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NANCY DINARDO COMMEMORATES THE ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE

Hartford, CT The Connecticut Democratic Party and Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo released the following statement commemorating the 94th anniversary of the states’ ratification of the U.S. Constitution’s 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote:

“Nearly a century ago today, women’s rights took a step forward with the states’ ratification of the 19th Amendment. The culmination of hard work by trailblazing female leaders, the amendment codified into law that no woman should be denied the right to vote based on gender. It was a step forward for women — and that meant progress for America.

“Democrats have stood up for women everywhere — and we continue to fight for progress. While Republicans prefer to turn back the clock with an 18th century agenda, Democrats are standing up against Hobby Lobby, fighting to protect women against discrimination, and working to close the gender pay gap. We are making progress, but we have more to do — and we can’t afford to go backwards.”

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TOM FOLEY’S SHADY TIES TO SUPER PAC ENCAPSULATE HIS CAMPAIGN

Hartford, CT – This morning, the CT Mirror ran a story that showed irrefutable ties between Tom Foley and Grow Connecticut, a new “Super PAC” that has bought nearly $200,000 of airtime. Filling the airwaves with attack ads that distort the progress delivered by Governor Malloy over the last three and half years, the super PAC is led by the same people intimately involved in Tom Foley’s 2013 SEEC violation, in which a Foley poll was paid for by the outside group “Voters for Good Government”.

The Mirror story shows incontrovertible ties between Foley and the super PAC:

  • Voters for Good Government, which spent hundreds of thousands on negative ads in 2012, was exposed for having ties to Foley.
  • A poll was commissioned by Voters for Good Government, in conjunction with Foley and his 2010 and 2014 campaign manager Justin Clark, which was conducted by Foley’s pollster. Foley was found guilty by SEEC for failing to pay for the poll.
  • Now, Liz Kurantowicz, the former state Republican Party official who ran Voters for Good Government, is treasurer for Grow Connecticut.
  • Grow Connecticut was registered with the IRS by James E. Tyrrell III of the same firm that advised Foley’s campaign in 2010 and defended Foley before SEEC in 2013.

Last week, the Connecticut Republican Party filed a baseless SEEC complaint devoid of specifics regarding coordination. Chris Cooper, in his response to the Mirror regarding the super PAC, unwittingly undermined the GOP complaint’s premise, saying: “The mere existence of relationships, prior or current, doesn’t mean there is coordination.”

“Tom Foley, along with his super PAC allies, will do whatever he can to avoid talking about an agenda that would take Connecticut backwards, his record of destroying jobs at Bibb, and his callously insulting workers in Sprague. So instead, they’re distorting the progress Connecticut’s made over the last three and a half years under Governor Malloy,” said Democratic Party spokesman Devon Puglia. “The choice is clear: we can move forward with progress under Dan Malloy, or we can go backwards with the same old, failed GOP tactics that Tom Foley relies on.”

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TOM FOLEY DID NOT SUPPORT CT’S HISTORIC $10.10 MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

Hartford, CT – Today, Tom Foley made the false claim that he supported raising Connecticut’s minimum wage to $10.10. Under Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman, Connecticut was the first state in the nation to pass legislation raising the minimum wage to that level.

What Foley left out is clear: he did not support raising the minimum wage in Connecticut.

Trying to be all things to all people, he’s supported a federal minimum wage increase to $10.10 while simultaneously decrying Connecticut’s first-in-the-nation status. He can’t have it both ways, and the bottom line is this: he did not support the across the board increase passed under Dan Malloy.

“This is emblematic of the type of campaign Tom Foley has run,” said Devon Puglia, Democratic Party spokesman. “He’s been taking cheap shots from the cheap seats, and rooting against Connecticut’s progress. Now, he’s simply making utterly false claims trying to hedge on an issue he knows he’s on the wrong side of. The bottom line? He opposed the $10.10 minimum wage increase in Connecticut that could impact as many as 227,000 of Connecticut’s workers.”

