John McKinney got one thing wrong last week.
McKinney, a Republican candidate for governor, pounced on Tom Foley's announcement that he is forming an exploratory committee to see if running for governor in 2014 would be any more fun than it was last time.
"It is anticipated that he will again deposit more than $10 million of his own money into his campaign," the Senate minority leader said in an email blast.
(Candidates should avoid sterile crypto-Vulcan constructions such as "it is anticipated that." Just say, "I reckon.")
Anyway, I reckon not. One of Foley's surprises was that he might seek public financing even though he could self-fund.
"But why should I? Why should I pay for my own campaign? … I know I can, but why should I?" Foley told the press.
Am I the only one who occasionally picks up, under Foley's patrician Greenwich drawl, a touch of Edward G. Robinson as "Little Caesar?"
"Malloy, see. He tries to say two plus two is whatever he wants, see. But I don't need no cannon to take care of the likes of him, see. Why should I?"
If Foley really seeks public financing, he will be haunted by his snarky dismissal of one of his 2010 Republican opponents, Michael Fedele.
"He's a man of means,'' Foley said at the time. "Why is he using the taxpayers' money? I would think he would use his own money."
Foley was gracious and charming in defeat in 2010, but his announcement last week suggested that he had been spending some of his down time gorging on Alex Jones conspiracy videos.
Among the claims he made were that:
1. There is voter fraud "everywhere," and if there were no voter fraud in Connecticut in 2010, he would have won.
2. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy may have raised state Capitol hanky-panky to a new level, including "giving state business to friends while those friends do favors for the governor" and "letting family members accept jobs they are offered solely because he is governor."
3. Rosie O'Donnell is behind a recent "black ops" transfer of a nuclear warhead from Texas to Charleston, S.C.
Actually, he didn't say that third thing. I may have picked that up while watching an Alex Jones video.
On voter fraud, Foley left observers confused as to whether he was making crazy talk or was on the cusp of a new electoral quantum insight that most of us lack the mental capacity to grasp.
"There is unfortunately voter fraud in Connecticut and everywhere else in the country that doesn't get picked up in a recount. So if there were no voter fraud in Connecticut I think I would have won, but that doesn't mean that [Malloy] didn't legitimately win because we're never going to eliminate all voter fraud," Foley explained.
I don't get it, but then I never understood that Schrodinger's Cat thing in particle physics either.
On the hanky-panky front, Foley refused to offer specific evidence of Malloy trading favors for state work.
"It is a loaded claim and we'll give you the facts to back it up at another time," he said.
The rules may have changed, but I'm pretty sure you used to not be allowed to do that. Right? You can't say something really horrible about your opponent and then say you'll back it up later. I would expect someone with Foley's unwholesome fondness for guinea pigs, gerbils and other small rodents to know that. (I'll substantiate that claim at a future date.)
The dig about letting family members accept jobs is no mystery. That's a reference to Cathy Malloy's gig as CEO at the Greater Hartford Arts Council.
Bringing something like that up so early in the process is like shooting a flare gun into the sky and screaming, "I am prepared to spill blood and get personal and say stuff that will make the governor nuts; and I don't have to be pushed to the brink of ugliness because I am already there."
So pretty boys like John McKinney should get out of the way, see, but if Johnny Boy's looking for trouble, that's what we got the most of. See?
Colin McEnroe appears from 1 to 2 p.m. weekdays on WNPR-FM (90.5) and blogs at http://courantblogs.com/colin-mcenroe/. He can be reached at Colin@wnpr.org.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun