NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Republican Tom Foley says he is making another run for Connecticut governor.
By virtue of his narrow 6,500 vote loss in 2010, Tom Foley immediately becomes the favorite to win the Republican state party convention endorsement in May. He spent 10 million of his own dollars on the race and barrage of television advertising, which left him with high name recognition.
He pledged today to cut spending and the sales tax by half a point.
“Other tax reforms that would help keep jobs in the state, keep from driving tax payers out of the state and work with the legislature on that and that could include reducing the income tax,” said Foley.
He has also been reaching out to disgruntled gun owners that are upset about the state’s restrictive new gun laws.
“If the legislature came to me with some changes that reduced the burdens on law abiding gun owners, I would sign that,” said Foley.
Mayor Mark Boughton of Danbury, CT officially joined the race three weeks ago and has already selected a running mate. State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield has been an official candidate since July and has raised the most contributions that qualify for the public campaign finance system.
Foley said again today that he has not decided if he will spend his own money again or use the public finance system, but would make the decision before a primary.
The Governor wishes Foley and the other Republicans good luck, but remains coy about his own plans.
“I’ll talk to what I’m going to do sometime in the future, as you know. Sometime before election day,” said Malloy
State Republican Party Chairman, Jerry Labriola, said that he still thinks he can avoid a divisive primary. Right now, and for the next several months, it is a political insiders game as they all seek to get as many delegates as they can to the May 17th State Party Convention at the Mohegan Sun Casino.