Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Malloy Points out Experience in Response To Lamont Announcement

According to the Associated Press as reported on the New London DAY Website Ned Lamont is opting out of the Public Finance Program. As quoted in the article, Lamont stated that "he's not going into this battle with one arm tied behind his back."

Still Exploring Candidate and former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy responded with the following comment:

“The contrast between us couldn’t be any sharper, or the choice more clear. I spent 14 years creating thousands of jobs, balancing budgets, making government more efficient, expanding access to health care, lowering crime rates, building affordable housing, investing in clean energy, and improving transportation systems – without ever losing sight of where I came from or the obstacles I’ve overcome to get here.

“Ned seems to think his millions of dollars and his background as a cable executive are why Democrats should choose him over me. I think he’s wrong. I think Democrats want a nominee who has the right kind of experience for the job.”

There is no indication that Lamont will adher to the public financing guidelines during the primary season so that may place a real burden on the Malloy campaign to overcome the public recognition that Lamont enjoys after his high profile race against Lieberman in 2006 while Malloy and DeStefano were gasping for exposure in the gubernatorial race.

As noted by his quote, Malloy is counting on his experience in the political arena and Lamont is counting on his money. Which will the voters choose?


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  2. Scott McLean, a political science professor at Quinnipiac University, unburdened himself in the Greenwich Times: “During the Senate race, McLean said, Lamont positioned himself as a ‘vessel’ for those not in favor of the war. ‘And, right now, what it looks like is that he's the vessel of his own best interests,’ McLean said…

    “It's not a job for the faint of heart, McLean said, pointing out that Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who would have been a clear favorite, chose not to seek re-election. ‘Nobody wants to be governor, really,’ McLean said. ‘It's not a good time to be governor of this state. Our own governor doesn't want to be governor.’”

    And Malloy poked polo players in the Courant: “’When you get bored with the polo ponies, you run for office,’ he said. ‘When our American political discourse devolves to that low point, we're all in trouble.’”

  3. As expected I'll be voting for one of the 42 Republican candidates once one of them gets the nomination.

    That said, Malloy is one of the rare Democrats that doesn't frighten me half to death.
    Typically he even sounds rational, and in the past has addressed the error of our property tax based system as one of the root causes for the screwy budget problems we're forever `fixing' but never seem to solve.

    As a Republican, I do hope Lamont wins the nomination. It's obvious that his supporters have no idea how Ned scares the living daylights out of the rest of us.