The accolades keep coming for the manner in which Republican Tom Foley ended Connecticut’s acrimonious campaign for governor. Many of them come from the camp of the man who defeated him, Democrat Dan Malloy.

Timothy Bannon, who will be chief of staff for Malloy, said Foley performed a public service for the state with a concession speech that unequivocally declared Malloy the winner after a chaotic election day. Despite grumbling by some Republicans, Foley said his lawyers’ investigation found no credible evidence of fraud in the two cities that delivered big for Malloy, New Haven and Bridgeport.

“He went that extra mile in assuring everybody. ‘This is something the citizens should have confidence in.’ He didn’t say, ‘I’m just sick of this stuff.’ He went well beyond that,” Bannon said. “That was something he didn’t have to do. That was an incredibly public-spirited thing to do. You have to respect him for that.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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