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Former Connecticut GOP Chair Dies at 71

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Former Connecticut Republican Party chair Dick Foley died Saturday. He was 71.

Foley was a longtime Republican operative who began his career in the 1970s as an advisor to former Governor Tom Meskill and later served as a State Representative from Oxford.


He led the state GOP from 1989 to 1993. He was convicted of four felony bribery charges in a 1993 federal bribery probe. He spent four months in prison, but was later freed and cleared after a successful appeal.


Foley challenged current Republican Party chair J.R. Romano in 2019 in an unsuccessful attempt to regain his former spot.


Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.