Vote 2014: CT Governors Final Roundtable

In governor's race, a testy exchange over yacht

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– On Tuesday, people here in Connecticut elect the state’s next governor. Sunday, News 8 hosted a round table discussion with both Governor Dan Malloy and Tom Foley, the last debate before election day.

It’s the final push in the race for governor and both candidates squared off one last time on News 8.

“You think? you’re accusing me of something and you think?” said Foley.

“I think you’re missing the point tom,” said Malloy.

One of the major conversations job creation here in Connecticut.

“Last month in Connecticut we saw the creation of 11,500 jobs, that’s more jobs created in a single month than any time in Dec. 1993,” said Malloy.

“You said in August when we lost 3,600 jobs, well the number moves up and down from one month to the next. Now that you have a number you like you’re saying everything is fine. Everything is not fine in Connecticut,” said Foley.

The discussion also turned to taxes.

“And yes we’ve rolled back some of the taxes that needed to be raised to handle the largest per capita deficit in the nation,” said Malloy.

“So many people feel they can’t afford to live in this state anymore and governor you’ve contributed to that problem by raising taxes and slowing down the economy,” said Foley.

One of the more interesting portions of the discussion was a question from a viewer in Essex. He asked why Malloy chose to name his boat “Sapphire” while Foley’s yacht is named “Odalisque” which by definition is a female sex slave.

“Odalisque means a beautiful woman, a beautiful thing in the art world. it doesn’t mean a sex slave,” said Foley.

“It’s actually named for a particular sex slave and the man has a daughter my god change the name of your boat,” said Malloy.

There was also the mention of the negative TV adds.

“I’ve stuck to the truth, the issues and Gov. Malloy’s record and the stuff that matters to the people of Connecticut. And I don’t think the governor can say that,” said Foley.

“Sure I can say it. I think both of our records are fair game. You’ve said a lot of tough stuff about me over the last couple of years,” said Malloy.

Their appearance together ended with a handshake. Now it’s a wait and see as to what Tuesday will bring.

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