Perhaps preparing for a Tom Foley victory in the Republican party primary for governor, state Democratic Party Chairman Nancy DiNardo is turning to the US Congress to get more information on the GOP frontrunner and whether he was forthright in filling out the background forms.

“I am writing to request any public documents pertaining to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s confirmation hearings of Thomas C. Foley of Connecticut when he was nominated to be Ambassador to Ireland,” DiNardo wrote Thursday to the committee’s chairman, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts. DiNardo acknowledged to the Hartford Courant’s Capitol Watch blog that she wanted the information for possible campaign use. “I am doing it because I do feel that the people of Connecticut have a right to know what Tom Foley’s record is,” she said.

The Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender reported last week that Foley wrote on background-check forms for his ambassador’s nomination that he had never been charged with anything more than a “minor traffic offense.” In fact, he was arrested on charges of first-degree attempted assault in 1981 and breach of peace in 1993. The charges in both cases were dropped.