Twenty years ago voters in Connecticut were faced with a multiple choice dilemma for governor: a four way race. Could it happen this year? Democrat Jonathan Pelto and Republican Joe Visconti have submitted signatures to try to get on the ballot, and within a month we should know whether they made it.
This Sunday on Face the State, we were joined a candidate who is definitely on the ballot, Republican Tom Foley, fresh off a victory in Tuesday’s primary. While he is focused on Governor Malloy, there could be a whole new dynamic should two more candidates be thrown into the mix.
Foley said he wants to debate Malloy, and when I asked whether Pelto and Visconti should be included in debates if they earn a spot on the ballot, he responded “yes,” and explained his reasoning.
I also questioned him about his visit to Fusion Paperboard in Sprague, footage of which is now being used in ads against him by Democrats, and to respond to criticism that his vision his not specific.
Senator Richard Blumenthal also joined us for the taping, and as a winner of six statewide elections, he shared his thoughts on the governor’s re-election battle. We also talked about some of the things the senator has been working on in Washington, like campus sex assaults, the veterans affairs scandal, and more.
Back to that four way race in 1994. Our flashback this Sunday is a report that aired on Channel 3 Eyewitness News on September 15, 1994, the day after the primary. John Rowland won for Republicans and Bill Curry for the Democrats and they faced two other candidates. The report was filed by my good friend Barbara Pinto, who went from WFSB to ABC News. Tune in this Sunday at 11AM for Face the State on WFSB Channel 3.
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