Political Capitol

Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

To possible Governor Tom Foley: Information gets out. Deal with it.

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It’s not uncommon for some candidates/politicians/voters to insist a distinction be drawn between an official’s private and public life and that the media too often focuses on the former. When newspapers dig into a candidate’s arrest record, as was the case Friday with The Hartford Courant’s coverage of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, one of […] [Read More]
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Foley comes out swinging and Gov’s race gets more interesting

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley just released the following statement responding to today’s Hartford Courant article about his prior arrests in 1981 and 1993. He takes aim at both Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele of Stamford and Simsbury businessman Oz Griebel, the two Republicans who are challenging Foley for the GOP nomination in August’s primary and […] [Read More]
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DeNardis: Despite arrests, Foley possesses “personal integrity”

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One day after former U.S. Congressman/ex-Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry DeNardis endorsed Greenwich millionaire/businessman Tom Foley for Governor, political insiders are buzzing about a Hartford Courant story detailing Foley’s arrests in 1981 and 1993 for vehicle-related incidents. In the first case Foley was accused of ramming another vehicle and spent a night in jail. In the […] [Read More]
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Lt. Gov. candidate Boughton still scheduled to be deposed next week

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According to our sister newspaper, the Danbury NewsTimes, Danbury’s attorneys failed to delay next Wednesday’s deposition of Mayor Mark Boughton in the civil rights lawsuit filed by day laborers arrested on his watch. I’ve written on this blog before how I believe Boughton’s controversial approach to illegal immigration in Danbury will become a campaign issue […] [Read More]
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Why didn’t Rell meet with Stamford Democrats over parking garage?

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As we reported, the General Assembly on Monday overroad Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s veto of a transportation bill that prevents her administration from moving forward with a $35 million plan to build a new commuter parking garage a block-and-a-quarter from the Stamford train station. What that means is the fate of the current, aging […] [Read More]
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Lee Whitnum asking Dems to hold another vote for U.S. Senate nominee

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Over the weekend a tipster forwarded me an e-mail circulated by the Democratic State Central Committee to delegates about Lee Whitnum, the Greenwich Democrat whose long-shot bid for her party’s U.S. Senate nomination was further complicated when she mistakenly showed up at the Republican convention instead. According to the DSCC e-mail, Whitnum has been mailing […] [Read More]
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Unlike McMahon, Blumenthal plans on accepting Senate paycheck

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In April well-to-do, self-funded Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon of Greenwich told a bunch of Tea Partiers she will forgo the standard, $174,000 salary if elected to Congress. McMahon plans on spending as much as $50 million of her family’s professional wrestling wealth (they own Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment) on the race. A reader […] [Read More]
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Ned Lamont wants to be the next Lowell Weicker, just smaller and nicer

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A day after former Republican-turned-independent Governor Lowell Weicker delivered a blistering assessment of Connecticut’s current lawmakers, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont said if elected he would bring Weicker’s tough approach to the job. “I respect Lowell Weicker  because he doesn’t duck tough choices,” Lamont, a Greenwich businessman/millionaire said of the one-term, bear-of-a-man Governor who pushed […] [Read More]
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John Mertens: What do I have to do to get some traditional media attention!?!?

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I’m working on a story about the candidates for U.S. Senate and Governor and the media. Who is accessible to the press? Who isn’t and why? Who is willing to give reporters their schedules so we can show up unannounced at a public event or outside a private venue and ask them some questions? Who […] [Read More]
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Will General Assembly’s Democrats reverse tax on foreclosures?

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The Democratic-majority General Assembly is expected to meet in special session June 21 to yet again extend increases in the conveyance tax applied to real estate transactions. But it is uncertain whether legislators will simultaneously eliminate a new conveyance tax which, since January 1, has been levied on foreclosures. A few years ago state lawmakers […] [Read More]
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