Is House Republican leader Larry Cafero running for governor?
With the 2014 election two years away, he says he has not made that decision. In the meantime, it appears that Cafero will not be backing down from his criticism of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy regarding the projected state budget deficit of $365 million in the current year and $1.2 billion in the next fiscal year.
Cafero had complained that Malloy’s budget was not transparent, which prompted Malloy to respond last week.
When asked about Cafero’s comments on transparency, which has been one of the stated tenets of the administration, Malloy said, “He’s wrong. Representative Cafero has expressed his desire to become governor of the state of Connecticut. You folks are going to have to get used to putting everything in context, and I’m sure that that will appear in your papers every time you report what he has to say. Having said that, he’s wrong. I don’t know how else to say it. The data is the data. The data becomes available when it’s available.”
But Cafero countered that Malloy’s statements must also be considered in a political context.
“If that is his measurement, then you guys shouldn’t even cover him because he’s running for governor and everything he says is because he’s running for governor,” Cafero said. “The governor’s office, for whatever reason, chose to hold this back until after the election. … One thing I do know for certain – he is running for governor. What does that have to do with a $365 million deficit? It has nothing to do with it. It’s a diversionary tactic. The only person who’s definitely running for governor in 2014 is Dannel P. Malloy.”