Republican Foley makes pitch to Connecticut unions

Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley accepts the nomination for governor at the Connecticut Republican Convention, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley accepts the nomination for governor at the Connecticut Republican Convention, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Republican Party’s endorsed candidate for governor is telling the state’s largest labor organization he will stand by the 2011 concession deal reached with state employee unions and has no plans to undo collective bargaining rights.

Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, who faces a primary in August, was greeted with skepticism at the opening day of the Connecticut AFL-CIO political convention on Monday.

Lori Pelletier, the group’s executive secretary-treasurer, said she didn’t believe Foley when he told the delegates his recent comments about Connecticut needing a “Wisconsin moment” were about changing the balance of political power in Hartford. Pelletier said she believes Foley wants to roll back collective bargaining, something he denied.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, scheduled to address delegates Monday afternoon, is expected to receive the AFL-CIO’s endorsement.

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