Gov. Dannel P. Malloy flatly rejected rumors Thursday that he might accept a job in Washington, D.C. with President Barack Obama’s administration.
A Democrat, Malloy has been friendly with the Democratic administration – fueling rumors about his future plans. But Malloy rejected them Thursday in the way that he has done in the past.
“I am not going to Washington, except to meet with people. I love this job,” Malloy told reporters at the Jackson Laboratory groundbreaking in Farmington. “I particularly love it on days like this. I have no desire to go to Washington other than to do my work as governor.”
The issue came up again on Thursday because Malloy made a reference to the 2014 campaign while speaking in front of a large group at the groundbreaking.
“It’s great to be here actually to have the formal groundbreaking, although we do celebrate other milestones,” Malloy said. “Building parking lots on the campus was one. Tearing down a building was another. But nothing quite like breaking ground to make sure that everyone understands that we are moving forward.”
He added, “In fact, I’ve been promised that in the fall of 2014 – which may be a particularly important time for me – there may be a ribbon-cutting as well.”
Despite some rumors to the contrary, Malloy is widely expected by some insiders to be running for his second term as governor in the fall of 2014. His remarks brought a large round of applause from the crowd of Democratic legislators, UConn officials and supporters, and Jackson Lab employees.