Imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery.
Look no further than the latest blistering attack ad from the re-election campaign of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
And then compare it to a hit on Foley four years ago by Republican primary opponent Michael Fedele, the lieutenant governor at the time.
From the stock footage of a rusted water tower and the ruins of a Georgia mill to the same pained voices, Malloy’s latest ad paints Foley as a corporate raider who reaped a $20 million profit from the closure of Georgia textile mill owned by the Bibb Co. in the 1990s. The blunt narrative attempts to undercut Foley’s message of a turn-around specialist who will create jobs.
Foley has repeatedly disputed claims that he drove Bibb into bankruptcy to make a buck, having said that overseas competition and the changing dynamics of the textile industry forced the company’s subsequent owner to close one of a multitude of its mills.