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.