Voter Guide: Connecticut Governor's Race

Dan Malloy (D) vs. Tom Foley (R)

The race for Governor of Connecticut is a contest between Democrat Dan Malloy, a former District Attorney and the longest-serving mayor of Stamford, CT, and Republican Tom Foley, who's been a GOP fundraiser for 30 years and was selected by the Bush administration to develop plans for Iraq's private sector economy in 2003.

Dan Malloy (D)

WNYC Coverage of Dan Malloy

Malloy Surges to Win Democratic Primary, Faces Foley in November (August 11, 2010)

The Brian Lehrer Show: Malloy Defeats Lamont, Surprises Pollsters and Pundits (August 11, 2010)

Fast Facts

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College Law School
  • Former Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, NY, where he won 22 convictions in 23 felony cases
  • Served 11 years on the Stamford Board of Finance and one year on the Stamford Board of Education
  • Elected mayor of Stamford in 1995, upsetting Republican incumbent Stanley Esposito
  • Served as mayor of Stamford for 14 years, the longest tenure in the city’s history
  • Ran for governor in 2006, but lost in the primary to John DeStefano, Jr.


  • Allow municipalities to tax different types of property at different rates, particularly low and moderate income housing, housing for the elderly, and for those with disabilities
  • Wants to expand state investment in stem cell research and other bio-medical fields
  • Identify and recruit companies from around the country to bring to Connecticut
  • Reduce energy usage by 15 percent over the next two years and aggressively pursue federal grants for green infrastructure
  • Invest in affordable housing development by encouraging rehabilitation of old buildings
  • Ensure transparency and accountability for any state funding provided for economic development
  • Supports a “pooling bill” to grant small business, municipalities, and the self-employed easier access to healthcare
  • Universal access to pre-school and early childhood education
  • Increase Connecticut’s police force
  • Pro-choice on abortion
  • Supports Connecticut’s law protecting gay marriage
  • Against the death penalty

Other Links

Dan Malloy’s Campaign Site

Malloy Would Have Signed Those Bills that Rell Vetoed (The Connecticut Mirror)

Malloy: CT Dems Dealing with Bad Luck, Not a Curse (New York Times, September 22, 2010)

Malloy, Winner in Conn. Primary, Overcame Dyslexia (New York Times, August 11, 2010)

Tom Foley (R)

WNYC Coverage of Tom Foley

Foley Wins Republican Nomination by 1%, Faces Malloy in November (August 11, 2010)

Fast Facts

  • MBA from Harvard Business School
  • Started NTC Group in 1985 to acquire underperforming businesses and make them profitable
  • Acrtive fundraiser for the GOP for 30 years
  • Assigned by White House to oversee Iraq’s state-owned businesses and develop plans for private sector economy from 2003 – 2004, earning him the Department of Defense's Distinguished Public Service Award.
  • U.S. Ambassador to Ireland from 2006 - 2009
  • Co-chaired Governor’s Commission on Divorce, Custody and Children, and was appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Education Finance


  • Reduce the size and cost of state government
  • Develop and market Connecticut’s “Knowledge Corridor,” a region that hosts 32 colleges and universities, to attract businesses
  • Use line item veto to block any attempts to raise taxes
  • Reduce state Medicaid costs by promoting wellness programs and capping medical malpractice claims
  • Introduce performance pay for teachers and end social promotion for underachieving students
  • Offer early graduation and/or free in-state college tuition to high school students demonstrating outstanding competency
  • Offer other public school options, such as charter and magnet schools, for families in underperforming districts
  • Encourage energy efficiency and develop sources of alternative energy
  • Ensure medical and financial assistance for veterans
  • Pro-choice on abortion
  • Would not seek to overturn Connecticut’s gay marriage law
  • Would veto any effort to repeal the death penalty

Other Links

Tom Foley’s Campaign Site

Foley says Hartford is Broke and Broken (Connecticut Mirror)

Foley Attributes “Lack of Smile” to Bell’s Palsy (Associated Press, September 20, 2010)

Tom Foley Vows to be Education Governor (Hartford Guardian, September 15, 2010)

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