HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut state Democrats criticized potential Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley and called for an apology Sunday, after he leveled several unsubstantiated conflict-of-interest allegations against Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
Foley, who narrowly lost to Malloy in the 2010 governor’s race, made the accusations on Hartford CBS affiliate WFSB-TV’s “Face the State” program that aired Sunday and called on Malloy to address them.
“I’ve just been really disappointed about what goes on at the capitol the more I learn about the relationships up there – the conflicts of interest – and I’m concerned and in some ways disgusted,” Foley said. “And I think the governor has contributed to this. I think he had an opportunity when he was elected to talk about transparency, and he had an opportunity to set a new standard, but he hasn’t. In fact, he may have taken it to a new level.”
He prefaced the remarks by acknowledging he hadn’t investigated the allegations, saying he was “not a news organization.”
“But these are all things that have been told to me by more than one reliable source – so it meets a journalistic standard — and they’re things that are believed, so they’re a problem whether they’re true or not,” Foley said. “But it seems that there’s some substance to them, but I can’t confirm that they’re true.”
Foley, former U.S. ambassador to Ireland, announced last week that he was weighing another run for governor and forming a committee to explore his prospects for the 2014 race. Malloy hasn’t said whether he’ll seek a second term.
A Malloy aide and the state Democratic Party immediately shot back at Foley on Sunday, saying his allegations of ethical wrongdoing were not true. The state party also rehashed an issue in the 2010 governor’s race, calling on Foley …read more
Source: CBS local New York