Foley throws in the towel, Healy fights on (Audio)

The title says it all and explains why I could never back Foley with any kind of passion. Foley announced today he would concede the election, even as the Republican Party told the state it would fight on for the integrity of the system. Foley wanted to be Governor and it doesn’t surprise me fighting for the people of Connecticut was nothing more than a campaign slogan.

Foley’s concession essentially amounted to this. Yeah sure, there were voting “irregularities”, but what the heck. I lost”.

Foley, 58, a businessman and former U.S. ambassador who spent $10 million of his own money trying to succeed Gov. M. Jodi Rell, said his lawyers’ investigation found numerous irregularities in Bridgeport, but none that were willful.

“So the election Tuesday, although very close, was a conclusive victory for Dan Malloy, and this result should not be questioned,” Foley said. “I hope my supporters accept my word on this.”

Changing the outcome would have required Foley to legally challenge the validity of votes cast using ballots produced by photocopying machines after Bridgeport ran out of regular ballots. From the start of his review, Foley said, he had no intention of objecting to the emergency use of the photocopied ballots, which allowed voting to continue.

“I believe they do represent legitimate votes of well-intended voters and must be included in Tuesday’s results,” Foley said.

So let’s see. In Bridgeport we have poll workers on tape mixing official ballots with sample ballots, voters allowed to vote who were not registered, registered voters receiving multiple ballots and what does Foley say? “So the election Tuesday, although very close, was a conclusive victory for Dan Malloy, and this result should not be questioned.” And how does Mr Foley know that the irregularities were not willfull?

In the meantime State Republican Chairman Chris Healy told me this morning that he intends to file a complaint with the US Attorney’s office. Here’s today’s podcast with the Healy interview but listen in particular toward the end of the interview as Healy explains why he is filing a complaint. It’s about the integrity of the system.

In a radio interview Monday morning with commentator Jim Vicevich, Healy said that the election in Bridgeport was “a circus” that was “completely out of control.”

“I’ll make a little news here,” Healy said on the radio show on WTIC-AM. “We are going to formally ask for an investigation from the federal authorities – in writing. … We’re going to ask the U.S. Attorney to look into it. We’re going to ask the state to look into it. I’m going to ask the new secretary of the state to look into it.”

Healy also described the Bridgeport election as “a complete farce” that needs to be investigated.

UPDATE (Audio added): [audio:]

You can listen to the entire audio by clicking here. Kudos to Healy who knows what is at stake. The integrity of the system. Good riddance to Foley. I saw the character flaw in January after his first appearance on Face the State with Dennis House. He was a rich guy looking for another title and clearly out for himself. A guy who wanted to play Governor, not be Governor. It was never about the people of this state, or the fiscal emergency facing Connecticut, it was about him, a throwback to the original elitist RINOs that we will continue to purge from the party.

My instincts are always right. Always.

UPDATE 2: As I was reviewing my Foley video clips I cam across one that caught my eye. I had forgotten that Foley had told Dennis House that he intended to run for Senate against Dodd, then withdrew after Dodd dropped and Blumenthal jumped in. Just one more sign that this RINO was just fishing for a job. As I told you for months, he’s not a leader, except a leader of his own personal agenda. Instead of being a hard charger and self starter, clearly he shows he a self promoter and resume enhancer.

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Jim Vicevich

Jim is a veteran broadcaster and conservative/libertarian blogger with more than 25 years experience in TV and radio. Jim's was the long-term host of The Jim Vicevich Show on WTIC 1080 in Hartford from 2004 through 2019. Prior to radio, Jim worked as a business and financial reporter for NBC30 - the NBC owned TV station in Hartford - and as business editor at WFSB-TV in Hartford for 14 years while earning six Emmy nominations and three Telly Awards.


  1. Lynn on November 8, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    This is so hard for me. Yes, the system stinks, the WTIC video was compelling and real. I am sick to death of losing an election where so many wonderful people gave their all. Candidates and volunteers and the CT Republicans staff did everything they could. I saw a Chris Healy today at CT Republicans, that I have never seen before. The man is a fighter, but this is such a huge fight. Sad thing is we have No Republicans anywhere to help out in a federal arena. if you guys want this fight, than you better stick with Chris. There are sharks around already to attack. Please don't just lose interest and go on to the next news bite.

  2. sammy22 on November 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Hard to believe: now that Mr. Foley has conceded he gets smeared by the Right (some instincts!). All the other losers in CT get a pass?

  3. PatRiot on November 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    As the T.E.A. Party learns about the political animal, it will make better choices.

    The hard part is defeating the money.  I whole heartedly voted for Linda( what a gutsy lady) against Blumey, but I gotta tell you, I voted for Peter Schiff in the primary.  More practical experience in my mind, but not more money. 

