A picture from Tom Foley's first TV ad in 2014
Tom Foley's first TV ad in 2014

Want to see how Connecticut’s candidates for governor are trying to sell themselves to you? Here are their ads and our analyses.

Updated: August 7

1. Tom Foley as family man

The GOP frontrunner’s first ad emphasized his personal side.

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Read more: Tom Foley a ‘regular guy’ and ‘great dad’ in first TV ad

2. Dan Malloy and tough times

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first re-election TV spot pointed to the challenges the state has faced during his tenure.

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Read more: A Malloy ad by Obama’s team that echoes Reagan

3. John McKinney’s infamous audio

GOP candidate Sen. John P. McKinney says he’ll cut state spending, unlike his opponents. The ad quotes Foley saying he won’t cut spending — but it turns out those weren’t the candidate’s exact words.

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Read more: WNPR says McKinney edited its audio for attack on Foley

4. Foley vs. the insiders

Foley brands both McKinney and Malloy as insiders who pushed failed policies and tax hikes. It takes some liberties with McKinney’s record.

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Read more: Foley ad takes liberties with McKinney record

5. McKinney: ‘Is he kidding?’

McKinney says Foley is wrong about his record.

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Read more: Ad wars escalate as McKinney accuses Foley of lying

6. McKinney-Walker: A promised tax cut

They ran the ad before they released their plan, but John P. McKinney and his running mate, David M. Walker, say they have a way to cut middle-class income taxes.

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 Read more: McKinney-Walker promise income-tax cut in new commercial

7. Tom Foley, the ‘good man’

This Tom Foley ad features people who’ve worked for the candidate. (You might recognize them from his 2010 ad.)

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Read more: In this Foley campaign ad, the testimonials are from 2010

8. Malloy ad features a Sandy Hook mom

Malloy’s second ad includes a testimonial from Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son, Dylan, was among those fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Read more: A Newtown mom praises Malloy in campaign ad

9. Foley ad promises a ‘new direction’

Foley takes a generic swipe at unnamed politicians and promises a new direction if elected.

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Read more: Foley ad promises ‘new direction,’ but offers no map

10. McKinney ad hits Foley as ill-informed

In “The Clear Choice,” McKinney uses footage of Foley arguing with laid-off workers and a Democratic first selectwoman outside a doomed paper mill.

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Read more: McKinney takes hard, closing shot in GOP primary

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