Category Archives: Gov. Dannel Malloy

Malloy Promotes Promotes Tax-Free Week, Shops for Jeans

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy went to a Berlin footwear and clothing shop Friday afternoon to promote the state’s upcoming tax holiday; he wound up shopping for jeans.

Malloy boasted to reporters about the size of his pants. “For a 59-year-old guy, a 32-inch waist is not too bad,” he quipped.


Malloy held a press conference at Mickey Finn’s on the Berlin Turnpike to highlight Connecticut’s annual back to school tax-free week, which runs from Aug. 17-23. During that time, the 6.35-percent tax on most clothing and shoe purchases under $300 will be waived.

Afterward, Malloy browsed for jeans, trying on two pairs of T.K. Axel Jeans, which are produced by Jade Marketing of West Hartford.

His first selection–dark-washed and slim-cut, with a 33-inch waist–was too big. Then he tried on a pair with a 32-inch waist, which fit better but were rejected as too short. “I don’t like seeing my socks,” he said.

Malloy said he’s been “a Levis guy for most of his life,” but he was sold on the Axel Jeans. He said he plans to return to the store with his son and buy a pair once tax-free week starts. The pants sell for $39.99, or two for $70.

Sean Connelly, who works in Jade Marketing’s men’s division, said he was pleased the governor liked his product. He told Malloy the company employs 75 people in West Hartford, “and thanks to you, we’re hiring.”

Before leaving the store, the increasingly lean Democrat was asked about his exercise regimen.

“My normal run is 2.3 miles and then I walk up and down a hill for two miles and then I do 300 sit ups, 300 toe touches, 300 side to sides, 300 kick and twists, 300 lift and twists and 50 rotations around the waist,” Malloy responded.



Counter-Programming: While GOP Votes for A Gubernatorial Nominee, Malloy Highlights Minimum Wage Hike

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With Republican voters busy choosing his general election opponent, Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy joined a White House conference call on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the minimum wage hike Connecticut passed earlier this year and similar efforts around the country.

Courant Staff Writer Matt Clarida listened in and files the following report:

The call was scheduled around the release of a new White House report that emphasizes the benefits of raising the minimum wage. The report said that 7 million workers have benefited from minimum wage hikes supported by President Obama. Malloy’s support of raising the wage to $10.10 in Connecticut by 2017 was highlighted throughout the call.

“I am so very proud of the president’s leadership on this issue,” Malloy said. “There are folks who, maybe their stomach tells them they are not for it, but their head tells them they are for it.”

Malloy added: “What we have found is that this has been a good shot in the arm of Connecticut. we continue to see job growth to the tune of about 1,400 jobs a month in Connecticut.”

During the question and answer period, Malloy said fears a Republican governor might repeal the hike.

“To the best of my knowledge, these things would be at risk,” he said. “There is a candidate for governor who said he would support it on a national level but that he wouldn’t support it on a state level, so that sounds like a pledge to roll it back to me.”

Malloy, the only elected official on the line, said that he isn’t sure if the minimum wage change will be an election issue.


Exclusive: Pelto Not Happy With DeLauro Comments On Getting Out of Race

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Plenty of Democrats are upset that former state legislator Jonathan Pelto is seeking a spot on the gubernatorial ballot to challenge Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

But few have gone as far as U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who says flatlly that Pelto should get out of the race.

“He should not be running for governor,” DeLauro, 71, told Capitol Watch earlier this week. “Jonathan Pelto is a very smart young man. We’ve worked together over many years. But this is not his moment.”

Pelto was taken aback upon reading those remarks.

“Of all of the things that happened so far, that one is a little odd,” Pelto told Capitol Watch. “I thought Rosa’s comment was the most offensive so far in this campaign, considering I started working with her in 1990 – 34 years ago ago. I went to her house and helped out. My feeling is if you want to endorse Malloy, go ahead and help Malloy.”

Pelto added, “She said I was a nice young man. I take it as a compliment. I am 53 years old. Of all of the things that happened so far, I find Rosa’s comments the most insulting yet.’’ Continue reading

McKinney Stumps In Greenwich On One Of Worst Traffic Days In Years

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GREENWICH — Senate Republican leader John McKinney had no idea that Thursday would be among the worst traffic days in Greenwich in recent years.

Traffic is often bad in lower Fairfield County, but a tragic accident that killed a Connecticut Army National Guard soldier caused a traffic jam on Interstate 95 South from Darien to Westchester County, N.Y. that spilled over into local streets.

That caused McKinney, who is running for governor in Tuesday’s Republican primary against business executive Tom Foley, to be 1 hour and 15 minutes late for his campaign appearance at the Greenwich Senior Center. Some seniors had already left by the time he arrived, but others greeted him with a warm welcome.

“I’m so sorry,’’ McKinney said as he greeted the center’s program director, Suzanne Testani, near the front door. “Oh, the traffic was horrible, and I actually know the back roads, too.’’

As he worked the room, McKinney went from table to table and expressed his regrets for his lateness. Many of the seniors were playing cards at tables in groups of two, four or six.

