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Tom Foley
Tom foley.jpeg
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Candidate for
Governor of Connecticut
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
29th U.S. Ambassador to Ireland
High schoolPhillips Academy
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Master'sHarvard Business School
BirthdayJanuary 9, 1952
ProfessionBusiness executive and owner
Personal website
Campaign website
Thomas Coleman Foley (b. January 9, 1952) is a Republican candidate for Governor of Connecticut in the 2014 elections.[1][2] He secured the party's nomination in the primary election on August 12, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Foley last sought the governor's office in 2010. After winning the Republican primary, he faced current incumbent Gov. Democrat Dan Malloy in the general election on November 2, 2010. Foley, along with his running mate for lieutenant governor, Mark D. Boughton, lost the election by a narrow margin of about 6,200 votes, or approximately one half of one percentage point.[3][4] Rather than team up with Foley for a second time in 2014, Boughton opted to make his own bid for governor. The two will square off this August for the GOP primary nod.

From 2006-2009, Foley served as the 29th United States Ambassador to Ireland under President George W. Bush.[5][4] He has also worked for the Department of Defense and Department of State.


Foley grew up in a family of six children and attended Phillips Academy for high school. At 17, he took a year off from school to travel the country while supporting himself through various manual labor jobs. He worked construction as well as on an assembly line at a canning factory. During that year, he traveled to Alaska and joined a union.[4]

Foley earned both a bachelor's degree and M.B.A. from Harvard University. At Harvard, he played for the school's rugby team. Upon completing his education, Foley worked first with McKinsey & Company and then at Citicorp Venture Capital. He left the latter group in 1985 to found the NTC Group, an investment management company in Greenwich, Connecticut.

The NTC Group consulted with struggling businesses to design turnaround plans. The firm grew to employ 6,000 people before it ultimately went bankrupt. In addition, Foley owned South Carolina-based Stevens Aviation, which he bought in 1989.[5]

Aside from his experience as a businessman, Foley's services have been employed on several occasions by the U.S. government. Perhaps best known for his three-year posting as United States Ambassador to Ireland from 2006-2009, Foley had previously spent time in Iraq, between 2003 and 2004, leading efforts to restore the country's economy, and was consequently awarded with the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award.[4]


  • Phillips Academy
  • B.A. Harvard University
  • M.B.A. - Harvard Business School

On The Issues Vote Match

Tom Foley's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Foley is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative. Foley received a score of 45 percent on social issues and 63 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[6]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Unknown Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Unknown Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Unknown
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Unknown Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[7]



See also: Connecticut Gubernatorial election, 2014

Foley is running for Governor of Connecticut in 2014.[1] He won the Republican nomination in the August 12 primary election for the right to a rematch with Democratic incumbent Dan Malloy in the general election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2][8]

Republican primary - August 12, 2014

Governor of Connecticut, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Foley 55.6% 44,464
John McKinney 44.4% 35,563
Total Votes 80,027
Election Results Via:NBC Connecticut. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 99% precincts reporting.

Race background

On March 28, 2014, current Democratic incumbent Gov. Dan Malloy formally announced his bid for re-election to a second term. He is re-teaming with 2010 running mate and current Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman for the 2014 race.[9] Early on, Malloy was flagged as one of the most vulnerable incumbents of the 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[10] As the campaign season has progressed, the Daily Kos has reaffirmed Malloy's tenuous position, labeling the race a toss-up. The rating was assigned in consideration of a series of polls showing Malloy behind or rivaling Republican nominee Tom Foley in potential general election match-ups.[11][12] The Cook Political Report, meanwhile, has consistently rated Connecticut as "Lean D," meaning the race is competitive but the Democrats have an advantage.[13]

Malloy won the governorship in November 2010 following a hard-fought general election campaign against Republican Tom Foley, a wealthy Republican businessman and former U.S. ambassador to Ireland under former President George W. Bush. The contest ended over a week after the general election took place. There were several reversed calls on the outcome of the race before Malloy finally emerged as the victor.[14] At the May 2014 State Republican Convention, delegates endorsed Foley for the second gubernatorial cycle in a row, bringing him one step closer to a 2014 re-match against Malloy. Although Foley was the resounding favorite at the convention, fellow GOP hopeful and current state Sen. majority leader John McKinney managed to garner enough delegate support to remain eligible for the nomination, preventing Foley from running unopposed in the August 12 primary.[15]

