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Opinion: Third term for Malloy unlikely, even if he runs

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

In the wake of a presidential election that most observers thought would send Dannel Malloy to Washington, the inevitable question arises as to what our governor’s plans are for 2018.

It is not the case, as former top Malloy aide Roy Occhiogrosso told The Courant before Christmas, that “Speculation this far away from an election is silly.” Several would-be governors have already made moves indicating they’re considering a run for that office themselves.

And of course, if they want to qualify for public funding, all of those office seekers must hit the threshold of $250,000 in small-donation fundraising. That means anyone other than a self-funder, like erstwhile Senate candidate Linda McMahon, will have to get out of the starting gates early to be a serious candidate, either for a primary bid or a general election.

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3 comments

Piberman January 2, 2017 at 9:44 am

Gov. Malloy sits atop of one of the nation’s most formidable political machines. So there’s a big hurdle for would be successors of modest name recognition. And he does have the support of the formidable public Unions at both State and local levels. The Governor is no push over. On the other hand the CT GOP is disorganized with prior nominations of Wealthy candidates ignorant of CT’s issues. Why expect they’d do better this time ? Besides the budget problems of CT developed over decades and are not resolvable near term given the resistance of our formidable public State and local Unions. Many if not most well informed citizens understand for CT there’s no “near term deliverance”. By either Party. As long as we have part time Legislators focusing their energies on their “real jobs” elsewhere we don’t make much progress. Gov. Malloy may not be popular but he likely has a better command of the issues and possibilities than those who would seek to replace him. And stands well above our previous recent Governors who failed to address our long standing budget issues. So far no potential GOP and Democrat alternative candidate has offered a credible “alternative plan” for CT. And with good reason.

Wineshine January 2, 2017 at 11:01 am

@Terry, how can anyone be suprised at Malloy’s “astonishingly low” approval rating? I’d be astonished if it was any higher. Although it would be an honorable thing for him to do to fix the mess he’s made of the state budget, I know the definition of insanity, and wouldn’t hold my breath for any relief, even if he does run and win again.

Andrew January 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm

If Malloy tries to compete with Cuomo on the free college tuition program announced in NY today – you will know that he is running again.

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