Greenwich's Tom Foley Wins Republican Nod For Governor

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Tom Foley won the GOP primary for governor in Connecticut.
Tom Foley won the GOP primary for governor in Connecticut. Photo Credit: Tom Foley via Twitter @TomFoleyCT
Tom Foley speaks to supporters following he received the Republican nod for Governor in Tuesday's primary.
Tom Foley speaks to supporters following he received the Republican nod for Governor in Tuesday's primary. Photo Credit: Tom Foley on CT-N

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- It will be a Malloy-Foley match-up again in November in the race for governor in Connecticut.

Republican Tom Foley of Greenwich swept to an easy victory over his Republican rival, state Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield, in Tuesday's GOP primary. 

The next battle for the Greenwich multimillionaire will be against Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy, who eked out a narrow 6,404 vote win over Foley in the 2010 governor's race.

A jubilant Foley spoke to his supporters in Waterbury late Tuesday, telling them that he is the candidate for change.

"Change is on the way. Change is coming to Connecticut," he told the crowd. "Dan Malloy has had has chance and change is coming."

Foley, as he did during his campaign for the Republican nomination, painted himself as a political outsider who can get things done.

"I am a businessperson. I know how to fix these problems, I have been doing it for 35 years. I am an outsider who will go to the Capitol and shake things up and bring new ideas," Foley said in his victory speech. 

He praised McKinney for his campaign.

"I really appreciate his energies and the ideas that he brought to the campaign trail, and I really want to congratulate him on his service over 15 years to this great state and in defending Republican principles at the capitol," Foley said.

In his comments as he conceded the race in Fairfield, McKinney said he would do whatever he could to elect Foley as governor.

"The race does not end tonight," McKinney said. "The goal was to elect a new governor. The goal was to make Dan Malloy a one-term governor and to get a fiscally responsible Republican in the office and that goal is still in front of us."

He praised Foley for running what he said was a better race in the primary run.

Foley spent most of his victory speech, which clocked in at just under five minutes, attacking Malloy.

"Dan Malloy has had four years to fix things and most of the things under his leadership have actually gotten worse," Foley said.

He also accused Malloy of not being straight with Connecticut residents and took a swipe at the "tone" of the governor's office.

"We need a more civil tone in the governor's office. More honesty and more straight talk with the citizens," he said. 

Foley said he would be a pro-growth governor who would cut taxes for residents while investing in the state's infrastructure and schools.

He said he will begin the campaign against Malloy first thing Wednesday morning.

"Tomorrow I will resume the campaign for change in leadership and a new direction for our great state," he said. "If you are unhappy with how things are please join us. Pride and prosperity in Connecticut aren't that far away, but they are just in a different direction."

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Hello TP. Yes, comments on this board are absurd. No intellectual value, at all. And yes, McKinney never had a chance given his anti Second Amendment stance. Other statist Republicans who supported recent CT gun laws will fall. Any news on David Walker? I am hoping he wins. He is exceptionally qualified but needs more exposure. Would like to see him replace a Senator in DC.
Kind regards.

Truthseeker, good to see you remain engaged. I voted for Penny but would not mind voting for Walker should he prevail. Solid man, except for his choice of primary companion. Be well.

Yes Alethiologist your comments on this board are absurd. No intellectual value, at all.

Foley's arrest record draws criticism

Thanks for the link natsgarage. It says it all

This is GREAT news as this will guarantee a win for Malloy.

I had forgotten why I don't comment here regularly - thank you for reminding me about the inane banter that passes for discourse around here Little Willie.

See how the right wings hate when someone has a different view. The right wingers are anti American

So what qualifies as hate in your mind? My observation about your inane banter or my calling you Little Willie? I can't help the former, you prove it every time you strike the keyboard in hopes of saying something witty. As for the latter, well, I was just riffing off your screen name.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste....

Are you drunk from last night or did you start early today.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste....

Tommy tinkle you sure have wasted yours

Says the man mocking a former president's phallus.

Yes BClinton The right wingers are anti American

Gun owners turned out in force today to vote against McKinney, co-author of SB1160, the 2013 gun law. Foley may be an imperfect candidate, but he did not create and vote for further gun restrictions on law-abiding gun owners.

Next comes Malloy.


Nope, just a man who can vote.

Great I guess other voters had 1160 reasons not to vote for McKinney like me. Sounds like payback. Now the governors office . Sweet.