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Malloy and Foley bring in national surrogates to help close the deal

The campaign for governor in Connecticut is now in its final week and a number of national political figures are expected to come to Connecticut to help the candidates close the deal. Last night Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy and his Republican challenger Tom Foley sought votes on opposite sides of state on Monday.

Foley campaigned in southeastern Connecticut with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie helped rally Republican Party faithful at a café in Groton.

“We know what it’s like to be Republicans in the Northeast. Everyone thinks we’re not going to win, yet four years ago I won; last year I won. We’re going to win up and through all New England, and the guy who’s going to lead the way is the guy who’s going to be the next governor of Connecticut, my friend Tom Foley,” Christie said.

The Groton rally was Christie’s fourth visit to Connecticut to stump for Foley. It took place as Democrat Malloy was campaigning in southwestern Connecticut.

Malloy visited a packaging manufacturer in Norwalk and made appearances in his hometown of Stamford, including the headquarters of Frontier Communications. That’s the company that has just taken over AT&T’s landline, internet and television services in Connecticut in a deal that kept 3,500 union jobs in the state. Malloy used the visit to talk up his efforts to keep jobs in the state.

Today, the Governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla, joins Malloy to campaign in Hartford, New Britain, Waterbury, Bridgeport and New Haven. On Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama will be in New Haven for Malloy. On Sunday, President Barack Obama is expected to deliver the closing argument for Malloy in Bridgeport.

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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