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Foley Downplays Obama's Campaign Visit For Malloy

Ebong Udoma

On Friday, Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley downplayed the significance of President Barack Obama’s visit to Bridgeport on Sunday to stump for his Democratic rival Governor Dannel Malloy.

The latest Quinnipiac University released on Wednesday shows Foley and Malloy in a dead heat.

Foley, a Greenwich businessman, says he’s not expecting that the president’s visit will help sway the vote in Connecticut.

“People are so focused on the state’s future and concerned about the state’s economic growth under governor Malloy and one of the worst job recovery records and higher taxes,” he said after a campaign stop in Shelton.

“I think that’s what’s going to influence people on Tuesday and not who comes into the state to lobby for either me or Governor Malloy,” he said.

On election eve, Foley is bringing in New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie to stump for him in Windsor Locks. It will be Christie’s fifth campaign visit for Foley this election season.

Four years ago, in Foley and Malloy’s first contest for governor, Malloy squeaked a win over Foley by 6,400 votes after President Obama also appeared for Malloy in Bridgeport two days before the election.

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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