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CT-Sen: Foley reconsiders, weighs gov bid

Former Ambassador Tom Foley (R) issued a statement moments ago making clear that he is re-evaluating his candidacy for the U.S. Senate and may well jump into the now-open Connecticut governor's race.

"I have had a number of conversations with people who are encouraging me to consider running for Governor because they believe I could better serve Connecticut today as Governor than as a Senator," said Foley, adding that he will make an announcement on his plans next week.

Foley's statement today marks a significant reversal from the stance he took in an interview with the Fix late last week. At that time, Foley insisted he would not be switching races, adding: "I am involved in this race. I am committed to this race."

Foley along with former Rep. Rob Simmons and former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon are running for the right to challenge embattled Sen. Chris Dodd (D) next fall. (Dodd's seat ranks as the most likely to switch party control next fall in our most recent Senate Line.)

A switch seems likely given Foley's current situation in the Senate race. When he first entered the contest he was the wealthy (and self financing) outsider who would draw a stark contrast with Simmons who has emerged as the establishment pick.

But, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon's decision over the summer to run made her the wealthier and even more outsider candidate in the field. (McMahon has already spent several millions of dollars on ads to introduce herself to the state's voters.)

Foley was caught in a political squeeze play -- caught between Simmons' poll lead and establishment support and McMahon's money. Assuming he plans to leave the race, it should help boost McMahon's candidacy -- consolidating the "outsider" vote behind her.

Given that chain of events, Gov. Jodi Rell 's (R) announcement that she would not seek re-election in 2010 amounted to a political lifeline for Foley.

No Republicans have entered the field to replace Rell yet although prominent former U.S Attorney Kevin O'Connor announced late last week that he would not run.

Foley's main advantage in a Republican primary would be his significant personal wealth. (He had donated $500,000 to his Senate race but informed observers believe he could easily make a seven figure donation.)

He also has strong ties to the Republican party establishment, having served as Ambassador to Ireland for the Bush Administration from 2006 to 2009. Foley also did a stint in Iraq in 2003 working for the Coalition Provisional Authority.

Should Foley leave the Senate race, he would be the second Republican candidate in as many weeks to do so. State Sen. Sam Caligiuri announced today that he would drop his Senate bid to pursue a run against Rep. Chris Murphy (D) in the 5th district.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 24, 2009; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Posted by: jward52 | November 27, 2009 6:48 AM | Report abuse

"Very rich outsiders running for these offices will help Republicans rebrand in Conn."

just what they need -- to rebrand. not only as the party of the very rich, but the very rich who get their money from sleaze, violence and disgustng pornography, all the things the base * pretends* to deplore.

Good luck with that one. You people are just sinking deeper into the muck. Who would have thought that was even possible.

Posted by: drindl | November 25, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

It was a smart political move for Sam Caliguiri to drop from the US Senate race and run for congress in the 5th district. Smart move for Caliguiri. I think it's a smart move for Foley to drop the US Senate race and run for Governor. Foley is a wealthy conservative who should not risk his political future on a run against the very rich Linda McMahon & former Rep. Rob Simmons. Now that Galiguiri is out of the race, with Foley dropping out to run for Governor that gives Republicans good & credible candidates in Conn. in 2010. Very rich outsiders running for these offices will help Republicans rebrand in Conn. & it really puts them in good spots to win both races in 2010. Foley for Governor & McMahon for US Senate. I believe if Foley drops out, I think McMahon will beat out Simmons in the R primary and will be the front-runner against Dodd in 2010. McMahon is in this race to win, and she likely will win it. Foley should run for Governor and, with good candidates, Republicans should be able to pick up between 1-3 US Congressional seats as well. 5th district could be 1 of them, as Republicans had that district until 2006. Caliguiri picked a good race to jump into, a winnable race for him.

Posted by: reason5 | November 25, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright

Posted by leapin

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I can see it now. You'll be in a nursing home screaming at the underpaid help, who won't even know who Ayers and Wright were (and they'll refer to you as "El Loco"). And they'll wonder why you keep talking about an acorn.

Stuck on stupid. for life.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 25, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Leapin', saying it's so doesn't make it so. The no-birth-certificate crowd overlaps with the no-experience-crowd overlaps with the bow-too-low crowd. There just aren't enough of them to make much impact at the polls.
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MM, it may be time to do your roll call of recent fake media-created BHO controversies.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 24, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

In other words, the so-called right-wing nuts who tried to scare the hell out of voters are proving to be Nostradamuses.

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hahahhaha you guys haven't been right about anything yet. Don't kid yourself

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 24, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

It's a good thing people like you are out of power and shall remain so for years and years to come, because America needs allies and partners. We already have enough enemies.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite
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We know now that the campaign was a centrist deception. Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright make logical the presence of the Truther Van Jones and Anita Dunn (Mao Groupie). His most partisan Senate record foretells his near suicidal effort to ram through statist health care, tax hikes, and partisan appointments, in addition to polarizing rhetoric. His campaign promises to meet with Ahmadinejad were not only met, but again trumped by serial apologies, selling out the Poles and Czechs and outreach to Chavez and Castro. In other words, the so-called right-wing nuts who tried to scare the hell out of voters are proving to be Nostradamuses.

Posted by: leapin | November 24, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Dodd should just resign. Can you say Major conflict of interest? Doesn't matter what is Senate buddies think! He is bad bad news.

Posted by: RobMc1 | November 24, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Only seen one (1) poster who reposts his own stuff in every thread, anxious that someone might not read it.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 24, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The Obama trifecta— of serial apologies and bows

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Apologies and bows.

So if our leader fail to urinate on the imperial carpets and wipe their noses on the drapes then they're bowing and scraping and dishonoring the fallen by showing deference.

It's a good thing people like you are out of power and shall remain so for years and years to come, because America needs allies and partners. We already have enough enemies.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 24, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The Obama trifecta— of serial apologies and bows abroad, massive borrowing and deficit spending, and government-take overs of private spheres of life—is swelling up in the electorate. We haven’t seen in our lifetime anything quite like it. And this furor of being had has the potential not just to take Obama down, but also his ideology and supporters along with him for a generation

Posted by: leapin | November 24, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Leapin', saying it's so doesn't make it so. The no-birth-certificate crowd overlaps with the no-experience-crowd overlaps with the bow-too-low crowd. There just aren't enough of them to make much impact at the polls.

Foley's a scaredy cat if he's afraid to run against McMahon. The only bona fide she has is her checkbook. And Palin-like confidence in herself.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 24, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"but what as he done, really, in the way of governance and administration?"
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About as much as BHO

Posted by: leapin | November 24, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Linda McMahon is running against Mick Foley? What a twist! I thought they were friends! She let him come back for a career-topping match at Wrestlemania 2000! She even made him WWF Commissioner for a while! The least he could do is support her Senate bid.

Wait, TOM Foley? Never mind; I'm no longer interested.

Posted by: Blarg | November 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I know that Tom Foley is well connected in the GOP, and rich and all, and he spent 7 months in Iraq looking for ways to make money there, and then a couple of years in Ireland redecorating the Ambassador's residence... but what as he done, really, in the way of governance and administration?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 24, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"it should help boost McMahon's candidacy -- consolidating the "outsider" vote behind her."

The 'outsider vote'? don't you mean the 'sleaze, violence and pornography vote?'

Posted by: drindl | November 24, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

So, Linda McMahon applied the sleeper hold to Foley and pulled the pile driver to Caligiuri. Never get in a cage match with Linda!

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | November 24, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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