Republican Tom Foley’s new ad is a generic swipe at the “same old policies and politicians in charge,” a spot that seems to look past next week’s GOP primary for governor to the November election.

In his fourth ad, Foley names no names — unlike an earlier spot in which he attacked his GOP rival, Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney, and the Democrat they both hope to unseat in the fall, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Instead, Foley genially promises a “new direction,”  including “tax relief for working families.” But the ad has no footnotes and refers to no plan.

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 The text of the new ad: 

“No matter where you live in Connecticut, things can be better.

“But things won’t get better with the same old policies and politicians in charge.

“We need a different direction.

“As Governor I will hold spending flat over two years to get control of our budget.

“Then we will provide tax relief for working families.

“We will invest in our children by fixing broken schools.

“We’ll eliminate taxes and fees that cost more to collect than the generate.

“Then we’ll get rid of excess regulations and treat job creators like friends, not whipping boys.

“We’ll make government even more responsive to the needs of ordinary people.

“And when we’re done, Connecticut will come roaring back.

“Prosperity, promise and pride aren’t that far away. They’re just in a different direction.”

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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