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Malloy Invites Public To Inaugural Ceremony


HARTFORD — Gov. -Elect Dan Malloy and Lift Gov.-Elect Nancy Wyman invite Connecticut residents to Hartford to attend the inaugural ceremony on Jan. 5.

The ceremony, which will be held at the Hartford Armory (360 Broad Street, Hartford), is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Doors open at noon, and the ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Everyone must be seated by 1:30 p.m.

People who plan on attending should arrive early, and anticipate a moderate walk from area parking lots and garages to the Hartford Armory. Additionally, parking will be available at Dillon Stadium (250 Huyshope Avenue, Hartford) and busses will take people from the stadium to the Armory.

Because of the inaugural parade, attendees should also anticipate road closures around the Capitol.

“Nancy and I are excited to begin this next chapter, and want to share it with as many Connecticut residents as we can,” Malloy said. “This free, open-to-the-public event is a good reminder of all the energy, commitment and promise we have as a state.”

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Minorities Wait As Malloy Fills Posts


By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

As governor-elect Dan Malloy  fills vacancies in his incoming administration, minorities wait patiently to see signs of political gratitude for his winning the governor’s race with the help of  solid support from urban communities across the state. So far, there’s no sign of that, onlookers say.

Last month, Connecticut State Conference of NAACP Branches’ President Scott Esdaile released a statement about the lack of diversity on Malloy’s transition team, saying it was “a slap in the face to all of the urban areas in the state of Connecticut.”

Esdaile added: “Clearly, Dan Malloy would not have been elected if the minority communities did not come out in record numbers on Election Day. Only time will tell, but we demand substantial representation at the table.”

Malloy’s early administrative appointments also lack diversity as he selects close advisors with long working and personal relationships that go back for decades.

Malloy tapped Stamford Sen. Andrew McDonald to become general counsel and East Haven Rep. Michael Lawlor to be appointed undersecretary for criminal justice policy and planning at the Office of Policy and Management, according to a recent announcement.

Both McDonald and Lawlor are Catholic and high-profiled members of the General Assembly.

Others chosen to fill vacancies include Roy Occhiogrosso as Malloy’s senior adviser. Occhiogrosso will oversee communications and provide advice on media relation and other matters.

Malloy touted their extensive leadership in government.

“Their acceptance of these offers will allow me to rely on a senior leadership team in my office ripe with experience inside and outside of state government,” Malloy said in a statement.

Other appointments also include Malloy’s running mate, Nancy Wyman. Wyman was named deputy OPM secretary. Deputy Comptroller Mark Ojakian was named an adviser to Comptroller and public policy and advocacy director for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, Gian-Carl Casa, was named undersecretary for legislative affairs. OPM employee, Ann Foley, was appointed undersecretary for policy development and planning.

Esdaile’s comment is seen as a strategic move on his part as he prepares for re-election in October. Esdaile’s challenger, Russell Williams of Hartford, said the NAACP has been largely silent on the issue of economic inequities and injustice in the state.

“They NAACP is losing its focus,” Williams said to The Hartford Guardian in a telephone interview. “It is allowing disparities and inequities to persist in Connecticut.”

Ernie Newton of Bridgeport, who posted his comment on OnlyinBridgeport.com, said he supported Esdaile’s early press release about Malloy’s pick for top posts.

“I think Scott has a right to question Governor-elect Malloy. If it had not been for the urban vote, the Democratic Party would have lost the election. Congressman Himes would have lost–and Governor-elect Malloy would have lost,” Newton writes. “Out of all the people named so far to his transition team, none of them could have motivated our communities to come out in record numbers to vote for the Democratic party. All one has to do is look at the numbers.”


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Markell Campaigns With Malloy, Tour Local Business


HARTFORD — One week before the fall election, Democratic nominee Dan Malloy and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell visited a Hartford small business and its green building site.

Gov. Jack Markell

Markell, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, praised Malloy for his “laser focus on creating more green jobs and his strong record of bringing new jobs to Stamford.”

The business, Crosskey Architects, is known for its net zero energy efficient affordable housing, according to a release from Malloy’s campaign.

