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Malloy Makes Foley's Personal Wealth an Issue in Race

Republican candidate for Connecticut governor Tom Foley, left, meets Shelton residents with Mayor Mark Lauretti at Shelton Day.

Governor Dannel Malloy has frequently made references to his opponent's personal wealth, painting Tom Foley as out of touch with the concerns of ordinary taxpayers. 

Malloy has questioned whether Foley has ever ridden a bus, and mentioned Foley owns a $5 million yacht and $10 million mansion, yet didn't pay taxes for two years.

Malloy occasionally brought up Foley's wealth during their 2010 race, but the governor and Connecticut Democrats have ramped up the criticism this year.

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Governor Dannel Malloy, center, with Jaroslaw Pizunski, left, and Richard Murphy, members of the Amalgamated Transit Union.

It comes as polling shows a close race. Malloy's populist message can cut both ways in an affluent Connecticut. It resonates with Malloy's base, especially labor unions, but could turn off some well-heeled voters.

Foley says Malloy and the Democrats are engaging in class warfare, which he says won't work in Connecticut.

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