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Labor laughs at Foley’s ‘Wisconsin moment’ explanation

Republican Tom Foley (Hugh McQuaid photo)
Republican Tom Foley (Hugh McQuaid photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley’s efforts Monday to clarify his positions on labor issues before delegates at the AFL-CIO convention were met with laughter and skepticism.

Foley, who received the Republican Party nomination at the party’s convention but is facing two primary challengers, spoke before labor delegates Monday at the Omni Hotel in New Haven. The delegates are weighing endorsements for this year’s gubernatorial election and were scheduled to hear from Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy later in the day.

During his short talk, Foley tried to clarify comments he made last year to the Hartford Courant, where he was quoted saying he was waiting for a “Wisconsin moment” in Connecticut. The quote has been repeated often by labor advocates who interpreted it as a desire to see collective bargaining rights scaled back as they were in Wisconsin after Gov. Scott Walker was elected.

Foley maintains that he meant he was hoping to see Connecticut repeat Wisconsin’s state government flip from Democratic to Republican control. He has said he was not looking to change the way collective bargaining works in Connecticut. That’s what he told the convention room full of labor leaders Monday.

They laughed.

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4 responses to “Labor laughs at Foley’s ‘Wisconsin moment’ explanation”

  1. I don’t think “laughter” is the right word, a snicker is what I heard from people that were there.
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    Nice Liberal spin, though – too bad it’s a typical lie.

  2. John Hamlin

    If that’s what he meant, too bad. The rights of non-public workers to organize and collectively bargain should not be altered — it’s an American tradition. But the rights of public employees to bargain against the taxpayers (that’s all of us), and for public employee unions to make contributions to political candidates and parties — all of that needs to be reformed. Connecticut needs to put an end to the corrupt relationship between public employees and politicians who determine their compensation. End “contribute to my campaign and support me and I will make sure your compensation and pension benefit exceeds the market and what the average taxpayer earns.” It’s almost a criminal enterprise and it needs to stop. But Foley just said he wouldn’t touch it. Too bad. The fact is that Connecticut needs a Wisconsin era, not just a moment!! But Connecticut voters won’t stand a chance if Foley runs against Malloy. Let’s hope the Republicans nominate someone else.

  3. LWitherspoon

    @John Hamilin
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    “Connecticut needs to put an end to the corrupt relationship between public employees and politicians who determine their compensation.”
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    Right on!
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    Here in Norwalk we have the perfect example of the aforementioned corrupt relationship in Common Councilman David Watts. Mr. Watts displayed his support for municipal employee unions by donning a Local 2405 T-shirt to a formal Council meeting where outsourcing garbage collection was on the agenda. Local 2405 is the Union that represented the City employees who were handling garbage collection at the time, and staunchly opposed outsourcing purely out of self-interest.

  4. One and Done.

    It is amazing that public labor unions continue to have the wool pulled over everyone’s eyes.
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    In the private sector, if you and a bunch of co-workers pooled some money together and paid off your boss to give you a raise not in the best interest of the shareholders….people could go to jail for that.
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    Recall Malloy’s hand picked provost of the CSU system who we were paying 300,000 a year working from his home in Indiana. He was giving out 50,000 raises without board approval. Only that he got caught he had to resign. How many other deals like this are going on in our state right now? I hope Foley or whoever puts Malloy to task for this. People should have gone to prison but instead they get to keep their jobs and guaranteed pensions for life.
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    One and Done.

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