Hartford Votes Overwhelmingly for Dan Malloy

HARTFORD –City delegates went two to one for Dan Malloy today at the Connecticut Democratic Party convention at the CT Expo Center in North Meadows.

Hartford delivered 45 votes to Malloy and 20 to Ned Lamont Saturday morning.

“We want a Democrat and we want a seat at the table,” said City Councilwoman rJo Winch, who enthusiastically supported Malloy, a former mayor of Stamford.

Seen by many as politically aligned with Mayor Eddie Perez,  Winch split with him on the delegate votes. Perez, who supported Malloy in 2006, supported Lamont today.

“We don’t always agree on issues,” Perez said of his decision. “I’ll talk to her and if she agrees, she’ll be on board.”

Winch was on board with Malloy, she said, because he’s been building relationship with the city of Hartford for the last four years.

A mayor of Stamford for 14 years, Malloy won the Connecticut Democratic Party endorsement by more than a two to one margin, or 68 percent of the votes, compared to Lamont’s 32 percent. Lamont garnered twice the required vote to force a primary this fall.

He touts his accomplishment of revitalizing an urban area by boosting job growth, lowering crime rate, and increasing number of affordable housing in Stamford.

Winch said she voted for Malloy because he’s “been in the trenches and knows about urban problems.” More importantly, she said, Malloy has “developed a deep relationship with Hartford over the last four years.” Besides “running a business is not like running a municipality.”

Edwin Vargas also voted for Malloy because he came as a proxy for a delegate who promised that vote. But as a candidate for state senator, Vargas will be on Row B with Lamont, he said.

Hartford delegates also voted overwhelmingly for Jonathan Harris as the next Secretary of State.  But Denise Merrill won the party’s endorsement.

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