    I am disappointed Mr. Foley, 

  4. PatRiot on November 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    @ Sammy22 – remeber that you live in Yankee fan territory.  They are the best and worst fans in the world.  Sometimes it carries over into the rest of their lives.

  5. PatRiot on November 8, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    If Chris Healy's tenacity pays off and the tide changes to Republican, who gets the job – Mike Fedele becaue he didn't concede?

  6. VictimsRevenge on November 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm

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    Something stinks about the way things unfolded here in Connecticut before, during, and after the elections. Obama came here to stump for his party members down in Bridgeport, and was received with less than a supportive greeting from the constituents of Connecticut. He was heckled and booed and was forced to stop his verbal proclamation in order to try to defend his claim that the previous administration was to blame for all of our country’s current woes.

    We’ve all been made aware of the reverse 911 calls, the fact that the polls were allowed to stay open late on Election Day, and the mysterious bags of voting ballots that turned up. Even though Bridgeport is the focal point there are other areas of the state that also had suspicious occurrences that were brought to light. That seems to be the accepted established legacy of the “Kennedy – Daley” political method that we’ve all come to know and expect.

    If you can’t prove it, then it’s just another conspiracy theory, it’s time to move on. If we dig too deeply into this it could cause a terrible disaster that will end up being something our country will have a hard time recovering from. So we’ll just keep it as another conspiracy theory, because the ones on top probably already approved this one anyway. Conspiracy theories are useful because it keeps everyone baffled and confused, and that’s what politics is all about, keeping everyone confused, puzzled, and perplexed. Once they get that going they can start to use it to create different types of stress that leads to anxiety, that leads to mild to severe medical conditions, and that keeps the medical industry going, and it’s a sure way to jump start our economy. Now do you understand how it works? It does work, it just doesn’t work for you and me, but it works great for somebody. There’s madness to this method, and we’ve all adopted it as the Status Quo.

  7. Lynn on November 9, 2010 at 2:59 am

    After another sleepless night of playing and replaying what Foley said in my head, I think I understand his actions better. He said, he had advice from his accountants and lawyers that led him to his decision not to fight. CT Republicans spent money on the Bysiewicz lawsuit, a huge convention and an election. There is not a lot of money there. Some of us who used to donate to CT Republicans now only give money to OUR candidates. Unions were not the only problem with the election, but they have the most clout and endless money. He simply decided he did not want to spend his money anymore. Hey he's a capitalist and this is certainly not a great bet. There used to be altruistic lawyers who would take this on for name recognition, but everyone is broke in this state, except the state workers.

  8. TomL on November 9, 2010 at 3:07 am

    He could have stayed in till Healey does what he says he going to do.

  9. Army Strong on November 9, 2010 at 3:20 am

    I thought Mr. Foley seemded very soft with his politics, and Jim V. was right on here today with his gut feelings about mr. foley, and like TomL say's , I too would have liked to see him stay in this until the end with Chris Healey. He gave up just to easily.   What I'm wondering is now, how come we have not recieved a ruling from the state supreme court on the Martha Dean , and Mr. Jepsen dispute about his Being qualified for that office, this now seems to have been swept under the carpet now??? What I do not understand is that mr.jepesn supposedly said that he was never a Litigator in a court room, therefore making him uneligable for the office, why no decision yet on this case. Must be the same judge that ok'ed the voting to keep going until 10:00pm in bridgeport!

  10. chris-os on November 9, 2010 at 3:22 am

    "He was a rich … looking for another title and clearly out for …self."

    "A…..who wanted to play ……….., not be …… It was never about the people of this state, or the fiscal emergency facing Connecticut, it was about…., a throwback to the original elitist RINOs that we will continue to purge from the party."


    Now change the "him" to "her" , change "man" to "woman" and 'governor" to "senator".

    healy is done-grasping at straws. Pathetic-he sold out his party for a few pesos.

    he will be thrown out, and he is aware of that.

  11. TomL on November 9, 2010 at 3:36 am

     Chris, As I've been saying all along, They all got to go, both sides.

  12. April Lynn on November 9, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Both Malloy and Foley were BAD candidates and many are left voting for the lesser of two evils.  How can CT voters reject Dodd at 70% but vote for Blumy, full well knowing he will vote along the same lines?   Why didn't the Republican leadership come out full force "last week", back their candidates relentlessly and wholeheartedly?  Why aren't the Democrats disgusted with the way the elections were handled?  I recall an ACORN incident in 2006, I guess that case got thrown out too.  CT voted for liars and career politicians who will continue to vote the same way as all the others.  Elections/politicians have turned into popularity contests where D and R are the only priority, dominated with attack ad lies (if anyone bothered to look them up), misinformation, special interests. me me me, more money and party loyalty (no matter how good or bad the candidate is).  Both parties in CT are a disappointment.  Maybe one day people will vote for the right candidate based on their principles and policies instead of their party affiliation and reject the lies they both tell and facts that don't exist.  I think that question they ask before elections of Why people don't vote, can clearly be answered.

