Tom Foley, the 2010 and 2014 Republican nominee for governor, emerged as a tangential figure Tuesday in the corruption trial of former Gov. John G. Rowland.

Brian Foley, no relation to the nominee, testified that Justin Clark, the manger of Tom Foley’s two campaigns, recommended Rowland as a political consultant  in early 2011 to the 2012 congressional campaign of Brian Foley’s wife, Lisa Wilson-Foley.

The witness also pointed to a supposed Tom Foley-John Rowland relationship in 2010, when Wilson-Foley was a candidate for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor and Tom Foley was running for governor.

Rowland told Brian Foley in an email in July 2010 that Tom Foley’s campaign was secretly backing Wilson-Foley for lieutenant governor. It was unclear how Rowland was aware of Tom Foley’s actions.

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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