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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Foley Coy on Picking an LG, Taking Public Financing

By Mark Pazniokas

www.ctmirror.org

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley said today he has the delegates and dollars he needs on the eve of this weekend’s GOP nominating convention: sufficient delegates to win, and enough dollars to qualify for public financing.

Foley, a businessman who largely self-funded his 2010 campaign for governor, is keeping the rest of the five-man GOP field guessing on two key questions: Will he accept public financing? And will he strike an alliance with a candidate for lieutenant governor?

“So far, we’ve told them we’re neutral,” Foley said, describing his instruction to delegates seeking guidance about whom to support for a running mate. “We may remain that way or we may decide we prefer the delegates support a particular candidate.”

But a reality of the modern convention system is that a gubernatorial candidate cannot easily dictate the choice of a running mate. Three candidates are running for lieutenant governor, and each have their share of committed delegates.

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