What’s the likelihood Republican Tom Foley, the former Ambassador to Ireland, will run for governor in 2014?

“Eighty-one and a half percent,” Foley joked after being asked if the likelihood he would run was around 90 percent.

“It’s a little early, but yeah I’d like to run again,” Foley said. “All the reasons I ran two years ago are reasons to run again.”

In the meantime, Foley is concentrating on supporting candidates and the Connecticut Policy Institute, a nonprofit independent think tank.

“I got really interested in policy when I ran and I think policy’s important, particularly independent, research-based policy,” Foley said.

Foley made the statements after Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon announced her economic plan Wednesday in Newington.

Is McMahon a better candidate in 2012 than she was in 2010?

“Of course, you get better. You get more practice. You get more familiar with the issues,” Foley said.

Foley lost his gubernatorial bid to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy by 6,404 votes making it the closest election since 1954.