When Tom Foley announced the formation of his exploratory committee for governor last year in Bridgeport, the Republican promised many more visits to the state’s largest city featuring an urban agenda. Will he deliver? From Neil Vigdor, Hearst Connecticut Newspapers.
They embark from the Red Rooster Deli, a popular eatery owned by the Cape Verdean immigrant Gomes where Foley takes questions from locals about his positions on charter schools, conflicts of interest in city government and gentrification.
“I find it offensive when outsiders decide what’s best for us,” said Maria Pereira, a former school board member.
Looking up from a plate of penne and meatballs, Pereira tells Foley that she voted him four years ago even though she was a leader of the local Working Families Party at the time.
“I want to get a photo of you because I think you’re the first Working Families Party chair who voted for me,” quipped Foley, whose maternal grandfather was chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party.
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