Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley attempted to drum up some support with the working class by conducting some “man on the street” interviews.
One man to whom Foley spoke won the would-be Governor’s heart when he railed against “damn liberals who want to tax people to death.” Of course, that enthusiastic supporter turned out to be a sex offender with multiple convictions.
That man was 54-year old Jerry Buchanan.
Buchanan, who is unemployed, served three months in prison in 2006 for three separate sex-assault misdemeanors, according to CTPost.com.
Foley asked the sex offender, “You going to stick around and vote in November?”
“I’m going to vote for Mr. Tom Foley,” Buchanan replied. “Not Mr. Dan Malloy who wants to tax people to death and chase ’em out.’
The video was featured as part of the GOP hopeful’s “Talk With Tom” series. “These are spontaneous, man-on-the street interviews and they are not vetted or pre-screened,” said Foley spokesman Chris Cooper. “The only information we get about the subjects comes from what they provide on tape in a two or three minute interview about their views on Connecticut.”
Democratic State Central Committee Chairman Nancy DiNardo recalled how bad of a week it has been for the candidate. “He was laughed off the stage at the AFL-CIO convention, slammed for ducking debates against his opponent, ridiculed for flip-flopping on whether he likes Bruce Springsteen, and had his grant withheld because he submitted sloppy paperwork to State Elections Enforcement Commission,” DiNardo said. “Now, he’s recklessly plastered his website with a poster boy who is a convicted sex offender. And he thinks he’s fit to run our state, support our schools, and enforce our laws?”