Connecticut: Foley Follows McMahon, Hits TV Airwaves

Posted October 7, 2009 at 6:32pm

Former Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley this week became the second Republican to air television ads in the crowded Senate primary, which is 10 months away.

Foley is among those seeking the GOP nomination in the race against Sen. Chris Dodd (D), including World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, former Rep. Rob Simmons, state Sen. Sam Caligiuri and businessman Peter Schiff.

The 30-second spot, “Cycle,— began airing statewide Wednesday.

“It’s a vicious cycle,— Foley says in the ad. “The special interests contribute to the politicians and the politicians spend our money on behalf of the special interests. And Chris Dodd? He’s one of the worst offenders. I’m Tom Foley. I’ve spent my career in business, not politics. I know how the economy works, how jobs are created and why they leave. I’m running for the U.S. Senate, refusing special interest money, with a plan to start reducing our debt and bring jobs back to Connecticut.—

Foley also announced last week that he raised $780,000 in the past three months, including $500,000 from his own wallet.

McMahon hit the airwaves in September with her first TV ad. Dodd, who has trailed Simmons in several public polls, has also already aired a couple of ads boasting his accomplishments in the Senate.