Connecticut’s Democratic Party released a strongly worded statement Tuesday claiming that Republican candidate for governor, Tom Foley, will repeal the state’s controversial gun laws if elected in November.
Mark Bergman, a spokesperson for Gov. Dannel Malloy’s re-election campaign, doubled down on the claim. Bergman said Foley made a campaign promise to a Second Amendment rights group, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, to repeal the series of laws.
“He said he would promise to repeal it at a closed door meeting when he contributed $1,000 to the organization,” Bergman said.
Mark McNulty, a spokesperson for Foley, flatly denied the claim.
"This is another distraction by desperate Dan Malloy who does not want to talk about his record. Tom Foley has never said he would seek to repeal the gun bill,” McNulty said in a statement.
The president of Connecticut’s Citizens Defense League, Scott Wilson, also denied it.
"I'm not sure Tom exactly told our organization that he would repeal the gun law. What I do believe he said is if, somehow, by some miracle the legislature actually passed some type of bill for repeal than he would sign it," Wilson said.
At a recording of FOX CT's political series, “The Real Story,” earlier this month, Foley told anchors Al Terzi and Jenn Bernstein that he would sign legislation to repeal the laws if the General Assembly approved it.
"It wouldn't be up to me to revise it. It would be up to the Legislature. If they came back with corrections, I'd support them,” Foley said.