Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s moment in the national spotlight continues. On Tuesday night, he appeared on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and discussed Monday’s spat with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
It was the Democratic governor’s second MSNBC appearance of the day. He started Tuesday with an interview on “Morning Joe.”
On “Hardball,” Malloy tangled with former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele over the minimum wage and other issues.
Matthews liked Malloy’s aggressive style (though he did refer to him as “Daniel” in the segment.)
“Can you give some of that juice to the president?” the pugnacious host asked Malloy. “Pres Obama is too much the professor from Yale these days.”
In contrast to Obama’s cerebral approach, Malloy displayed a fighter’s instinct in his battles with Jindal and other Republicans.
The liberal twitterverse gave Malloy’s performance over the past few days high marks.
Dem Gov Doubles Down On GOP Rival’s ‘Baseless’ Criticism http://t.co/AdoJuS0sH5 I WANNA SEE MORE OF DAN MALLOY! BREATH OF FRESH AIR!
— DamnedObama (@auldphartt) February 26, 2014
@CTDems @hardball @GovMalloyOffice @hardball_chris @MichaelSteele Loved Gov Malloy! He’s a treasure in this political world of b.s.!
— Laurel T. S. Leslie (@okeybelle) February 26, 2014
Democrats in my @ mentions seem pretty thrilled with how @GovMalloyOffice handled @BobbyJindal outside the WH today http://politi.co/1k5FXZM
— Jennifer Epstein ?@jeneps Feb 24
But the Republican Governors Association was not a fan.
“Governor Dan Malloy….said Connecticut’s economy is growing and that he added 43,000 jobs since he became governor. The facts speak for themselves. There are fewer people employed in Connecticut than when Malloy took office. His failed policies have increased the poverty rate and more people have had to turn to food stamps to put dinner on the table.”
– RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho