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Republican Tom Foley leaves the door open to running for governor again

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HARTFORD -- We may see Tom Foley on the ballot again for governor of Connecticut in the near future.

Foley, who lost elections to Gov. Dannel Malloy in 2014 and 2010, appeared on Fox CT's Real Story Sunday morning and some of his comments are making headlines.

When Fox CT's Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi asked Foley if he would make a run again for governor, he left the door open to the possibility.

"What I'm going to say is if we did have a recall statute, and the Governor was recalled, and we could have another election, I would definitely run," Foley said.

When pushed on if he would run in 2018, since the state does not have a recall provision, Foley said, "Three and a half years is a long way off."

While most states have an impeachment process for elected officials, less than 20 states are said to have recall provisions, where the public can vote to recall a state official. The state of Connecticut does not allow for recall elections of state officials, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

For example, in 2003, California voted to recall Gov. Gray Davis, who worked in state politics for 30 years, and elected Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"I think it's regrettable that Connecticut doesn't have a recall statute," Foley said. "When a candidate lies to the public or does something egregious after being elected, there is an opportunity to recall."

The Greenwich business man scolded Gov. Malloy for the recently passed budget, which included tax hikes, after the Democrat promised no new taxes while running for governor last year.

Watch the full interview here.