And its one of the many small businesses across the country that are among Democrats and Republican’s watch list of crucial constituents this campaign season. Both political parties are hoping they won’t vent thier frustrations on them on election day.

Last month, House Democrats approved a bill to loosen credit and axe taxes for struggling small businesses.

Despite that, a recent study shows that most small businesses are leaning Republican. According to he Discover Small Business Watch for October, 51 percent of small employers across the nation said a Republican-controlled Congress would be better for the economy, compared to 37 percent who leaned Democrat and 12 percent who said they were unsure.

In addition, the study asked which party best represented their interests. The responses then were as follows: 43 percent Republican, 40 percent Democrat. The other 17 percent were either unsure or chose another party.

Rasmussen Reports conducted the study, which polled 750 small-business owners with fewer than five employees between Oct. 10-12.

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Fire Fighters Union To Endorse Malloy For Governor


HARTFORD — Democratic nominee for governor Dan Malloy is expected to be endorsed by the fire fighter’s union in the city today.

At Engine Company 1 on Main Street, Malloy and Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut (UPFFA) representatives will hold a press conference to  make the formal announement.

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Dan Malloy Fresh Off Tuesday’s Victory: “I’m A Closer “


By Fae Morgan, Ann-Marie Adams and Evan Lawrence, Staff Writers.

HARTFORD —  Fresh off a decisive victory over his challenger Ned Lamont, Democratic-nominated Dannel Malloy on Wednesday face a room full of eager journalists, wanting to know how he came from behind in the polls and engineered a commanding lead in the primary election.

“I’m a closer,” Malloy said, matter of factly at his Hartford-based headquarters. “I’ve been saying this all along. We stayed on message ,and the people of Connecticut decided who has the experience to do the job.”

About 20 percent of Democratic voters had their say on Tuesday, and Malloy captured 105,203, or 58 percent of the vote over Lamont’s 77,521, or 42 percent of the votes.

Up until Tuesday morning, Malloy trailed in the polls. But as results rolled in Tuesday night, he pulled ahead, winning by a surprising margin because the former Stamford mayor was outspent by millionaire businessman, Lamont.

Days leading up to the yesterday’s Democratic primary, many city delegates said they knew they had picked a winner at the state convention in May.

“Hartford went for Malloy at the convention,” said Sean Arena, a delegate. “We knew he’d be good for Hartford, just like how he was good for Stamford.”

On Tuesday, they were ready for a victory party as they awaited news of the latest polling numbers.

Dan Malloy and Nancy Wyman on Tuesday greet supporters at City Steam, Photo by Evan Lawrence

Vice President of the AFSCME and Political Action Committee Chair Chuck Flynn agreed. He said Malloy has lots of municipal experience and maintained a budget every year in Stamford. So he was confident Malloy can do it in Hartford, too.

That sentiment echoed throughout the room shortly after 8 p.m. as hundreds packed  City Steam Restaurant downtown Hartford. There  were many of Malloy’s long-time supporters. The majority of the people seemed to be middle- aged, working class people. A number of black supporters sprinkled the primarily white crowd. And many college students dotted the room. The big issue for those students was  jobs after graduation.

Hannah Brown, a student at Boston University, said jobs were a big issue for her, but she also liked Malloy’s energy and transportation policy.

“He was willing to go greener,” she said.

Mike Piersall, a University of  Connecticut student, said he gravitated toward  Malloy’s ticket because he outlined specific plans, “gave cold hard facts” on policies and how they would implement them.

Nancy Wyman, Malloy’s running mate for lieutenant governor, captured 110,749 or 63 percent of  the votes compared to Lamont’s running mate, Mary Glassman’s 63,863 ,or 37 percent of the votes.

When Malloy and Wyman, entered the room at City Steam, the crowd erupted.

Malloy’s speech touched on transparency and accountability to voters.

“I want to start by saying if I’d known it was going to turn out this way, I would have gotten a bigger room,” he said.

The crowd went wild.

Listen to audio of Dan Malloy’s victory speech:

Here’s a run down of the Tuesday night’s events at City Steam.

8:00 P.M. – Polls close. City Steam is empty save a few reporters and a couple of early show supporters.

