Dan Malloy’s willingness to debate and insistence that his opponent join him became a major positive for his primary campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor against Ned Lamont. Lamont was eventually forced into a Channel 3-TV debate after refusing for weeks to take part.
Now, Malloy is throwing down the debate gauntlet again, this time to Republican Tom Foley. The former Stamford mayor says he has agreed to 19 debates—and he has listed them. He wants Foley to agree to them as well. Foley has tentatively agreed to a handful of forums but Malloy says that’s not enough.
“Here’s the real question: what possible reason could he have for not doing them? I’m running as a Citizens’ Election Program candidate, and Tom is relying on his personal wealth,” Malloy said. “We both don’t have to raise money, so we have plenty of time to debate. The bottom line is this: the next Governor of Connecticut will be our first new governor in a long time. It’s a big, important choice for the state to make. What better way to help them make that choice than to stand next to one another on a stage and tell people why we think we’re best qualified to be Governor?”
Foley has yet to respond.
The debates in question are:
• ConnCAN’s Gubernatorial Debate on Education, Middletown, September 28
• Tourism Gubernatorial Forum, Hartford, September 29
• Progreso Latino Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, New Haven, October 4
• Courant/Fox61 Debate, Hartford, October 5
• Connecticut Council of Municipalities Gubernatorial Forum, Hartford, October 6
• CT Developers Council/CT Partnership for Balanced Growth/Construction Coalition for Economic Growth Discussion with Gubernatorial Candidates, Berlin, October 7
• League of Women Voters Debate, Danbury, October 7
• The Day/WTNH-Channel 8 Debate, October 13, New London
• Connecticut Fund for the Environment’s Gubernatorial Debate, New Haven, October 14
• WABC Debate, New York City, October 15
• News12/CTN/Fairfield County Chambers of Commerce Gubernatorial Debate, Location TBD, October 19
• Channel 3 Debate, Rocky Hill, October 19
• UCONN/CDNA Debate, Storrs, October 20
• League of Women Voters Debate, Stamford, October 21
• NBC30 Debate, West Hartford, October 26
• League of Women Voters Debate, Bridgeport, October 28
• NAACP Gubernatorial Debate , Stamford, October 29
• WPLR Live Radio Debate, Milford, Date TBD
• Northwest Corner Gubernatorial Debate, Torrington, Date TBD