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Opinion: Making my head spin: From ‘Dan’ To ‘Dannel’ and back again

Contributing op-ed columnist 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.

While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy still languishes in the polls, tied with his likely GOP opponent and unable to crack the 50 percent approval threshold, the odds that he will be re-elected in November are improving slightly with each passing week.

As Malloy campaigns to stay in Hartford for four more years, a curious phenomenon is occurring: “Dannel” has once again become “Dan.” Malloy spent the better part of six years trying to become governor. He was known then as “Dan” — the regular guy from Stamford whose record as mayor of that thriving city qualified him to run the state.

But when he finally prevailed in 2010 over Republican Tom Foley, Malloy promptly announced he wanted to be known as “Dannel P. Malloy” from here on out.

“I like the name that my mother gave me,” he said shortly after ordering new business cards sporting the governor’s title. “I insisted that we go back to my formal name as opposed to Dan.”

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