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The Messy World of Politics

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The race for governor is already heating up, more than a year before the 2014 election. Who’s providing the heat? It’s Republican Tom Foley, who’s kicking off his campaign for Governor Malloy’s job by throwing out some accusations and getting some accusations thrown his way. Seems like a job for our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse

On WFSB's "Face the State," Foley told Dennis House, "These are all things that have been told to me by more than one reliable source, so it meets a journalistic standard."

The Connecticut Mirror's Mark Pazniokas followed up with Foley about the accusations. On The Wheelhouse, Pazniokas said that he asked Foley the same questions any editor would ask him before publishing reports on this topic.

“How do I know this to be true?” Foley asked, repeating a question posed during a telephone interview. After a long silence, he replied, “I didn’t ask for hard evidence. But these are people who I trust.”

The Wheelhouse also discussed the Department of Social Services. It's now under fire for hiring a convicted prostitute who had also been arrested for drug possession and larceny. She then stole $44,000 from the state and lawmakers are demanding answers.

We also discuss the roll-out of Access Health CT with the Mirror's Arielle Levin Becker who's been answering readers' questions about the insurance marketplace.


  • Colin McEnroe - Host of The Colin McEnroe Show on WNPR
  • Dennis House - Anchor and host of WFSB's "Face the State"
  • Mark Pazniokas - Capitol bureau chief for The Connecticut Mirror
  • Arielle Levin Becker - Reporter covering health and health care for The Connecticut Mirror

Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
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