  13. Randall Avery on November 9, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Any group of citizens can at least attempt to sue the State for electoral disenfranchisement.  Sure, demonstrating "standing" will require a stout and expensive legal effort, and may well not work.  Why are we making ourselves dependent upon a political party or the so-called "rich title seeker" to present this case?

    We are the gutless ones.  We know that our lives will be investigated, exposed, harrassed, if we were to make individual efforts to bring to light these election frauds.  And who has the money and time to do this sort of thing.

    The Courts used to talk about "a chilling effect" when considering limitations to speech.  We are not only chilled, we are effectively dead, as dead as those actually killed off in other countries (Russia) for bringing government corruption to light.

  14. William on November 9, 2010 at 5:26 am

    The lack of republicans being elected in N.E. (except NH) is part of a negative feedback loop. Democrats buy votes with social programs and raise taxes on the "wealthy" (who then raise the cost of goods to pay the higher taxes, but that's a different post) to pay for them, then incite class warfare when the "wealthy" complain about the burden. In true CT "he who transplants sustains" fashion these people leave to more business friendly States (read: red states) and attract more like-minded workers (read: non-Union). The entitled are left behind to vote for more people who promise to bleed the "rich" even more, now with less producers and even less opposition.

    When the new congress cuts off funding to welfare states (read: blue states) the inevitable State Employee layoffs will surly drive up the unemployment rate. Just as the Republican congress will surly be blamed. That will be a lot of fun

  15. Lynn on November 9, 2010 at 9:45 am

    First, went to CT Republicans again today. There is no money so no lawsuit. Chris Healy is asking for a federal investigation. The feds may or may not decide to do one. Money makes the world go around and the Unions have unlimited money. Newspapers would definitely side with them. No win!

  16. Lynn on November 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Second, I agree with you William, on almost everything. Except, why do you think that when the new Congress cuts off funding to the blue states, that it is inevitable that State employees will be laid off? That was the whole reason Malloy was elected. I know to a sane person, it would make sense to lower the CT budget deficit by laying off state workers. Failing that, at least renegotiate contracts with state workers. But, the lunatics are running the asylum. There is absolutely no check and balance in the whole state. We will continue to build up massive deficits. I used to laugh and say, how are the Democrats going to blame Gov. Rell for the budget anymore. It's not funny. They simply don't care.

  17. Anne-EH on November 9, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Jim, here is the URL from Free Republic of your posted article here:

  18. chris-os on November 9, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I watched Foley's concession speech-and he praised the press even after the tough question they barraged him with:
    Malloy's right, he is kind of a classy guy.

  19. Anne-EH on November 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I give Tom Foley a lot of credit in that he was classy in his concession speech. The truth is that CT is what I call, “CA east”, meaning that it is very hard, if not impossble for a conservative Republican to win.

  20. sammy22 on November 9, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    There is so much gnashing of teeth that one might want to move out of CT, but where ohhh where to go? Kentucky, maybe?

  21. winnie888 on November 10, 2010 at 1:13 am

    How did I know that a post about Foley would turn into a place to slam Linda McMahon again?

  22. VictimsRevenge on November 10, 2010 at 9:30 am

    If you haven't seen this map I urge you all to take a look.

  23. Lynn on November 10, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    VictimsRevenge, Awesome map. I did look at the figures and realized it was the Big 3 cities that put him in the winner's circle. However, a picture tells a thousand words. I know its stupid, but it takes a little of the sting out of the loss. It does not surprise me that this was printed in a Litchfield paper, so much better than The Courant. Thanks

  24. VictimsRevenge on November 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

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    Lynn, it kind of looks like the political map of the country. Does it not? Try to remember that this area is vital to the survival of the Democrat’s system. It’s one of their most important strong holds, and since they had to work extra hard to keep it this time it caused them to expend an exorbitant amount of time, energy and money to maintain control of their strong hold states where victory is usually considered to be a certainty, and it allowed the Republican to sweep the rest of the country.


    The Republicans took sixty four seats in the house, the most since Roosevelt in “1938”, and six in the senate, which isn’t too bad either, and we took eleven gubernatorial seats away from the Democrats. The Democrats all puff out their chests around here as if they actually won. I guess they’re just looking for that silver lining, but in this case it’s more like a filament fiber, or a delicate silver strand and that’s all they need to convince themselves that they did in fact over come the Republican onslaught so as not to lose this state with it’s whopping total of seven electoral votes.


    What I’m saying is, we did our part, and should be proud of the fact that we helped to cause these Democrats to scurry around like a bunch of second graders at recess, which aided in securing the real victory. It’s the victory that the Democrats would rather not look at. Well done!

Tom Foley

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