Skip to comments.Greenwich Republican Tom Foley Running Vs. Sen. Chris Dodd (Ex-US Ambassador to Ireland)
Posted on 06/03/2009 9:28:15 PM PDT by campaignPete R-CT
U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd has another Republican challenger: Former ambassador Tom Foley is entering the race. Foley is a businessman who served as U.S. ambassador to Ireland for about two years. In 2003 and 2004, he served as a U.S. government official in Iraq, overseeing businesses and developing a plan for reviving the private sector economy. For his efforts, he earned the Department of Defense distinguished public service award. Foley established a website, www.tomfoley2010.com .........
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Tom has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Harvard and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
He’s vulnerable, that’s why.
I suspect if Foley really knew what a primary was like, he would pass on this. Does an uppity guy like this wanna do 14 months of retail politics spread across 169 towns against 2 guys who are really into this stuff?
He strikes me as someone who wants to media events and not try to run from one picnic to the next in little podunk towns all summer ... and in the winter, more unpleasant.
Last January in the ice in 10 degree F weather, I went door-to-door in New Hampshire from 9a to 5p day after day ... I cannot picture this guy doing that and that is easy compared to being the guy giving the stump speech 12 times per day and shaking all those hands and small talk. Yeeeech!
I cannot picture this guy doing that.
Then again, Steve Forbes eventually got the hang of it, but it took 4 years of practice and $40 million.
there is a ton of people running now, I am not going to keep a list.
here is a good list
Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. (gee what a pompous name... especially the middle name, “Meade”) did in Utah, and he was a rich country-clubber elitist whose last “public service” was a brief stint at the end of the GHW Bush Administration as Ambassador to Singapore (what a rough assignment !). Of course, now the liberal RINO slimeball gets a reward by being sent to China... hopefully he’ll stay for good.
Huntsman ran an underdog campaign in a GOP primary in a blue state with no local GOP organization and no conserative infrastructure?
Has he ever dressed a chicken, shot a deer, driven a nail, welded a boiler, snaked a sewer line, raised up a son, met a payroll, beat up a bully, scored a touchdown, served in the military...?
No, he isn’t Sarah Palin.
“The Jon Huntsman Jr.-Nolan Karras Republican gubernatorial primary is shaping up as one terrific contest. Huntsman starts with higher name recognition ....”
“In a race that was never close, Nolan Karras has conceded the gubenatorial Republican primary to Jon Huntsman, Jr.”
Foley is an underdog to Simmons. I will be supporting Caliguiri.
Huntsman was in a primary race with a lot of people more qualified and experienced than he. It included the sitting Governor, Olene Walker, a well-respected Congressman (Jim Hansen), 2 State House Speakers (Nolan Karras & Marty Stephens) (actually 3, since Hansen had been a Speaker in the late ‘70s), and a Medical Company Exec (Fred Lampropoulos).
Oh, and I don’t use the red state/blue state post-2000 media newsspeak colors. Red is the leftist color, the color of the Socialist Democrat party. Blue is the proper color of Conservative parties, so when folks call Republicans “Red”, they’re aiding and abetting the cause of leftist propagandic disinformation and disassociation with the color that is inextricably linked with them. Commies ain’t called “Blues.” So, yeah, Utah IS a blue state... because it’s a Republican one.
dj, it was a 2-way race and it was a rout.
Huntsman, Jr.Republican 102,955 66.42%
Nolan Karras Republican 52,048 33.58%
That’s the primary, which is effectively the runoff. The fights occur at the party convention, and that’s where Huntsman barely edged Karras. I endorsed Jim Hansen prior to that.
in CT, the fight will be in AUG primary, not much focus on the convention for Foley. When you endorsed Hansen, did you get much press coverage of your endorsement?
i used to be on the email list for them. obviously, the Conn. experience in ‘91 is a case study in what we’re up against.
i’d like to get your opinion on a project, when you have time to give your full attention.
id like to get your opinion on a project, when you have time to give your full attention.
Oh, yeah, because I command the full attention of the media press corps. Seriously, I should emphasize I've endorsed no one in the CT race. I'd like to see it fully shake out. I'm not really a fan of ex-Congressman Rob Simmons, but it seems like he is potentially the strongest general election candidate (and he did take down the vile Sam Gejdenson, after he'd been written off as "undefeatable"). The downside is that if he wins, he'll likely join the Maine twins to be the most liberal GOP member of the Senate (although nowhere near as bad as the repulsive scumbag Lowell Weicker).
What’s that ?
Simmons had the NARAL endorsement over DEM Courtney is the ‘06 race.
here is the idea: Scozzafava is gaining momentum because many of the County Chairs in North Country NY are pro-choice women.
As far as lobbying GOP bigshots in the 23rd .... it would be difficult for out-of-staters to (1) phone them (2) mail them (3) fax them. But emails might work because they won’t indicate that the sender is out-of-state. Question: can we organize 100 such emails to a bunch of GOPers up there, protesting that Scozzafava is completely unacceptable?
She is the one who voted for gay marriage and has a 100% rating from NARAL. She cannot be stopped after the fact because there is no primary.
Like I said, he’d be one of the three most liberal members of the GOP caucus in the Senate.
You could try it, but I tend to find politicos don’t read unsolicited emails and more than likely if they did, they’d want to know #1, your name and #2, your location. Usually as a formality I send that info if I wish a response. Somehow I doubt a D.J. from Nashville, Tennessee is going to elicit anything other than a delete. I think these folks are going to probably have to be met face-to-face to explain the situation. I’d have to know the specifics of the individual chairs, there inclinations, their associations, et al, before I’d even know how to approach them. Some county chairs are known to operate like lords presiding over fiefdoms, and sometimes, they have to have their palms greased, if you catch my drift.
I’ll tell you something else, I may know political history well and have far-flung knowledge of the individual states, but I couldn’t even tell you who the chair of my county GOP is (not that it would matter, since my county’s GOP is non-existent, or a rump of the local Democrats). All I know is that they meet at some fancy restaurant in a place I could scarcely afford.
the only thing I can think of for out-of-staters to do is:
email folks like Oneida County Executive, Anthony J Picente, Jr. who is a GOPer.
If he gets flooded with emails, at least he knows something is up. The locals will have to deal with the County Chairs directly.
It has to get their attention and I cannot think of anything else to do because everything else gives away that you are from out of state. Unless you call and leave a message at the office and use *67 to block the caller ID.