One Independent candidate, Joe Visconti, will appear on the general election ballot alongside Malloy and Foley. Former state Rep. and career political operative Jonathan Pelto also petitioned to run as an independent, but failed to collect the minimum 7,500 signatures required to qualify for the race.[16] Pelto backed Malloy's 2010 gubernatorial campaign before publicly turning against him for his policies on education and taxes, among other issues, during Malloy's first term in office. Pelto's 2014 bid gained media attention in August when his candidate petition was signed by Ralph Nader, the perennial third party presidential candidate perhaps best known for his indirect role in spoiling Al Gore's chances at the presidency in 2000 by siphoning crucial liberal votes. Nader's sudden presence in the Connecticut Gubernatorial race evoked a sense of deja-vu for Malloy and Democratic strategists, who immediately accused Pelto of running in order to manipulate the election's outcome, not to win it.[17]

Campaign media

In "New Direction," Foley describes his plan to bring "prosperity, promise and pride" to CT by holding spending flat in short term, giving tax relief long term. - Posted to YouTube 8/2014

"Good Man" features several clips of former business associates attesting to Foley's strength of character. - Posted to YouTube 8/2014

In "Promising," Foley talks about CT's economic potential by creating new, fair opportunities and easing residents' financial struggles. - Posted to YouTube 2/2014

Released after New York City elected a Democratic mayor, Foley's exploratory committee aimed to lure NYC conservatives to Connecticut in "Wait a Second". - Posted to YouTube 11/2013


Governor of Connecticut: Malloy vs. Foley vs. Visconti
Poll Dan Malloy* (D) Tom Foley (R)Joe Visconti (I)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
September 3-8, 2014
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to
Governor of Connecticut: Malloy vs. Foley
Poll Dan Malloy* (D) Tom Foley (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University
June 12-17, 2013
Quinnipiac University
February 26-March 2, 2014
Quinnipiac University
May 1-6, 2014
July 5-24, 2014
Vox Populi
July 27-28, 2014
Gravis Marketing
August 4-7, 2014
AVERAGES 40% 42.83% 13.83% +/-3.63 1,139.83
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


See also: Connecticut gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010
  • Primary Election

Foley faced Michael Fedele and Oz Grieble in the Republican primary election on August 10, 2010. He won the nomination with 43.0% of the vote.[18]

  • General Election

Despite drawing over 47% of the vote, Foley and running mate Mark D. Boughton were defeated by Democrats Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

Governor, Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDan Malloy & Nancy Wyman 51.2% 587,182
     Republican Tom Foley & Mark E. Boughton 47.2% 540,970
     Independent Thomas E. Marsh & Cicero B. Booker, Jr. 1.5% 17,629
Total Votes 1,145,781


Foley's first marriage ended in divorce. Since 2009, he has been married to Leslie Fahrenkopf, a vice-president and associate general counsel at News Corporation in New York City. They have three children together as of 2014, including a college-age son, Tom Jr., as well as two-year-old twins, Grace and Reed.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Tom Foley for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed March 14, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 NewsTimes, "Foley: Woman would have helped ticket," January 4, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Connecticut Secretary of State, "2010 General Election Results," accessed January 8, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Tom Foley for Governor 2014 Official campaign website, "Bio," accessed June 18, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 New York Times, "Weddings, Celebrations: Leslie Fahrenkopf, Thomas Foley," April 24, 2009
  6. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  7. On The Issues, "Tom Foley Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014
  8. YouTube: Tom Foley for CT Exploratory Committee, "Tom Foley - Wait A Second," November 11, 2013
  9. Connecticut News Junkie, "Malloy Makes Re-election Bid Official," March 28, 2014
  10. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  11. The Daily Kos, "Daily Kos Elections gubernatorial race ratings (2013-14)," accessed August 11, 2014
  12. Only in Bridgeport, "Latest Polls Show Challenging Reelection For Malloy," July 28, 2014
  13. Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings," July 30, 2014
  14. The Hour, "Secretary of the State: Malloy is governor-elect," November 3, 2010
  15. The Wilton Daily Voice, "Wilton Republicans Head To Polls Tuesday To Pick Gubernatorial Candidate," August 11, 2014
  16., "Petition process not easy, but works," September 7, 2014
  17. The Hartford Courant, "Nader Signed Pelto's Petition To Get On Ballot," August 6, 2014
  18. Connecticut Secretary of State, "2010 Primary Election Results," accessed June 18, 2014