Front-running Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley’s attempt to stop rival Mike Fedele from spending more than $2.1 million in public funds moves to the state Supreme Court today (this time on the merits of the case, not an injunction). Foley is appealing a Superior Court judge’s ruling that Fedele is entitled to the funds. Foley contends that Fedele should not have been allowed to pool his qualifying donations with those of his “running mate” Mark Boughton.
It’s not entirely clear what Foley hopes to gain from his constant pursuit of the issue in the courts, other than the obvious—to deprive his rival of the money. It very well could be a move to court hard-core Republicans who oppose public financing in principle and vote in the primary.
Fedele, for his part, is wrapped up in his own little version of “Brewster’s Millions,” rushing to spend his primary public funds as fast as possible in case the court pulls the plug. Once the money is approved by the state and spent (or contracted to be spent) by the campaign, it becomes the proverbial toothpaste out of the tube. You can’t flip on the TV without seeing the lt. governor’s life story, complete with cheesy ‘80s mustache.