9:00 P.M.- The room has now filled up with Malloy’s supporters. Everyone is drinking, eating and conversing with another. There is no tension to the room, though in talking to people everyone is a little bit nervous about tonight. There are cheers when Malloy’s name is flashed on the TV screen.

9:18 P.M.- The voting count is at 26 percent. Malloy has 58 percent and Lamont has 42 percent.

9:21- A small eruption of cheer. People look around confused trying to figure out why as rumors of Lamont’s concession begin to float.

9:29- The official word. Ned Lamont has conceded.

9:48- The room breaks out into cheer as Lamont comes onto the TV and delivers his concession speech. Smiles can be seen throughout the crowd as people gather to watch.

9:51- Malloy and Wyman enter the room and it is as if a small bomb has gone off. He walks through a sea of supporters hugging, kissing, shaking hands with all of them. The room is electric. Hooting, hollering, and cheering are at the highest volume and does not cease until Wyman takes the stage.

9:55-  Wyman takes the stage and delivers her victory speech.

10:01- Dan Malloy takes the stage and once again the room goes crazy. Throughout his speech the room’s volume goes up and down from quiet to concert. You can really feel how excited everyone is.

Additional reporting by  Brad Palmer, Fran Wilson and Nadine Henry.


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Candidates Make Final Push For Primary


HARTFORD — In the final stretch of their primary campaigns, Democratic candidates for a seat at the state Capitol will be shaking hands, debating issues and hugging babies.

Party endorsed candidate, Dan Malloy and his running mate Nancy Wyman stopped by his Hartford-base headquarters on Tuesday, rallied his supporters and volunteers to get on the phones every day this week until primary day, Aug. 10.

In the final week, Democratic Challenger Ned Lamont will continue traveling the state, meeting with the people of Connecticut and talking about his plan to move Connecticut forward, campaign aides say.On Wednesday, he plans to be in West Hartford at a town meeting.

The 1st District race–one of the most watched  House District primaries– both candidates have planted more lawn signs all over the districts and are wearing comfortable shoes.

Eight-term incumbent Ken Green was spotted burning up leather  as he canvassed neighborhoods in Hartford and Bloomfield.

So has his challenger, it seems. Matt Ritter, who has been using social networking tools to update followers on his door knocking blitz,  hasn’t updated his facebook since July 22 when he picked up another endorsement from NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC.

A son of  a former House Speaker Thomas D. Ritter, he was the top vote getter on the council and  is in his first term.

Name recognition and the good will of his father and grandfather in parts of the city has been helpful for Ritter among the party establishment. But Green is counting on anti-party establishment votes to give him his ninth term.

These are just two races among many interesting primaries across the state, but one race, which has not been billed as a must watch clash, is between incumbent State Rep. Doug McCroy and rjo Winch, his challenger for the 7th  House District.

In 2004 McCrory won a Democratic primary with 68 percent of the vote in 2004 and unseated the longest serving House member, state Rep. Annette W. Carter, a community activist since the 1970s. McCrory was unopposed in 2008.

This year, his challenger Winch is mounting a spirited campaign. Winch has been a city Councilwoman since 2003.

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Malloy Skips Hartford’s North End on Area Stops


HARTFORD — Democratic candidate for governor, Dannel Malloy was scheduled to stop by Hartford’s North End Senior Center on Coventry Road today to “meet with seniors and share his plans for supporting our elderly population as Governor.”

He didn’t.

When told of the news by a reporter, the director of the center, Karen Bailey Addison, said:

“Really? I’m suprised. No one told me about that visit,” she said. “And I don’t like being blindsided like that.”

Malloy was scheduled to be at the center at 12: 15 p.m. after a stop at a senior center in East Hartford, according to an advisory. One other reporter from The Hartford Courant showed up the North End Senior center as well, only to be given the news: there was no Dan Malloy.

” I’m really disappointed,’ said Doc Hurley, who was sitting in the lobby socializing. “Tell him he missed a very important crowd.”

Malloy’s campaign scheduler said the North End was never on the list slated for the area. It was an error in communication, said Michael Mandell, Malloy’s scheduler.

“We wouldn’t want to show up without contacting the center first,” he said.

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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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