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Foley bashes Malloy on 'Face the State'


Democrats in Connecticut are criticizing potential Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley after allegations of conflict of interest against Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Foley narrowly lost to Malloy in 2010 and made the accusations on Face the State with Dennis House on Sunday.

Foley told House that he's calling on Malloy to address the accusations, and prefaced the remarks by acknowledging that he hasn't investigated the allegations.

"These are all things that have been told to me by more than one reliable source, and they're things that are believed, so they're a problem whether they're true or not," Foley said on Face the State. "But it seems that there are some substance to them, but I can't confirm that they're true."

After the interview, Democrats immediately fired back and said his allegations of ethical wrongdoing are untrue and brought up an issue during the 2010 gubernatorial race: calling on Foley to release his arrest records from 1981 and 1993.

In his interview on Face the State, Foley alleged that state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty got his job after he or his consulting firm gave Malloy a fee or something else of value before the 2010 election.

Foley claimed any such contribution could potentially be illegal, but said he had no details to give on any kind of payment. Foley also questioned why a public relations firm where former Malloy senior adviser Roy Occhiogrosso now works received a contract to handle communications for the state's healthcare exchange.

Foley also claimed state and local officials seeking state bond money feel they have a better chance at getting approval if they employ the law firm of Pullman & Comely, the firm where Andrew McDonald, a state Supreme Court justice nominated by Malloy and former legal counsel to Malloy's office, was a partner.

Foley also accused the governor of using money from the UConn Foundation for expensive trips to Switzerland and China.

Malloy spokesperson Andrew Doba released a statement on Sunday and called for an apology.

"Mr. Foley's allegations are factually incorrect," Doba said. "The reason he can't back them up is because they're untrue. Mr. Foley owes everyone to whom he referred an immediate apology."

However, Foley said he has no proof.

"There seems to be some semblance of truth, but can't confirm," Foley told Eyewitness News on Monday.

Malloy reacted to the allegations on Monday.

"They are factually incorrect," Malloy said.

The governor's staff also calls the allegations false, saying Malloy did not get money from Esty. His staff said the firm Occhiogrosso works for got the contract in an open bid process and there was nothing improper about it.

As for the money Malloy got for the international trips, his staff said he attended the World Economic Forum annual meeting to promote Bioscience Connecticut.

In an interview later Sunday with The Associated Press, Foley responded to Democrats' statements about him not releasing his arrest records.

"It doesn't have anything to do with me," Foley said. "I'm talking about the governor's record and things that are being said about him that bring into question the ethical standards and the confidence the citizens have in him."

Foley said he acknowledged being arrested in 1981 in connection to a car accident and in 1993 on a breach of peace charge involving a dispute with his wife. He said both charges were dropped.

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