HARTFORD, Conn. – HARTFORD — More than 1,800 Democratic delegates on Friday named Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to the top of the 2014 ticket along with the five incumbent constitutional officers.
Democratic delegates are hoping Malloy can overcome doggedly low public polling numbers that have changed little since his narrow, 6,404-vote victory over Republican Tom Foley in 2010.
In a speech to the delegates, Malloy pointed to fiscal progress achieved since he took office in 2011 when the state was facing a projected $3.6 billion budget deficit. He said the economic downturn forced every state to take a “good hard look in the mirror.”
“Here in Connecticut, we faced a state economy that was suffering from decades of short-term thinking and band-aid solutions,” he said. “But we made the tough choices that helped turn our state around.”
Malloy said he knew some of the choices — likely referring to the $2.6 billion two-year, tax increase approved in his first year — did not make him “the most popular guy in every room.”
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