It’s been more than a decade since Connecticut has had an open congressional seat (1998 when Barbara Kennelly vacated her 1st district seat to run for governor) so it is no wonder the list of candidates with Washington aspirations is long and growing. Congressman Chris Murphy is passing on a 5th district re-election battle to try for a senate upgrade, and at last count there were five candidates officially in the race to succeed him, but that number could double.
This week on Face the State, we’ll talk with one of the candidates, Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley. Wilson-Foley is the entrepreneur from Simsbury who became a familiar face to voters last year when she ran for lieutenant governor. She ended up losing in the primary to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, but the race was closer than many thought it would be, and this political novice impressed many people during her run.
Wilson-Foley’s loss to Boughton may be due in part to the fact she ran solo. Mike Fedele had picked Boughton, but Tom Foley decided not to have a running mate, and let the voters decide. The talk was Foley didn’t pick Wilson-Foley, whom he likes and has tremendous respect for, for one reason: his ex-wife’s name is Lisa Foley. Might have been somewhat awkward. After the election, a republican operative told me he believed Tom Foley might be governor now if he had picked Wilson-Foley, because for 16 years Republicans had either a female governor or lt. governor, and an all male ticket may have hurt the party.
During our taping I asked Wilson-Foley why she thinks a Republican can win the seat, when they couldn’t last year in what was supposed to be a GOP year. We also talked about health care, taxes, and what she learned from her 2010 loss.
Wilson-Foley is also known as the spokesperson for her husband’s healthcare company, Apple Rehab. She also owns Blue Fox Run golf course in Avon, and the Newport Blues Cafe and Inn in Newport, Rhode Island.
We’ll be having the other candidates in the 5th on Face the State in the coming weeks.
Tune in this Sunday at 11AM for Face the State.