My column this week addresses the morality of this.
Now let’s look at the politics. Somebody in his campaign surely told Malloy he’d get beaten up if he took the kids. So what about that?
a. At this point in the race, he gets beaten up either way. Yesterday in their debate, his Republican opponents Tom Foley and John McKinney discovered their inner Jane Fondas and took whacks at Malloy for NOT housing the kids.
b. It somehow looks even worse with Deval Patrick stepping up to help.
c. It could have been framed neatly. Connecticut was offered federal money to fix up a bad building and then care for these kids. That’s jobs, jobs, jobs. Malloy could have made Connecticut jobs part of the deal.
d. At minimum, Malloy could have said, “Look, Southbury is falling down, but we do want to help. I’ve got people inventorying all the space, public and private, we do have. Let’s work something out.”
e. In another close election, he needs the Latino vote. Big time. Think he helped himself with this?