Although he has attended a fundraiser for Mayor Bill Finch, Governor Dan Malloy stopped short, for now, of endorsing him for a third four-year term before the expected Democratic primary that could include both former Mayor Joe Ganim and Finch’s 2011 primary opponent Mary-Jane Foster whom the governor described as a friend. Malloy appeared Sunday morning on Dennis House’s Face The State program.
You can listen to Malloy’s remarks at the 10:47 mark of the attached video. Malloy also sidestepped when House asked him about Ganim.
“I have not made an endorsement,” Malloy said when questioned by House about the primary field. “I have been to things with Bill. I have worked with him. I think what he is doing on the environment side is very important. I have to say holding public office is not the easiest job.”
When pressed by House if he’d make an endorsement Malloy said “One endorsement for the day is enough,” a reference to his endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president.
In recent years, following a scratchy relationship after Finch endorsed Ned Lamont over Malloy for governor in 2010, the relationship between Finch and Malloy has improved with Finch supporting many of Malloy’s initiatives.
Foster has been an active supporter of Malloy.
Ganim and Malloy were never warm and fuzzy when Ganim was mayor and Malloy served as chief executive of Stamford. Ganim was a rising star in state Democratic Party politics when he was indicted and subsequently convicted on federal corruption charges in 2003.