Category Archives: Gov. Dannel Malloy

Dodd Likes Pelto, But Supports Malloy In Tight Race For Governor This Fall

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Chris Dodd, Congress, Connecticut, General Assembly, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Jonathan Pelto Date:

Former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd goes way back with fellow eastern Connecticut Democrat Jonathan Pelto.

When asked if he has known Pelto for about 30 years, Dodd responds, “Actually longer than that.”

The relationship goes all the way back to the mid-1970s before Dodd became a prominent member of the U.S. Senate and a national political figure as general chairman of the Democratic National Committee under President Bill Clinton.

“Jonathan was about 12 or 13 years old when I was a freshman member of the House when I received a paper from a young man in Storrs, Connecticut on energy policy,” Dodd told Capitol Watch recently in an interview. “I put it in the Congressional Record. The author was Jonathan Pelto.”

Fast forward to 2014 and Pelto is now gathering signatures in an attempt to get on the ballot in the race for governor. Despite his long relationship with Pelto, Dodd says he will be voting for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

“I have great admiration for Dan Malloy,” Dodd said. “He’s not a back-slapper. He’s not a glad-hander. I don’t need someone to make me feel good with rhetoric. He’s trying to get our state in a good, strong place. I’d rather have a leader like than than someone who makes me feel good. I like Jonathan, but I’m a Dan Malloy guy.”

Candidates On The Outs

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Chris Christie, Gov. Dannel Malloy, John McKinney, Tom Foley Date:


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy agrees with Republican rival Tom Foley that Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, who is challenging Foley in the GOP’s Aug. 12 gubernatorial primary, should drop out of the race.

Thing is, Malloy also wants Foley out.

“I did note that Mr. Foley called on Mr. McKinney to get out of the race,” Malloy said Thursday with a grin. “I want to join Mr. Foley and call on both of them to get out of the race.”

It is unlikely that Foley, who came within 6,404 votes of defeating Malloy in 2010, will take up the governor’s offer. So on Friday, Malloy took a minute to throw a jab at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who visited the state this week to stump and raise money for Foley.

“Let me point something out: Republicans brought Gov. Christie into our state, and just so you know, New Jersey has no dollars in the rainy day fund, we’re shortly going to be bouncing up to about $400 million,” Malloy said, ticking off a list of areas where, he says, Connecticut is superior to New Jersey, including bond ratings and pension funding.

There is little love lost between Christie and Malloy, who have sparred on the cable television circuit and in their public statements since Malloy took office in 2011.

More From Malloy On Migrant Children

by Categorized: Children and Families, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Immigration Date:


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Friday that the federal government has not made new requests for Connecticut to house immigrant children in state facilities.

Malloy, who earlier this month rejected a federal request to put up undocumented children at the Southbury Training School, said that while the state has examined a former Gateway Community College facility in New Haven, that evaluation was purely exploratory. It revealed, Malloy said, that the building lacks a sprinkler system and has other issues and is not suitable to house children.

Still, the governor reiterated that the federal government has not made a new request for housing assistance.

“[The federal government is] not asking us to do anything, so I don’t have any plans with respect to the use of that building,” Malloy said of the Gateway facility. He also emphasized his belief that “I don’t think we should be warehousing children.”

Instead, Malloy supports the placing of children in family settings. He reported on Thursday that the federal government has made 325 such placements in Connecticut.

“Those are placements by the federal government, so those are not placements that we are involved with,” he said, adding that the state has “communicated and will continue to communicate with the federal government should they need our assistance.”

In a 20-minute press conference after a meeting of the State Bond Commission, Malloy spent most of his time answering questions about immigration, which has become a national issue as federal authorities have asked states to take in, on a temporary basis, some of the thousands of children who have streamed across the southwestern border since Jan. 1.

Malloy insisted that while he wants to help the federal government, he is determined to keep state resources flowing to Connecticut residents.

“We have [our own] children that we need to place in foster facilities,” he said. “[The federal effort] mirrors what we are doing and it doesn’t take away [from the state’s responsibilities].”


Busway Construction Causes Shutdown Near State Capitol For Weekend

by Categorized: 2014 Election, General Assembly, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Hartford, Tom Foley Date:

The construction of the new busway will cause an exit to be closed this weekend near the state Capitol.

The eastbound off-ramp on Interstate 84 will be shut down at exit 48A for the entire weekend, according to state officials.

The closure is scheduled to begin at about 10 p.m. Friday, and motorists will be directed to take a detour to the adjacent Capitol Avenue exit, which is heavily traveled on weekdays among those headed to the state Capitol and the adjacent Legislative Office Building.

The exit’s off-ramp is scheduled to be all clear by 5 a.m. Monday as commuters start heading back to the Capitol and nearby offices.

Backed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the busway has been heavily criticized by some lawmakers and Senate Republican leader John McKinney of Fairfield. The most recent criticism came during the Republican gubernatorial debate at The Hartford Courant, where McKinney referred to the project as the “busway to nowhere that nobody is going to use.” Continue reading

Republicans Don’t Like Malloy Spending – Except Sometimes

by Categorized: Gov. Dannel Malloy, John McKinney, Republicans, Tom Foley Tagged: Date:

Gov. Dannel Malloy is constantly getting hammered by Republicans for being one of those free-spending Democrats who try to bolster their reelection chances by handing out all kinds of taxpayer dollars for local projects.

Of course, there can be exceptions. Take, for example, the cool $1.5 million state grant that just happens to be going to a public golf course in the district of state House GOP Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr.

House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr.

House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr.

