state tax returns, Tom Foley continued to hide them, leading to questions about whether he pays more in taxes to other states, whether Connecticut is even his primary residence, or whether he receives income on his $5 million yacht.
  • For months Tom Foley has said nothing about our consistent job growth as he roots for Connecticut’s failure. When there’s bad news, he pounces. When Connecticut moves forward, he’s radio silent. This week, Connecticut’s job numbers in September were the best in 20 years.

On Tuesday

  • While hundreds and hundreds of Mayors and municipal leaders from 130 cities and towns waited to hear him speak at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, Tom Foley couldn’t be found. He actually arrived 30 minutes late.  
  • He said definitively that he would not participate in NBC Connecticut’s debate. That eventually hurt him later in the week.
  • Tom Foley’s refusal to release his tax returns continued. Others said, “Foley could make this a lot easier by sharing more.”

On Wednesday

  • At a forum before affordable housing advocates, Tom Foley demonstrated a “startling”lack of knowledge about the most basic issues.
  • Governor Malloy, meanwhile, has invested more in affordable housing in three and a half years than what was invested over the last two decades.

On Thursday

  • The Connecticut State Police Union endorsed Governor Malloy for re-election. Apparently Tom Foley “botched” his endorsement interview, and “first showed up on the wrong day, then arrived unprepared on the right day.”

On Friday

  • Fallout continued over Tom Foley’s refusal to debate the issues the night before, choosing instead to tape Face the State.
  • After NBC Connecticut’s Gerry Brooks told the audience no less than five times why Tom Foley refused to participate, the Republican candidate went on the radio Friday and continued to lie about his rationale for skipping the debate.
  • The Hartford Courant endorsed Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman for re-election, saying the Governor “is something Connecticut hasn’t seen in a while, a hands-on manager who took on the serious problems facing the state.”

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ON RADIO, FOLEY GOES ALL-IN ON NBC DEBATE EXCUSES

Hartford, CT — After skipping NBC Connecticut’s debate last night to instead tape Face the State, Tom Foley took to the airwaves this morning on WDRC 1360AM to tell listeners his side of the story.

The only problem? He went all-in on his excuses, blaming NBC executives even after they were debunked several times throughout the day yesterday by veteran anchor Gerry Brooks.

This morning Talk of Connecticut host Brad Davis expressed concerns about Foley’s non-appearance, while Tom Foley repeatedly contradicted NBC. You can listen to the full audio here.

TOM FOLEY THIS MORNING

Davis: “Where were you last night?”

Foley: “I was actually taping ‘Face the State.’ You know, we had told NBC30 about a month ago we weren’t going to do that debate. So, uh, um, I don’t know.”

GERRY BROOKS YESTERDAY

7:00 PM– “That brings us to the elephant who is not in the room, Republican Tom Foley has elected not to take part in tonight’s discussion of the issues. We have been in constant touch with Mr. Foley’s camp in the weeks leading up to this event, they have never articulated a particular objection to tonight’s format. Foley Communication’s Director Mark McNulty did offer this statement: ‘We were unable to come to terms with NBC 30 in a timely manner, so we will not be participating in their forum.’ For the record, we were prepared to welcome Mr. Foley right up until air time.”

TOM FOLEY THIS MORNING

Davis: “And you didn’t think that was important? He could have taped ‘Face the State’ another time. I mean, I’m in the-”

Foley: “Well Brad, here’s how it works. You know, we wanted to give an opportunity for every network to carry a debate. But we said we have to agree on terms, and every one of the other channels, we agreed on terms. It was no problem. But NBC 30, we couldn’t, we never even got to a discussion of terms, they wouldn’t return our phone calls for a couple weeks. So we told them ‘Hey, we’re just not going to do this.’”

GERRY BROOKS YESTERDAY

7:13 PM “I’d like to take a moment here just to remind our viewers because people come and go during the course of the debate on television, our forum, Republican Tom Foley has elected not to take part in tonight’s discussion of the issues. We did stay in contact with Mr. Foley’s campaign right up until this evening, they declined our open invitation to participate in this forum and we will be reminding you of that from time to time as new viewers come in.”

TOM FOLEY THIS MORNING

Davis: NBC30 wouldn’t return your phone calls?

Foley: Right.

Davis: Wow. I’m surprised. Gerry Brooks, good reporter.

GERRY BROOKS YESTERDAY

7:28 PM “If you’re just joining us, Republican Tom Foley once again is not with us tonight, we had ongoing discussions with his campaign, he declined our invitation to participate in this forum.”

TOM FOLEY THIS MORNING

Davis: “So that is the reason, but 30 did not return your phone calls?”

Foley: “Yeah yeah, they wouldn’t sit down and work out terms…And we wanted to have those conversations too with all of the people carrying the debates. But we just couldn’t work it out with NBC.”

