After months of exploring a run for governor, former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy formally announced his candidacy Wednesday. WNPR’s Jeff Cohen reports.
Malloy, flanked by reporters, made his way to a state office building in Hartford, and signed his name.
“There you go. Great.”
“Okay, perfect, thank you.”
Malloy has spent months exploring a run for governor, but not technically campaigning. On Tuesday, he made it official.
“The reality of Connecticut is that we are a great state with great people who for many years have suffered under leadership that has failed to understand their needs.When you have the highest electric rates in the nation, it’s necessary to do something about it; when you’re one of only two states that has failed to grow jobs over a 20 year period of time, it is simply unacceptable. When your public housing is in distress and no one steps forward to rebuild it, it’s time for a change.”
Malloy served 14 years as Stamford’s mayor. He ran for and lost the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2006. Now, he’s trying again. A poll from January showed him trailing Ned Lamont, 27 to 11 percent. Lamont will self-finance his campaign; Malloy says he will qualify for public financing.
Lamont has billed himself as an economic development and business-friendly candidate. Malloy drew a distinction Wednesday.
“There are those who travel this state and say that they want to run government like a business. Please understand, I want to run Connecticut’s government like a great government that meet sour needs, that gives opportunity universally, that actually understands the aspirations of the people of Connecticut.”
Marilyn Mackay supported Lamont in his failed 2006 bid for Senate. But in this election, she’s going for Malloy, because she thinks he’s more electable.
“I think Malloy attracts other than Democrats. Lamont obviously got the Democratic vote when he ran for Senate but then when push came to shove, he lost to an independent. I don’t think that would happen with Malloy.”
Republican candidates for governor include Lt. Governor Michael Fedele and former U.S. Ambassador Tom Foley.
For WNPR, I’m Jeff Cohen.