Hartford, CT — Today, the Connecticut Democratic Party released the following statement ahead of Tom Foley’s gubernatorial campaign announcement:
“Tom Foley is against the minimum wage, against common sense gun control, and he supported the Tea Party led government shutdown that cost Connecticut residents a lot of jobs. He’s wrong on the issues, he’s wrong for Connecticut,” said Connecticut Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo.
Foley Declined To Answer Question On Expansion Of The Assault Weapons Ban, Saying “Enough On Guns. Guns Is Over.” According to the Hartford Courant, “When asked by a New Haven reporter if he objects to the expansion of the assault weapons ban that was approved by the legislature on a bipartisan basis and is now law, Foley said, ‘Enough on guns. Guns is over.” [Hartford Courant, 4/24/13]
Foley Said “If I’m governor, any further attempts and restrictions on law-abiding gun owners by our legislature will stop at the governor’s office” [Hartford Courant 1/14/2014]
Foley Said “If I were governor and the legislature put in front of me legislation that would reduce the burden on law-abiding gun owners, I would sign it’” [Hartford Courant 1/14/2014]
Shutdown: Middletown Press Editorial: Foley Was “Far Outside Mainstream Conservative Thought” When He Endorsed House Republicans On The Government Shutdown. In October 2013, the Middletown Press wrote in an editorial, “During a week in which Republican governors and senators throughout the country expressed exasperation with the antics of GOP House members, none of the four Republicans vying for the party’s gubernatorial nomination next year seemed to get it. […] In a comment that puts him far outside mainstream conservative thought, Foley, speaking of House Republicans, told Hearst: ‘I support what they’re doing.'” [Middletown Press Editorial, 10/5/13]
CT Politics Blog: Foley “Stood With The House GOP” On The Government Shutdown. According to the CT Politics blog, “The congressional impasse over Obamacare that brought the federal government to a screeching halt Tuesday has created a schism among some of the Republican contenders for governor. Tom Foley, who is eyeing a rematch with Democrat Dannel P. Malloy in 2014, stood with the House GOP caucus and Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on their attempt to force Congress to delay the start of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. ‘I blame the president and I blame Harry Reid,’ Foley, the 2010 GOP nominee for governor, said of the controversial shutdown.” [Hearst Media, CT Politics Blog, 10/1/13]
New London Day Editorial: “None Of The Republicans Running For Governor Could Bring Themselves To Renounce The Extremists” That “Shut Down The Government.” In October 2013, the New London Day wrote in an editorial, “And now, there are signs of this infection spreading to Connecticut. During the recent crisis over the attempt by the Tea Party Republicans controlling the House to shut down the government if they couldn’t change Obamacare, none of the Republicans running for governor could bring themselves to renounce the extremists. Tom Foley, the 2010 Republican nominee, even said, ‘I support what they’re doing.” [New London Day Editorial, 10/28/13]