The money for improvements to the  Oak Hills Park golf course in Cafero’s home base of Norwalk is expected to be approved next week by the state Bond Commission. Malloy, who is facing a tough fight to win reelection to a second term this year, is chairman of the bond panel and decides what projects get to be voted on by that august body.

Cafero, like Republican gubernatorial candidates Tom Foley and John McKinney, has often blasted Malloy for his free-spending ways. On the other hand, Cafero has essentially given up his own ambitions to sit in the governor’s chair and is retiring from the legislature after this year.

This time around, Cafero is thanking the Democratic governor and calling the decision on the Oak Hills Park course “welcome news.”

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Republicans Question Accuracy Of Malloy TV Commercial

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy Date:

Republicans are questioning the accuracy of the first campaign commercial that is currently being aired on stations across the state by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s campaign.

The 60-second commercial credits Malloy with creating jobs, raising the minimum wage, and using “spending cuts and new revenue” to reduce the state’s budget deficit. The commercial does not mention that the state’s personal income, sales, corporate profits, estate, alcohol, cigar and cigarette taxes were raised in 2011 to help close the budget gap.

“The revision of history has begun,” said Senate Republican leader John McKinney of Fairfield. “This ad should win the award for “best fictional documentary in a political campaign” at a film festival.”

McKinney, who is running in the August 12 Republican primary against Greenwich business executive Tom Foley, said, “A non-fictional analysis of the Malloy record would have to account for the $2.8 billion projected deficit he has handed us, the largest tax increase ever hoisted on the people of Connecticut and the $115 million give-away to a billionaire-run hedge fund. It’s sad that Governor Dannel Malloy thinks so little of the people of Connecticut that he would insult their intelligence in this way.”

Devon Puglia, a spokesman for the state Democratic Party, responded, “The fiction so far in this campaign is the series of absurd, impossible-to-keep promises John McKinney’s been making. Truth is, Connecticut’s making progress, much to John McKinney’s and the GOP’s chagrin.” Continue reading

Dems File 2nd Complaint Against Foley

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, Hartford, John McKinney, Tom Foley Date:

State Democrats have filed their second complaint in two weeks against Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley regarding the filing of campaign expenses.

The Democrats charge that Foley has not disclosed the expenses to create a television commercial that is currently on the air on multiple stations across the state. The Democrats say that “no payments or obligations regarding advertisement production costs have been disclosed in Mr. Foley’s most recent filings” on July 10.

Those production costs to create the ad “typically run in the tens of thousands of dollars,” the party said.

In the same manner that the Foley campaign rejected the first Democratic complaint made to the State Elections Enforcement Commission, Foley campaign spokesman Christopher Cooper said, “This is another attempt by Governor Malloy and his surrogates to distract attention from his failed leadership and his terrible record as governor.”

He added, “The Foley campaign has been working with the SEEC on nearly everything we do, and we are confident that we are in compliance with all SEEC procedures.”

Citing state law, a spokesman for the SEEC, attorney Joshua Foley, said the commission cannot confirm or deny whether it received a complaint and also could not comment on the details.

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Malloy Releases TV Ad

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy Date:

It’s only July, nearly four months before the election, but Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is already going on the air with his first TV ad of the 2014 cycle. 

The one-minute spot, titled “Tough Times,” highlights one of Malloy’s perceived strengths: that he’s good in a crisis. A March, 2013 Quinnipiac University poll found that more than 75 percent of voters approve of the way he handled both the Newtown school shooting and Storm Sandy. When asked if Malloy was a strong leader in a crisis, 67 percent of those polled said yes.

The commercial references historic storms, an unprecedented budget crisis and “unimaginable evil let loose in a school.”

It ends with the tagline: Strength. Conviction. Progress.

The ad was produced by AKPD Message and Media and will run in the Hartford-New Haven and New York City media markets. (The New York market covers Fairfield County.) The total airtime purchased from July 14 to July 20 is $254,562.


Malloy, at the NGA, Asked About Hillary Clinton’s UConn Speaking Fee

by Categorized: 2016 Presidential election, Gov. Dannel Malloy, UConn Date:

The controversy over Hillary Clinton’s $250,000 fee to deliver a speech at UConn in April has followed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to Nashville.

Malloy, who is in the Music City to attend the National Governors Association summer meeting, was asked about Clinton’s fee. The speech was paid for by the UConn Foundation, not the university.

“Private foundations have the right to spend their money the way that they want to,” Malloy said, according to a tweet from Time political reporter Zeke Miller. “I don’t think it would be a controversy if she weren’t a likely candidate for president “


Malloy Says Whole State Is Battleground

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Gov. Dannel Malloy Date:


Gov. Dannel Malloy was in Waterbury on Monday, and he talked with reporters about his reelection bid. Malloy was asked almost exclusively about Republican rival Tom Foley, even though Foley must first win a primary battle against Sen. John McKinney of Fairfield on August 12 before having a potential rematch against Malloy.

Longtime state Capitol reporter Paul Hughes asked Malloy how much of a battleground Waterbury will be in this fall’s election.

“Oh hell, the whole state’s a battleground for God’s sake,” Malloy responded. “Come on! We’re going to be all over the state in campaigns. That’s what campaigns are, and it’s a battle for the future of the state of Connecticut. If you believe, as I do, that we need job growth, and certainly I can stake a claim to about 55,000 private-sector jobs having been created as a down payment, then we’re going to have this battle. That’s what campaigns are. They’re conversations about the future. We’re making and we’ll continue to make and have made solid recommendations, and we’re going to continue to do that.”

Malloy was then asked about his prospects in Waterbury, a city where Republicans traditionally receive many more votes than in hard-core Democratic cities like New Haven and Hartford. Continue reading