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Foley calls for a truce on personal attacks in Conn. gov's race

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Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy's campaign is brushing aside an offer of a truce on personal attacks from his Republican opponent, Greenwich businessman Tom Foley.

During a contentious televised debate on Thursday night, Foley questioned Malloy's integrity, saying the governor had been investigated for corruption when he was mayor of Stamford. Malloy responded by questioning Foley’s business ethics and claiming that Foley had lied to the FBI about a 1981 car crash that had involved Foley spending a night in jail.

“We can either call a truce on this stuff, which I think would serve the Connecticut citizens well, or we can keep it going, Governor,” Foley offered. “If he (Malloy) wants to accept the offer of a truce I will live by it,Foley said to reporters after the debate.

Foley said he is willing to meet with the Malloy on the steps of the State Capitol early next week to shake hands and sign the agreement.

The Malloy campaign responded with a written statement accusing Foley of only being interested in a truce because he is losing the fight.  “We didn't start this discussion on character, integrity, and judgment, but we intend to finish it,” the statement said.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.
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