Gov. Dannel P. Malloy got national attention on Monday with an in-studio appearance on “Hardball” on MSNBC – a program preferred by Democrats.
Malloy went back and forth with host Chris Matthews on gun control in an appearance seen in Hartford and around the country.
When Matthews asked about the recent partisan votes with the Senate Republicans voting against a series of gun control measures, Malloy responded, “These are real profiles in courage, aren’t they?”
Matthews laughed and said, “Well, they can’t all be sick.”
Matthews added, “I guess they believe in same-sex marriage between the NRA and the Republican Party.”
But state Republican chairman Jerry Labriola was not impressed with Malloy’s appearance.
“Governor Malloy’s appearance yesterday on ‘Hardball’ is more disgraceful proof that there is no issue – no matter how sensitive – that Malloy won’t politicize,” Labriola said Tuesday. “Trapped between his unquenchable thirst for media attention and his insatiable hunger for high office, public policy finishes a distant third on the Governor’s priority list.”
“Demonizing his opponents and rushing to beat his fellow Democrats on radical gun control measures are just two more ways for Malloy to advance his personal political ambition,” Labriola said. “Connecticut residents need more than “zingers” from their governor. The fact is that the governor’s tax, borrow and spend economic policies have failed Connecticut and no amount of distractions and no number of Washington forums and talk shows can change that unfortunate fact.”
During the program, Matthews then showed a film clip of freshman Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas clashing with Democrat Dianne Feinstein over the Second Amendment and the First Amendment.
“I’m not a sixth-grader,” Feinstein responded to Cruz. ”Senator, I’ve been on this committee for 20 years. I was a mayor for nine years. I’ve looked at bodies that have been shot with these weapons. I’ve seen the bullets that implode. In Sandy Hook, youngsters were dismembered. It’s fine you want to lecture me on the Constitution. … I’ve studied the Constitution myself. I am reasonably well educated, and I thank you for the lecture.”
Concerning Republicans, Malloy said, “They have no shame, to go back to the McCarthy period. And I think Senator Cruz is one of those individuals. He’ll demagogue this issue, and it plays well for his constituency, and I think he might even believe some of this.”
Regarding a Washington Post/ABC News poll that shows 57 percent of Americans favor a ban on assault weapons : “There’s a lot of people in Texas, I guess.”