Mar 28, 2014
08:33 AMConnecticut Politics
Governor Malloy Is Running for Re-Election
Incumbent Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will run for a second term, he announced Friday.
It was widely expected the Democratic governor would run for re-election, though he had remained mum on any future plans. Malloy previously told reporters he likely wouldn't make an announcement about his decision to run until after the end of the current legislative session in May.
Malloy's campaign Twitter account, which had remained private until today's announcement, now features a logo saying "I'm in."
"Dan Malloy has focused on strengthening Connecticut’s future. We’ve given small businesses the help they need to grow and create good jobs, balanced the budget and reduced the state’s long-term debt by billions, and made Connecticut the first state in the nation to increase the minimum wage to $10.10/hour," said a statement on his campaign site. "But Dan Malloy is not satisfied, and he knows there is more work to be done. He is committed to making sure that our progress is felt not just by those at the top, but by all the people of Connecticut."
Malloy's announcement alongside Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman came just the day after he signed a new minimum wage bill into law that will increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017, which earned him praise from the White House and President Barack Obama, who had called for such a law to be passed in Connecticut and across the country just last month.
Several Republicans are already running hoping to unseat Malloy. The latest polling numbers from Quinnipiac suggest Malloy could face another tough race against GOP candidate Tom Foley. Foley, who lost the 2010 election to Malloy by a little more than 6,500 votes, leads other Republican contenders in a primary with 36 percent. The same poll showed voters approve of Malloy’s job 48 percent to 45 percent. According to the poll, 45 percent of voters said Malloy deserves to be re-elected, while 46 percent said he does not. Other Republican contenders include State Sen. John McKinney, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Attorney Martha Dean, West Hartford Councilman Joe Visconti and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti.
The announcement was applauded by Democrats, and state Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said she was "proud" of what has been accomplished since Malloy became governor.
"From the minute he took the oath of office, Dan Malloy has spent every single day working to strengthen Connecticut’s future. The effects of his laser-focus on economic progress can be felt everywhere: small businesses are growing and creating new jobs, more Connecticut families are moving into the middle class, and a balanced state budget means that our long-term debt has been reduced by billions. His plans for universal pre-k and college affordability are what Connecticut needs to continue its forward motion," DiNardo said in a statement. "He’s not done yet. Dan Malloy knows that until everyone in the state feels Connecticut’s progress, there’s still more work to do. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished during his first term, and I know he’s going to continue to move Connecticut forward."
As expected, news of the announcement led to opposing comments from Democrats and Republicans about Malloy's record.
"Governor Malloy’s announcement that he’s running for re-election doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. The governor has been in full campaign mode for the past six months, raising campaign cash from state contractors in a pay-to-play shakedown and misleading voters about his record in a desperate attempt to improve his abysmal approval rating," state Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said in a statement, "Unfortunately for the governor, the numbers don’t lie: Connecticut’s economy is among the worst in the nation, our unemployment rate remains significantly higher than the national average, and hundreds-of-thousands of Connecticut families are struggling to make ends meet. Under Governor Malloy, we have gone in the wrong direction. As many states are enjoying real economic recovery, Connecticut continues to lag far behind. Governor Malloy faces a difficult challenge over the next 8 months as he tries to run on a record that includes the largest tax hike in state history, $3 billion in spending increases, and an economy that continues to stagnate. Voters know that Connecticut can’t afford four more years of Dan Malloy."
The new Malloy campaign communications director James Hallinan, who previously worked as a spokesman for the Connecticut Democrats, said in a statement, "As usual, Jerry's orbiting in his own galaxy. Meanwhile, back on earth… Since Governor Malloy took office, over 50,000 private sector jobs have been created, the state budget is balanced, there's a surplus and money's been put in the Rainy Day Fund. Additionally, the minimum wage has been raised, more than 170,000 people have signed up for quality, affordable health care, pre-K is being expanded and college is being made more affordable."