Former ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley releases letter denying domestic abuse

Republican Connecticut gubernatorial candidate and former Ireland ambassador, Tom Foley, has released a letter from former wife Lisa Foley disclaiming abuse, after hearing that The Hartford Courant would be writing a story about his alleged domestic violence.

Foley had to obtain the signed statement from Lisa Foley in 2006 before he could be approved to become President George W. Bush’s ambassador to Ireland.

"You have never threatened me, or physically abused me in any way; as I have never done with you," stated his wife in the letter, which was stamped and signed by a notary public on June 29, 2006.

The Hartford Courant story concerned a large binder of materials his ex-wife had submitted to Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland’s office in 2002, including documents saying Foley had been controlling and abusive. She had submitted the materials to contest Foley’s appointment as co-chairman of a special commission on divorce and custody.

Her 2006 statement appears to contradict the “many incidents of domestic violence” she claimed in the materials to the governor.

The Hartford Courant has already published a story about Foley’s arrest for two incidents involving motor vehicles in 1981 and 1993. The charges were later dropped.

R. Nelson “Oz” Griebel, one of Foley’s opponents in the August 10 Republican primary, claimed that the multi-millionaire businessman had “an arrest history of domestic violence allegations.”

The remarried Foley issued a statement saying: "I categorically deny that any domestic violence occurred between me and my former wife at any time before, during, or after our marriage. To raise that specter publicly without any evidence is a shameful lack of fair play in the public domain."
 

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