Tom Foley, the Republican candidate for governor in Connecticut, has accused his incumbent Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy of bribing businesses to stay in the state. During a visit to Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford on Friday, Malloy rejected Foley’s accusation.
Malloy signed into law a deal with United Technologies Corporation, Sikorsky’s parent company, allowing the company to use $500 million in state tax credits to upgrade and expand its facilities in Connecticut in May.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy rejected suggestions on Thursday that he asked his education commissioner to step down. The Governor and Commissioner Stefan Pryor appeared unified at an event announcing funding for struggling school districts.
Pryor announced last week he would not seek a second term if Malloy wins re-election. Malloy says it was not because Pryor was asked not to.
“It was a decision that he reached," Malloy said. "We did have the opportunity to talk about it. I did receive his letter on Monday. And as you note, I appear alongside my friend today.”
Now that gun rights advocate Joseph Visconti has qualified to be on the ballot for Connecticut governor in November, Republican Tom Foley may be facing some competition for voters concerned with that issue.
According to UConn political scientist Ron Schurin, Visconti now being in the race may force Foley to reach out to the right to keep gun rights voters from going to Visconti. This is something Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy might be able to exploit, Schurin said.
Connecticut’s Education Commissioner has informed Governor Dannel Malloy that he won’t serve a second term should the governor win re-election. Commissioner Stefan Pryor was in charge of implementing the Democratic governor's education reform agenda.
Pryor came under fire from teachers and parents for overseeing that agenda. It included efforts to implement the Common Core education standards, new teacher evaluations guidelines, a program for failing schools, and other changes.
In this year’s Connecticut governor’s race, the two major parties appear to be heavily focused on the state’s cities. Both Republican Tom Foley and incumbent Democrat Dannel Malloy have made several campaign stops in Bridgeport since Foley won the GOP primary last Tuesday.
It was after a recount in Bridgeport four years ago, that Malloy defeated Foley by a narrow margin of 6,404 votes. This time the Republican businessman from Greenwich appears to working hard to prevent that. But while campaigning on the East Side of Bridgeport on Friday Foley denied that was the case.