Update: Here is a link to audio from today’s conversation with Dan Malloy. More coming soon.
Dan Malloy is back on Where We Live today, answering listener questions about his run for governor. Or, maybe it’s not a run yet. As the Connecticut Post’s Ken Dixon says it’s still an “exploration.” We’ll find out.
It’s not the first time Malloy has been on the show – he was part of our “State of the Cities” series when he was still running the city of Stamford. His decision to leave that post and start a statewide campaign backfired for Democrats there, who lost the subsequent mayoral race to Republican Michael Pavia.
Given that gamble, this seems to be a time of big decisions for Malloy. With Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz leaving the governor’s race to run for attorney general, he could benefit. But the numbers aren’t looking real good for Malloy in the latest Quinnipiac University poll. From the Courant’s Capitol Watch:
Bysiewicz had 26 percent, while Greenwich entrepreneur Ned Lamont had 23 percent. Former Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy had 9 percent, while former House Speaker James Amann trailed in fourth place with less than 5 percent.
So, will Malloy be able to capture some of those Bysiewicz supporters by making a push now?
Malloy was one of our first ever guests back in 2006, when he was running for the gubernatorial nomination – which he lost to New Haven Mayor John DeStefano.
Now, he faces a Democratic field that’s mostly got only one toe in the race: Businessman and former senate candidate Ned Lamont; Mary Glassman, the Simsbury First Selectman who ran with Malloy briefly in 2006, then jumped onto the ticket with DeStefano as a candidate for Lt. Governor; Former House Speaker Jim Amann is the only “announced” candidate – but so far he’s raised about $35,000 toward his campaign. That’s not likely to get him very far.
On the Republican side, current Lt. Governor Mike Fedele is in, despite lukewarm support from his boss, Governor Rell. Former Ambassador Tom Foley is also in, as a front-runner on the Republican side, and in the fundraising sweepstakes. Sorry, not really “fundraising” per se, but check-writing. He’s already put $2-million of his own money in. Now, we’re just waiting for his “plan forward for Connecticut.”
And, I can’t forget Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, who – if there’s nothing else going for him – seems to have Colin McEnroe’s support.
As for Malloy, he’s raised more than $440,000 toward his bid, qualifying him for state money – and he’s expected to press Lamont to accept a pledge to use public financing.
Today, I’ll be asking about that, about this little item dug up by Rick Green, which shows a letter by Malloy touting Republican senate candidate Linda McMahon’s “keen insights” into public policy, and about how, specifically, he’ll deal with the looming state budget disaster, and miserable jobs climate that’s being left for the next governor.
Listen today 9-10 a.m. – call-in 860-275-7266.