Republican state Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. issued a statement late Tuesday morning in response to this post, slamming Malloy for the remarks on Hardball. As for Labriola’s charge that public policy is a distant third behind “media attention” and “hunger for high office,” Malloy couldn’t respond — he was scheduled to appear Tuesday afternoon at the Center for American Progress for a forum on gun violence.
“Governor Malloy’s appearance yesterday on ‘Hardball’ is more disgraceful proof that there is no issue – no matter how sensitive – that Malloy won’t politicize. Trapped between his unquenchable thirst for media attention and his insatiable hunger for high office, public policy finishes a distant third on the Governor’s priority list. Demonizing his opponents and rushing to beat his fellow Democrats on radical gun control measures are just two more ways for Malloy to advance his personal political ambition. Connecticut residents need more than “zingers” from their Governor. The fact is that the Governor’s tax, borrow and spend economic policies have failed Connecticut and no amount of distractions and no number of Washington forums and talk shows can change that unfortunate fact.”
Chris Matthews brought out some of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s best zingers on gun control late Monday, during an interview on MSNBC’s Hardball. For Matthews, who shares Malloy’s disdain for Republicans in Congress trying to stop strict registration and assault weapons bans, it was more like ‘softball.’
And for Malloy, it was a colorful strut across the national stage, never bad for a governor with ambition.
On the NRA and other gun control opponents appealing directly to Republicans with their strategy: “These are real profiles in courage, aren’t they?”
On Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, having it out with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., over a weapons ban on Thursday: “They have no shame…It plays well for his constituency and I think he might even believe some of this.”
On a Washington Post/ABC News poll that shows only a bare majority of 57 percent of Americans favoring an assault weapons ban: “There’s a lot of people in Texas, I guess.”