It seems campaigns start earlier and earlier. Election day is now six months away, and soon after, the campaign for the next race for governor in 2014 will start to percolate.
This Sunday on Face the State we were joined by someone who might run in ’14, Tom Foley, who narrowly lost the governor’s race to Dannel Malloy in the historic election of 2010.
The former U.S. ambassador to Ireland has made no secret of his contemplation of another run, but during the Face the State taping he delivered his harshest criticism yet of the Malloy administration. Foley believes the state is spending too much money. He condemned the busway, called the Jackson labs deal a “terrible waste of taxpayer money,” and the called passage of the largest tax increase in Connecticut history the administration’s biggest mistake. Foley said Governor Malloy should have instead followed the lead of the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. “Cuomo reduced spending and taxes……it has worked, it has failed here.”
Foley applauded the governor for his efforts on education reform, but presented a different idea of what he would be doing had he been elected. “His plan is not nearly bold enough,” Foley said.
Foley also talked about the state of the Connecticut Republican party, which is the minority party in both houses in Hartford, doesn’t hold a single congressional or senate seat, lost the governor’s office, and lost mayoral races in New Britain, Middletown and Waterbury. The GOP didn’t even field a candidate in last year’s Hartford mayoral race. On last week’s Face the State, former Governor Lowell Weicker blasted the state’s one party rule, and Foley talked about what needs to be done to restore balance at the State Capitol.
By the way, if you think it is too early for Foley to talking about 2014, there is a similar precedent. In our flashback this Sunday, we have pulled from the archives a clip of then unannounced candidate Dan Malloy in 2008 talking about then Governor Rell. It was 28 months before the 2010 election. Foley’s appearance on Face the State comes 30 months before the 2014 election.
Incidentally, I asked Foley the same question I asked Malloy in ’08. Which letter grade would you assign to the Governor for his/her performance. Both had the same answer: F.
You can watch the entire interview with Tom Foley, that aired Sunday morning on Channel 3 right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7168344
and we have legislative analysis with a trio of up and coming journalists. Here’s a preview: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/young-j-guns-on-face-the-state/