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HARTFORD, CT; 11/5/2010: Republican candidate for Governor Tom Foley takes a question from a reporter during a press conference where he said he would not concede until questions about the ballots have been answered. MICHAEL McANDREWS | ORG XMIT: B58841931Z.1
Tom Foley, the Greenwich Republican exploring a run for governor, is out with the first television advertisement of the campaign.

The ad is raising eyebrows because it isn't running in Connecticut; it's only being shown on two cable stations in New York City.

The 30-second spot tries to court New York voters who are unhappy with incoming Mayor Bill DeBlasio, a Democrat who leans farther to the left than current Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

“With your new mayor, I know many of you are thinking about leaving. Connecticut, with the same progressive policies you’re about to see in your city, may not be first on your mind,” said Foley, in the 30-second ad. “But wait a second. Connecticut next year will probably elect a new governor. When it does, Connecticut once again will be the place people want to be in the northeast." - NBC Connecticut, 11/11/13

Here's a little more info:

The spot was produced by Doug McAuliffe, who handled advertising for Foley’s campaign in 2010, when he lost to Malloy by 6,404 votes. It is running on Fox News Channel NY and NY1, but it is unlikely to make an impression –- beyond generating stories like this one.

The ad buy was minimal, a few thousand dollars.

“This is definitely not a huge buy,” Foley said, laughing. “This is about as small a buy as you can have and still be a buy.”

Foley said he was trying to have some fun making a serious point about Connecticut’s economic competitiveness under Malloy. The governor always is to quick to note that this state’s tax rate is attractive compared to New York and New Jersey, but Foley said it could be a lot better.

“I was just trying to make the point that while Gov. Malloy and his policies are driving jobs and young people out of the state, here you have a neighboring city where the same thing is about to happen,” Foley said.

It’s been unclear whose playbook, if any, Foley has been using since creating an exploratory committee in September, a step widely seen as prelude to formally announcing his second bid for the GOP nomination.

Foley’s put the political establishment off balance at his exploratory announcement by saying he intended to qualify for public financing, a program Foley vigorously  criticized in 2010. And he accused Malloy of accepting improper payments from Dan Esty, the commissioner of energy and environmental protection, offering no evidence. Esty and Malloy deny Foley’s claim. - The CT Mirror, 11/11/13

Of course Democrats weren't impressed with Foley's ad:

Neither Malloy nor Foley have announced yet whether they'll be candidates for governor in next year's election. Foley, however, has already formed an exploratory committee that enables him to raise funds to help qualify for state public campaign financing.

Candidates for governor in Connecticut must raise $250,000 in small contributions of $100 or less in order to participate in the program. Ultimately, they can receive at least $1.25 million for a primary and $6 million for the general election.

State Democratic Party spokesman James Hallinan said Foley "continues to pursue the most bizarre political strategy known to man. At the rate he's going, he won't even be his party's nominee, much less become governor."

In October, Foley agreed to pay for a public opinion poll that state election officials claimed was a candidate expenditure, even though Foley hasn't declared his candidacy. Foley claimed the poll was a legitimate expense of Voters for Good Government, a Delaware corporation that paid for the survey and lists Foley as its treasurer. Foley said it ultimately didn't make sense to fight the State Elections Enforcement Commission in court and he agreed to cover the $15,504 cost of the poll. - The Daily Journal, 11/11/13

Neither were Republicans:

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who ran on the Republican ticket with Foley in 2010 and is now exploring his own run for governor, also was not impressed with the commercial.

"While it's an interesting campaign gimmick, I can assure you the strategy of our campaign will be the issues that Connecticut residents care about, not New York City residents,'' Boughton said Monday. "Those would be jobs, taxes, education.''

Because the media buy is small, Boughton said he believes that the commercial will have little impact because relatively few people will see it.

"This is just a campaign gimmick to get his name out there,'' Boughton said. "The time is long past for gimmicks.''

After winning re-election Nov. 5 as Danbury mayor with 71 percent of the vote, Boughton says he has set a time frame of mid-January to make a final decision on whether to launch a campaign for governor. He intends to seek public financing, adding that he expects to qualify for the money by the state Republican convention in mid-May.

A spokesman for de Blasio could not be reached for comment.

A multimillionaire and longtime business executive, Foley is apparently targeting wealthy New Yorkers and hedge-fund firms that might be considering joining their colleagues in the fast-growing investment business in lower Fairfield County. - The Courant, 11/11/13

Foley is just another example of your modern day Republican candidate.  A wacko trying to appeal to big outside money to help him win a major office.  But is the idea so crazy that it could work?  We'll see.  We'll also need to see if Malloy will run for another term.  You can keep in touch with his campaign here:
Stamford, Conn., Mayor Dan Malloy stands atop of the city's government center, looking out over neighboring businesses he hopes will become part of a mini-energy district on Wednesday, April 4, in Stamford, Conn. Stamford is seeking state legislation that will allow businesses and government buildings to team up and create their own energy sources, using the regions traditional power grid only for emergencies.  (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 07:57 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 07:57:49 PM PST

  •  Yep, Tom Foley just about lost the election (3+ / 0-)

    Not exactly a smart thing for Foley to compare Dan Malloy to Bill DeBlasio when you're dealing with a blue state that has a Democratic Governor and two liberal U.S. Senators.

  •  it's a battle for the $ in Fairfield County with (1+ / 0-)
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    Foley trying a scatter gun approach hoping something will stick

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Mon Nov 11, 2013 at 09:31:00 PM PST

    •  You hit hte nail on the head (3+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, annieli, demreplib33

      Problem is even the rich assholes in Fairfield County don't particularly like tea bagging nut sacks.  

      The other problem is Malloy is from Fairfield County, Stamford to be specific, and he has been VERY, VERY good to Fairfield County.

      Stamford is booming.  They got a huge pile of federal and state cash to help with infrastructure improvements, UBS Bank got sweetheart deals to remain in Stamford, RBS Bank got sweetheart deals to relocate to Stamford, BLT Development is redeveloping the whole South Side, Stamford got a swanky Amtrak station, a high rise Trump tower and is redeveloping a whole area along the river and converting it into a central park.  

      Malloy has invested HEAVILY in this area and it's paid off as that area is booming while the rest of the state languishes.  They may vote to cut off their nose and elect to go with Foley who is from Greenwich in Fairfield County.  However, even people in Fairfield County don't particularly like rich assholes who think they can buy a political office (see Linda MacMahon).  I suspect that my mayor Mark Boughton (ugh) will get the nomination and I believe that he'll continue being my mayor in 2015 (double ugh).  

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 04:34:37 AM PST

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  •  What is it about the Harvard Business School (1+ / 0-)
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    that it turns out so many dolts?

    He looks to be another Willard with a string of failed enterprises behind him, including a stint in Baghdad when  (2003-2004) the last thing Iraq needed was advice of privatizing government services.

  •  I will work hard to defeat this SOB (1+ / 0-)
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    if he does run. We had a string of Republican Governors that ran up debts, destroyed a couple of our cities and were generally corrupt bas+ards.
    Malloy has got us somewhat back on our feet, as much as he can within the outlines of the national crash.
    His biggest negative has been his support for charter schools.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 04:34:14 AM PST

  •  Mark Boughton, the Danbury equivalent of (0+ / 0-)

    Chris Christie.


    We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

    by Samer on Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 08:11:56 AM PST

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