GERRY BROOKS YESTERDAY

7:42 PM “Again if you’re just joining us, Republican Tom Foley has elected not to take part in tonight’s discussion of the issues, we appreciate that it is a discussion, we stayed in contact with Mr. Foley’s campaign right up until this evening, they still declined our open invitation.”

TOM FOLEY THIS MORNING

Davis: “And Dennis this morning mentioned that you were going to be on his program on Sunday. So that was the main reason, one of the main reasons, the other reasons I understand is because NBC didn’t call you back, and but, anyway, that you had committed to Dennis to tape that program.”

Foley: “Well actually, the commitment to Dennis was after we told NBC about a month ago that we weren’t going to do their debate. So, and part of the reason was at this point in a campaign, the schedule’s very tight. Every minute you’re booked, and so when we couldn’t work things out with NBC, and they weren’t returning our phone calls, we just told them ‘Listen, we’re not going to hold this spot open,’ so we filled it.”

GERRY BROOKS YESTERDAY

7:56 PM “And once again, a final reminder, we did invite Republican Tom Foley, he and his campaign elected not to take part.”

BRAD DAVIS AFTER TOM FOLEY HUNG UP

Davis: “I got to check with Gerry Brooks though on this NBC thing. And uh, evidently, from what Tom Foley says, this Channel 3 came in, but it’s confusing, a little bit confusing…

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WHILE SKIPPING NBC DEBATE, TOM FOLEY WELCOMES TEA PARTY GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE TO CONNECTICUT

Hartford, CT — Ducking questions on important issues, Tom Foley is skipping tonight’s NBC Connecticut debate — the final prime-time policy discussion of the election. Foley has spent the better part of the past week lying about NBC’s debate plans and getting called out for it.

So what’s he doing instead? Rather than debate Governor Malloy, Tom Foley is welcoming extreme Tea Party Governor Mike Pence of Indiana to Connecticut today to support his campaign. It’d be bad enough for Foley to skip the NBC debate outright while lying about his reasons why — but it’s even worse that he’s instead campaigning with an anti-middle class, anti-women, anti-equality, right-wing Republican.

So this begs a larger question: While Dan Malloy discusses the issues that matter to Connecticut voters tonight on NBC, will Tom Foley be holding a fundraiser with the Tea Party darling?

It should be concerning to Connecticut voters — just take a look at the extreme stands Mike Pence has made on key issues:

  • Pence called raising the minimum wage “anti-minority and anti-poor.”
  • Pence voted against equal pay legislation not once,not twice, but three times.
  • On repealing the harmful ban on gays serving openly in the military, Pence said “the American people don’t want the American military to be used to advance a liberal political agenda.
  • Pence cosponsored legislation to cut funding for abortion services in the case of rape or incest.
  • Pence cosponsored personhood legislation that could ban many common forms of contraception.
  • Pence cosponsored legislation to mandate ultrasounds, followed by an explanation of the ultrasound, for women prior to getting an abortion.
  • And Pence even threatened to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood.

“If anyone doubted how out-of-touch with Connecticut values that Tom Foley is, now you have your answer. He doesn’t just lay off workers, ship jobs to Mexico and shut down factories. He also ducks debates to meet with extreme tea partiers like Mike Pence,” said Connecticut Democratic Party spokesperson Ian Sams. “The closer we get to Election Day, the clearer it becomes that Tom Foley would roll back all the progress Connecticut has made under Dan Malloy and send this state backwards.”

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GERRY BROOKS TO TOM FOLEY: “DON’T ACCUSE US OF GAMING HIM — WE DON’T GAME PEOPLE”

Hartford, CT We’ve heard Tom Foley blame NBC Connecticut for his refusal to attend tonight’s televised debate. Even though the Malloy campaign has had absolutely no problem connecting with NBC Connecticut, Tom Foley has called the station and its officials unresponsive.

Yesterday morning on WNPR’s and John Dankosky’s “Where We Live”, Tom Foley accused station executives of not communicating with his campaign for several weeks, as well as trying to “game” him.

NBC’s Gerry Brooks took to the airwaves this morning to clarify the record — and call Tom Foley out for lying to the media about why he’s skipping tonight’s debate.

You can listen to the WNPR segment from this morning here.

“This is simple: Tom Foley is now not just lying to the media — he’s lying about the media. But it’s to be expected from someone who’s distorted such a long litany of issues. He said he never closed a mill at Bibb — he did. He said unions were to blame for his treatment of workers at T.B. Woods — they weren’t. He said he has not been asked until recently to release his state tax returns — he has been for over a month. Now he’s hiding from voters tonight because his failure to articulate even the most basic policy is becoming more and more clear. No one is buying what Tom Foley is selling,” said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman.

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