BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH)-- Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, who lost a hard fought battle with Dannel Malloy in 2010, is creating an exploratory committee for another possible run.
Officially, the man that lost to Governor Malloy is just 'exploring' a rematch for Governor. But Tuesday, he came out swinging.
"The citizens of Connecticut are getting shafted," said Foley.
Foley went right on the attack Tuesday in a preview of the battle ahead.
He says Governor Malloy's tax and spending hikes are killing the state economy and his job increase numbers are phony.
"Dan Malloy is trying to dress up this pig with Malloy math and fibbery," said Foley.
He also says the public may have a bad taste in their mouth for millionaire candidates spending huge amounts of money because of the spectacularly unsuccessful campaigns of Linda McMahon. So in a surprise announcement, he says he may use the state's public financing system.
"I'm actually planning to qualify for the public financing, whether I will take it or not, I haven't decided," said Foley.
The field of Republicans potentially in the race has grown substantially since State Senate Minority leader John McKinney of Fairfield announced back in July.
Foley's former running mate; Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, formed an exploratory committee last month.
As did State Senator Toni Boucher of Wilton, they all plan to use public financing. If Foley does use the public financing system, he would have the same amount of campaign funds to spend as any of these candidates in a potential primary next summer.
But Tuesday the chairman of the State Republican Party said he thinks a primary can be avoided.
"We have a strong field of candidates and I'm confident that we can arrive at a consensus candidate in the ensuing eight months leading up to our state convention," said Chairman Jerry Labriola, CT Republicans.
It's ironic that Foley made his announcement in Bridgeport, the city whose votes turned the last election away from him and gave the win to Dannel Malloy by a mere 6,500 votes.
Foley won everywhere but in the cities in that race, and he seemed to be saying he would work harder in the state's cities.
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