Gubernatorial Candidates Spar With Campaign Ads

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Campaign season is in full swing as Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley and incumbent Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy jockey for voters.

That means it's also campaign ad season, and the candidates have wasted no time calling each another out.

A lot of campaigns refer to them as “contrast ads.” Whichever term you use, they are causing both sides to defend their records and actions this election cycle.

The latest ad to hit the airwaves is called "Hurting" and was put out by Tom Foley's campaign.

It states Gov. Malloy created the largest tax increase in state history and says the state's economy struggles under his leadership.

Tuesday, Malloy’s camp fired back. Mark Bergman, the senior advisor for his campaign, said Foley’s latest ad is a “false attack”.

In a statement Bergman said, "he's trying to distort the progress Connecticut has made over the last four years to avoid talking about the damage he would inflict on our state in the next four."

Mark McNulty, Tom Foley's communications director, responded at FOX CT’s request.

McNulty said in a statement "I'm not surprised that instead of focusing on his abysmal record of Connecticut's largest tax increase, unusually slow job growth and budget gimmicks,  Bergman and his boss, Dan Malloy, are directing all of their energy and money into tearing down Tom Foley with substance-less personal attacks."

Recently, Malloy's campaign put out an ad called "The More Things Change." The ad uses some of the audio and video from Tom Foley’s recent confrontation in Sprague. It also talks about Foley’s time with the Bibb Company, saying Foley bankrupted it leaving hundreds without jobs, and that he and his company made $20 million.

Malloy stood by these claims on Monday.

"If that's what people want to elect as governor, that's their choice.  But people should know the person that's running,” said Malloy.

Earlier Tuesday, Tom Foley's campaign responded back.

McNulty said, "The fact is that Tom Foley left the company two years before it was sold to new owners who later closed the mill.  Once again, Governor Malloy has his facts and numbers wrong.”

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