In a virtually empty chamber, the House of Representatives quickly and quietly ended any chance Monday of overriding Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s eight vetoes.
The Democratic-controlled legislature has never overridden a veto of the Democratic governor during the past 3 1/2 years, and that did not change Monday.
Veteran Democratic lawmaker Bob Godfrey of Danbury – a deputy Speaker – presided over the chamber in the brief session that lasted about 10 minutes.
“Speaker Sharkey is not here,” Godfrey said, explaining his presence on the dais. “He’s got a perfectly good excuse. He’s on his honeymoon. He got married this weekend.”
He married former House Democratic caucus employee Diane Reynolds.
House Republican leader Larry Cafero and deputy minority leader-at-large Pam Sawyer were in attendance on the GOP side, while House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz and assistant deputy speaker Buddy Altobello attended for the Democrats. But the chamber was largely otherwise empty on a summer day.
Godfrey brought the gavel down at 11:14 a.m., and all the vetoes remained intact.