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Foley runs ad criticizing Gov. Malloy

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Tom Foley has not officially announced that he is running for governor in Connecticut; however, he is already running ads in another state.

Voters in New York City got a chance to hear from the Republican businessman, who said he's pretty close to taking another stab at being governor.

Even with the ad, Foley can't get New Yorkers to vote for him, but he's certainly testing the waters in hopes of getting supporters.

In the ad, Foley took shots at New York's new mayor, Bill De Blasio, who he compared to being a communist and a liberal.

During the ad, Foley quickly turns it back to the state where he wants to be governor, but hasn't quite made the commitment. 

"Wait a second, Connecticut next year will probably elect a new governor and will once again be the place to be in the Northeast," the ad states. "So enjoy a year in your city and then come join us in Connecticut."

"We have an opportunity here in Connecticut to get some of those jobs and some of those people, but not with Gov. Malloy is charge," Foley told Eyewitness News on Monday.

Malloy hasn't said whether he will run again, but many believe he will after seeing the ad.

"Foley continues to pursue the most bizarre political strategy known to man. At the rate he's going, he won't even be the party's nominee much less governor," the Connecticut Democratic Party said in a statement Monday. 

Foley's Republican contenders said they aren't impressed either.

"I am running to be the next governor of Connecticut. Foley is spending his time and money talking to the people of New York," said John McKinney, who has officially entered the governor's race. 

Mark Boughton said in a statement, "Our strategy will be to speak to Connecticut's residents - not New York City."

Toni Boucher, who is another Republican considering a run, told Eyewitness News she didn't want to comment on the ad, but agrees Connecticut has become increasingly unfriendly to business.

Eyewitness News was told the ad cost a few thousand dollars and was only running on Monday. 

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