Malloy A Lame Duck? Or Free Bird?

If he completes his second term, Dan Malloy will be governor until January 2019. His announcement not to seek a third term has set off an ambitious scramble for coveted state constitutional offices in 2018. Dozens of contenders will now emerge for a variety of offices as pols seek to qualify for the state’s public financing program that will equal a payout of tens of millions of public dough. It begs the question, is Malloy the typical lame duck office holder, or shackle free from dubious political decisions?

The Hartford Courant’s Daniela Altimari has more:

Despite this week’s unexpected declaration that he will not run for reelection, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pledged to continue tackling his ambitious agenda, including reformulating the way education aid is dispersed, overhauling the criminal justice system and closing a $1.7 billion state budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year.

But given the Democratic governor’s often rocky relationship with the legislature, including leaders of his own party, his lame-duck status could embolden lawmakers to ignore some of his less popular initiatives, such as cutting money for cities and towns, or allowing cities and towns to assess a new tax on hospitals.

“He has an opportunity to throw caution to the wind and the freedom to make bold decisions,” said Rep. Themis Klarides, the Republican leader in the state House of Representatives. “But I don’t think that that erases the fact that the governor’s philosophy is not in lockstep with the very small majority in the legislature. If the Democrats don’t feel that same sense of freedom and boldness, it’s not going to make a difference.”

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  1. Now that all of the corrections have been completed lets tell the truth about this prick.H e was the major reason why a casino was built in Bpt many years ago, Malloy was worried about the labor force from Bridgeport he would lose if there was a casino here. He said he was concerned about traffic on 95 in we got a casino and that was just bullshit. Malloy can go screw himself

    1. Andy, oh how true, Mayor Malloy didn’t like the idea of all that traffic driving pass Stamford on their way to Bridgeport. Malloy loved those building cranes in the Stamford skyline but he didn’t want Bridgeport to have that same experience. Malloy has never done anything to help Bridgeport. He can’t get out of office fast enough.

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