Foley calls again for a truce

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (left) and Republican challenger Tom Foley
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (left) and Republican challenger Tom Foley
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s campaign brushed off a call from Republican Tom Foley Friday to sign a “formal truce” against negative campaigning. The request came after a bruising debate where Malloy highlighted arrests in Foley’s past.

Foley suggested the truce in response to a Thursday night debate at the University of Connecticut. The forum turned decidedly negative during the final 15 minutes after Malloy recalled the details of two incidents in which Foley was arrested. Malloy said he raised the arrests because Foley brought up a corruption investigation during his tenure as mayor of Stamford. Malloy was cleared of any wrongdoing in 2005.

The Foley camp released a statement Friday morning, formally asking Malloy to accept a truce to refrain from campaigning on “personal matters and things that occurred years ago.” Foley’s statement offered to meet Malloy on the state Capitol steps next week to shake hands and sign an agreement negotiated by both campaigns.

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6 responses to “Foley calls again for a truce”

  1. John Hamlin

    Both of them should forget about the idiocy of the other campaign and just focus on the issues — or perhaps they don’t respect the voters enough to do that.

  2. David

    Being arrested is MORE than fair game, IMO. We elect officials to leadership positions in government and when they get embroiled in scandal we are outraged. Personally, I’d prefer to be outraged BEFORE they are elected. So, yeah, if you were arrested, I want to know that. I want the candidate to come forward and explain the details surrounding that arrest and account for themselves. When I apply for a job my background is checked, if I had any brushes with the law, I’d have to explain them. I don’t see any difference with a political candidate seeking the employment at government. Maybe that’s just me!

  3. Oldtimer

    Kinda sounds like the governor struck a nerve when he responded to Foley’s attacks. Now, after Foley’s strategy backfired, he wants a “FORMAL AGREEMENT” that both sides will refrain from “PERSONAL” attacks. Is he serious ? He is certainly old enough to know better. Too bad he can’t hire a smarter debater to stand in for him.

  4. EveT

    @David, I agree. Anything you’d need to disclose in applying for a job ought to be disclosed to voters as you “apply” for the job of governing the state.

  5. matt scully

    If you run for Governor and you don’t like what is said, you now can request for a “past history mulligan” and call it a truce. AROD are you listening?

  6. Jeff

    Dismissed charges that are over 20+ years in the history books and personal in nature have no relevance to Connecticut’s gubernatorial campaign. Perhaps this sign of desperation now that a clear front runner has emerged. It’s refreshing to see Candidate Foley taking the high road by extending an olive branch and offering a truce to the negative campaigning. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope the other side eventually accepts.

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