Foley receives worker backlash at Sprague plant

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)

SPRAGUE, Conn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has blamed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s economic policies for the planned closure of a Sprague paperboard company. But some workers and the town’s first selectwoman contend the state is not to blame, claiming the Greenwich businessman doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

Foley’s news conference, held Tuesday near the gates of Fusion Paperboard, was dominated by a sometimes heated exchange between the candidate and Democratic First Selectwoman Cathy Osten and the workers, who are losing their jobs.

Osten and the workers say Fusion, owned by a private equity firm, has been making money and the decision to close had nothing to do with Connecticut’s economic policies. But Foley, a former businessman, repeatedly insisted Osten and Malloy had failed to keep the jobs.

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