When an elderly man asked him how he was doing, McKinney responded, “I’m doing well. I’m not in traffic any more.’’

McKinney then approached a table of four women who were serious card players with about six decks of cards on the table.

“I’m smart enough not to interrupt this game,’’ McKinney said by way of introduction before asking who was winning. He then chatted with the foursome about card games played by his family members before mentioning why he had traveled to the center along Greenwich’s main shopping street.

“You may have remembered my dad, Stewart McKinney,’’ he said of the former Congressman who represented Greenwich and other communities in lower Fairfield County until his death in 1987. “I am running for governor. There are two of us left, down from six.’’

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Avon attorney Martha Dean, Shelton mayor Mark Lauretti and former West Hartford town council member Joseph Visconti are no longer running in the Republican primary. Visconti has finished gathering signatures in an attempt to get on the ballot in November.

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Malloy Campaign Ad Mentions Newtown, Hurricane Sandy, Long-Term Debt

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s newest campaign ad continues a prominent theme of the governor’s reelection bid: Whether a destructive hurricane or a school massacre, Dan Malloy is good in a crisis.

“Dan Malloy has made the tough decisions for our kids and for our future,” a narrator says in the ad. The narrator adds that Malloy has “cut $12 billion in long term debt” and “increas[ed] funding for education every year.”

The spot, called “Determination,” also credits Malloy with “providing the leadership to protect our families from gun violence.”

Malloy and the narrator are accompanied by two other Connecticut residents in the ad. Milford Mayor Ben Blake credits Malloy for his response to Hurricane Sandy, and Nicole Hockley says that “Governor Malloy has the courage and conviction to stand up and do the right thing.”

Hockley lost her son Dylan in the Sandy Hook tragedy.

To see the full ad, click here.

Malloy is spending $180,000 on the commercial this week as it is broadcast in the Hartford and New Haven regions, as well as the highly expensive New York City market that spills over into lower Fairfield County – an important voting area where Republicans traditionally have political strength.

Malloy is expected to face Republican rival Tom Foley in the November 4 general election. Foley is favored to defeat Fairfield Sen. John McKinney in the GOP primary, which is August 12.

RealClearPolitics Average Puts Foley Ahead of Malloy In Fall Election

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Real Clear Politics is out with its latest average of polls and says that Republican Tom Foley is in the lead in Connecticut over Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

The well-known political web site takes an average of the public polls for governor’s races in all 50 states, among other contests in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

The latest poll by CBS News, The New York Times, and YouGov, which had Foley ahead by 7 points, has pushed Foley into the lead in the RealClearPolitics average. But some insiders have questioned the methodology of the online poll by YouGov, thus raising questions about its accuracy. Continue reading

Courant Endorses McKinney Over Foley In GOP Gubernatorial Primary

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The Hartford Courant has endorsed Senate minority leader John McKinney over Greenwich business executive Tom Foley in the August 12 Republican primary.

The editorial states, “After the Newtown massacre of Dec. 14, 2012, the state’s Democratic governor and legislative leaders began work on a major gun safety bill. Republican state Sen. John McKinney, whose district includes Newtown, had to make a decision. He could oppose the bill and play to a part of the GOP base, or he could engage the process and try to influence the drafting of the law.

“He chose the latter and voted for the bill. The decision earned him an F rating from the National Rifle Association. It is, however, one of the reasons The Courant endorses him in the Aug. 12 gubernatorial primary against Tom Foley.

The editorial continues, “If a Republican is elected in November, he will have to work with a General Assembly dominated, almost certainly, by Democrats. It will help a great deal if the candidate knows how the place works, and has the trust of the people he is working with. That is Mr. McKinney.” Continue reading

Polling Woes: Foley’s Way Ahead of Malloy, Or Maybe Not

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If anyone needed any more evidence about how cautious you have to be of political polling these days, all they have to do is look at the results of two very different opinion surveys released in the last few days.

On Tuesday, a new-style, online type of poll on Connecticut’s gubernatorial race came out with the somewhat startling results that Republican Tom Foley was leading Democratic incumbent Dannel Malloy by nine percentage points.  One reason it got so much play – despite all the questions about how it was done – was because it was commissioned by the New York Times and CBS.

Democrat Dannel Malloy

Democrat Dannel Malloy

On Thursday, a slightly more traditional opinion survey was released, this time by a GOP-leaning group called Vox Populi Polling. It found Malloy was ahead of Foley by a single percentage point. A third-party candidate, Jonathan Pelto, came in with three percent support among those polled. With the margin of error involved, the only conclusion you could have is that the race is too close to call.

Republican Tom Foley

Republican Tom Foley

So, which one are we supposed to  believe? The NYT-CBS sponsored survey that used rather questionable online methods? Or the Vox Populi Polling results that also involved some methods (such as automated “robo-calls” to presumed voters) that traditional pollsters question?

Maybe the answer is to be very wary of both.

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

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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

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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.