One day after his very public spat with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in front of the White House on the minimum wage, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called Jindal\’s comments \”ridiculous.\”
Appearing Tuesday on MSNBC\’s \”Morning Joe,\” Malloy, a Democrat from Connecticut, made a passionate pitch for raising the wage and dismissed Jindal\’s critique as \”baseless.\”
\”I\’m a Jesuit-educated individual,\’\’ Malloy said. \”I know what an ad homiem attack is, it is baseless. To equate talking about about the minimum wage with the white flag and somehow we\’re becoming a minimum wage society is ultimately ridiculous.\”
Malloy said Jindal, a Republican whose state has the third-highest poverty rate in the nation, \”should be embracing the minimum wage.\”
\”It is baseless to equate the talking about the minimum wage with the white flag,” Malloy said. Jindal\’s suggestion that “somehow we’re becoming a minimum wage society is ultimately ridiculous.”
Asked what his fellow governors think of raising the minimum wage, Malloy suggested most would privately support it. \”I think if there\’s not a TV camera in the room, they\’re all in favor of it,\’\’ he said. \”They understand the significance of it. Most of us made the minimum wage at some point in our lives.\”
\”Morning Joe\” said it invited Jindal on as well, but he was travelling.