If traffic was a little slower than usual along the Post Road on Friday morning, it might have been because the Foley Express was in town. Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley and his campaign bus made his way through Darien in the run-up to Tuesday's primary. The former U.S. ambassador to Ireland spoke with business owners and customers on the issues but also kept the conversation personal.
"He was very impressive," said Mabel Coyle, who was working at House of Needlepoint when Foley stopped by at the end of his tour. "He was more interested in what we were doing, how the summer was going." Foley started his trip at Espresso Neat, making his way west through the shops and stores. Foley's wife, Leslie, took a special interest in the last stop because she does needlepoint.
"I told her she could come here and needlepoint anonymously," Coyle joked.
Tom Foley focused heavily on his main campaign issue: jobs. "People here are very concerned about the economy, helping small business, and what more can the state do to restore jobs," he said after his tour. If elected, Foley said he plans to first address Connecticut's fiscal crisis, then work to make the state more appealing to potential employers.
"We're one of only two states where that's had net job losses since 1989," he said.
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