Texas Gov. Rick Perry arrived in Hartford on Monday, looking to make his pitch for why Connecticut companies should move to the Lone Star State.
Perry rolled up in front on Max Downtown a few minutes before noon and his staff said as many as 40 companies were invited to meet with him.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also dropped in, saying he just wanted to show “Yankee hospitality.” Executives in the room said Malloy greeted them, but left just a few minutes after he arrived, without making any kind of counter to Perry’s selling points.
In addition to Perry, executives from some firearms manufacturers also met with South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard in New Britain on Monday. Both Republicans say that lower taxes, fewer regulations and looser firearms laws make their states more appealing than Connecticut.
Daugaard said he hadn’t met with Malloy.
“I’m not here to see him,” Daugaard said just before he went on a tour of manufacturing facilities at Stag Arms.
Here’s Perry speaking to reporters just before meeting with the companies: