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Mayor Drew Calls out Foley for What he Considers Lies and Hypocrisy

The Democratic mayor of Middletown penned a piece in the Journal Inquirer this weekend in response to the Greenwich millionaire's criticism of Gov. Malloy's finance reform legislation.

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew
Middletown Mayor Dan Drew

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew fired back at former Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley in Saturday's Journal Inquirer after the Greenwich millionaire's commentary that criticized the governor's campaign finance reform law and the Democratic party for politically motivated contributions.

Drew's Jan. 4 piece in the Journal Inquirer and the Connecticut Post, "Foley contradicts his own record," responds to Foley's Dec. 30 op-ed, "Make it illegal again to extort state government contractors," which calls donations from the likes of state government contractors, lobbyists and other organizations "tainted" for their ulterior motives.

Drew pulls no punches in his editorial, refuting Foley's charge that donation rules were loosened by the law and enumerates what he considers false allegations and hypocritical actions. 

The Democratic mayor harshly worded commentary includes references to Foley's 1981 traffic incident, his suspected "unscrupulous" actions while employed by the Bush administration, and a $15,000 fine levied by the  State Elections Enforcement Commission after the Republican registered a political action committee out of state during his race for the governor's office.

In a mid-September appearance on WFSB's Face the State, Drew writes, Foley went after state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Daniel Esty, state Supreme Court justice Andrew McDonald and one-time Malloy senior adviser Roy Occhiogrosso in "unsubstantiated accusations" of criminal activity.

Drew's letter concludes, "He has emerged in Connecticut politics as a hybrid of Joe McCarthy and Mitt Romney, a patrician demagogue flinging baseless accusations and right-wing bromides in pursuit of the singular goal of being elected governor. Diverting from that path — even if it’s good for the people of Connecticut — will not serve his ambition and wouldn’t be consistent with his record."

What do you think of Mayor Drew's opinions? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Palin Smith January 06, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Malloy's sock puppet speaks.
Chris Chatman January 06, 2014 at 03:55 PM
Really Dan Drew? You have yet to accomplish anything here in Middletown. You lack vision. You've done nothing to reduce taxes, improve education, or make this town a better place to live. This is why our residents are relocating to the surrounding communities. Wake up and get to work!
Palin Smith January 06, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Meriden voters woke up last year and elected a new conservative Mayor. Middletown voters never had the opportunity to make that choice. Better fix the Republican Party first. Is anyone listening?
Dan Tax January 06, 2014 at 09:59 PM
Loser said he would lower taxes-Well he lied.
Jay Berardino January 07, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Really Mr. Drew? "Baseless allegations"? Mr. Foley accurately discusses the conduct of the governor's office and three involving specific and serious issues: campaign contributions made by government contractors and lobbyists, economic development subsidies that have been called corporate welfare, and the Malloy administration's steady destruction of freedom ofinformation. If that conversation makes you uncomfortable Mr Drew it's time to check the accuracy of your moral compass.
My Opinion January 07, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Dear Mayor Drew, PLEASE! do not speak on subjects you are not versed on. Try to concentrate your efforts on improving Middletown and its over zealous political climate. You ran unopposed, that does NOT make you the winner. See if you can fix the over spending (issuing more bonds (borrowing)), and fix the continually increasing taxes. Improve education without the unlimited increases in spending, and reduce the towns unbelievably bloated management structure. I need say no more, focus on the town, and stay out of state politics. You are too young and unproven.
William Wilson January 07, 2014 at 12:18 PM
Mr.Foley was being factual about those the Governor has paid back for their help onhis campaign. I am still wondering what governor Malloy has in store for mayor Drew's if reelected. I am still waiting for last year's February snow storm report. Also still waiting for the China trip report and how it helps Middletown.
Newtown Mom-Z April 16, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Free John Rowland !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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