Background:

Tom Foley “I Think We Need To Be Careful About Having A Minimum Wage In Connecticut That’s Higher Than Other States, Because That Drives Jobs Out Of The State.” “’I think we need to be careful about having a minimum wage in Connecticut that’s higher than other states, because that drives jobs out of the state,’ Foley said. Foley suggested there was no serious plan to raise the state minimum, saying, ‘I don’t think anybody’s proposing that.’ He seemed unaware that a state legislative committee had approved and sent a $10.10 minimum wage bill to the Senate floor on Tuesday, the day before Obama’s visit here promoting a higher federal minimum. With the support of Malloy and legislative leaders, it is expected to pass.” [CT Mirror, 03/07/14]

Foley: Seemed Unaware That A State Legislative Committee Had Approved And Sent A $10.10 Minimum Wage Bill To The Senate Floor On Tuesday. “Foley suggested there was no serious plan to raise the state minimum, saying, ‘I don’t think anybody’s proposing that.’ He seemed unaware that a state legislative committee had approved and sent a $10.10 minimum wage bill to the Senate floor on Tuesday, the day before Obama’s visit here promoting a higher federal minimum. With the support of Malloy and legislative leaders, it is expected to pass.” [CT Mirror, 03/07/14]

In An Interview With The Mirror, Foley said a Connecticut Minimum Wage increase could drive jobs out of Connecticut. “In an interview with The Mirror, Foley clarified that his preference for Congress to set a uniform standard does not mean he opposes raising the state minimum. ‘I support a $10.10 minimum wage for certain jobs,” Foley said. ‘I would support that in Connecticut, too, but you have to be careful about this, because people complain already that our current minimum wage, because it’s higher than the national one, it’s driving jobs away.’” [CT Mirror, 03/07/14]

Foley Said He Was Not Ready To Define A Standard For Exempting Jobs From The State Or Federal Minimum, But He Opposes An Across-The-Board Raise. “Foley said he was not ready to define a standard for exempting jobs from the state or federal minimum, but he opposes an across-the-board raise. ‘If I was governor, I’d be encouraging the legislature to have a multi-tier state minimum wage that offered a minimum wage in that range to people who are working for large corporations, who can afford it,’ Foley said. He offered no definition of large corporation or an affordability standard. Without saying how, Foley said he also would like a minimum wage increase narrowed so that it goes to workers who ‘have to support families on that, and who aren’t going to lose their jobs as a result.’” [CT Mirror, 03/07/14]

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STATEMENT FROM DEMOCRATIC PARTY ON REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY RESULTS

Hartford, CT — Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo released the following statement on Tom Foley’s winning the Republican gubernatorial primary:

“With extraordinarily low turnout, today Republicans showed their lack of enthusiasm for the candidates running. For the few Republicans who did show up, they selected Tom Foley, who has run a campaign avoiding the tough questions and totally devoid of specifics and details.

“Elections are about the future — and in November, voters will have a very clear choice. We can keep moving forward, or we can roll back the clock.”

“During this campaign, Tom Foley has been investigated for irregularities in campaign spending. He has shamefully blamed workers for losing their jobs in Sprague. He called our smart gun law ‘inconvenient’. And he still refuses to detail any policy specifics — on any issue.

“Over the past three years Governor Malloy and Lt. Governor Wyman have made the tough choices. Through steady leadership, they’ve delivered progress — more than 55,000 private sector jobs created, hundreds of millions in additional dollars for our schools, one of the best implementations of the Affordable Care Act in the nation, major drops in crime, and the smartest gun law in the country.

“Tom Foley won’t just halt that progress — he will take Connecticut backwards. As someone who lined his pockets while laying off droves of honest, hard-working, middle-class employees at Bibb, he will no doubt roll back the clock for working families and women, from healthcare to schools — and ultimately, Connecticut’s future.”

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