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Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Foley participates in a televised debate with Stamford Mayor and Democratic nominee Dannel Malloy at the Belding Theater inside the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts October 5, 2010 in Hartford, Connecticut.
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Kevin Brennan
Nov. 12, 2013, 4:04 a.m.

Con­necti­c­ut gubernat­ori­al hope­ful Tom Fo­ley is already air­ing cam­paign ads on TV — but not in his home state.

The 2010 Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­ee, who is ex­plor­ing an­oth­er bid for the state’s top of­fice, launched the first TV spot of the 2014 Nut­meg State race on Monday. The ad, which is run­ning only on cable in New York City, in­vites city res­id­ents wary of May­or-elect Bill de Bla­sio’s pro­gress­ive policies to con­sider mov­ing to Con­necti­c­ut next year when the state “will prob­ably elect a new gov­ernor.”

The spot opens with an im­age of a re­cent New York Post cov­er that put de Bla­sio’s face next to a So­viet ham­mer and sickle. “Hey, New York City,” Fo­ley says while talk­ing dir­ectly to the cam­era. “With your new may­or, I know many of you are think­ing about leav­ing. Con­necti­c­ut, with the same pro­gress­ive policies you’re about to see in your city, may not be first on your mind. But wait a second. Con­necti­c­ut next year will prob­ably elect a new gov­ernor. When it does, Con­necti­c­ut once again will be the place that people want to be in the North­east.”

The “small” ad buy was sched­uled to be­gin Monday on Fox News Chan­nel and NY1 in New York City, ac­cord­ing to the Hart­ford Cour­ant. The un­usu­al tac­tic of run­ning the ad out of state speaks to what is prob­ably Fo­ley’s true aim: Gen­er­at­ing a lot of at­ten­tion and rais­ing money as a res­ult.

So far, it has worked, at least in the at­ten­tion de­part­ment: Fo­ley’s ad gen­er­ated cov­er­age late Monday in out­lets throughout Con­necti­c­ut and New York. Asked Tues­day if he was con­cerned the strategy might back­fire, Fo­ley laughed and simply said, “No.”

Fo­ley lost to Demo­crat­ic Gov. Dan­nel Mal­loy by just 1 per­cent­age point in 2010, and Re­pub­lic­ans are hope­ful that Mal­loy’s me­diocre polling num­bers give them a sol­id chance to knock him off next year. But Fo­ley faces a crowded GOP primary field, with state Sen­ate Minor­ity Lead­er John McKin­ney, state Sen. Toni Bouch­er, and Dan­bury May­or Mark Boughton, who was Fo­ley’s run­ning mate in 2010, all ready­ing cam­paigns of their own.

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