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Tom Foley to run for Connecticut governor again

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Former 2010 Connecticut Republican candidate for governor Tom Foley announced Wednesday he will take another run at the governor's mansion in 2014.

"Connecticut is an extraordinarily beautiful state with a rich history and a strong, diverse, and hardworking citizenry," Foley said in a statement. "But many people are disappointed and unhappy with what's happening today in Connecticut."

The former U.S. ambassador to Ireland pledged to provide new leadership and a new direction for the state that will "reverse the state's tax-and-spend policies, create jobs, and fix the problem of our least fortunate citizens."

Foley will challenge incumbent Gov. Dannel Malloy, who narrowly bested Foley during the 2010 race in which Foley spent more than $10 million of his own money. Foley made his announcement at a VFW post in Waterbury.

"Jobs are still hard to find," Foley said. "Governor Malloy's huge tax increase has placed a heavy burden on working families and has acted like a brake on our economy."

Malloy has yet to announce whether he'll seek a second term, however a Quinnipiac poll released last June showed Foley with an early, 43 to 40 percent lead over Malloy.

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