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Opinion: Pelto’s quixotic quest

Given the enemies Gov. Dannel Malloy has made over the last three-and-a-half years among public-sector labor unions, teachers, and even environmentalists, it’s not surprising that he’d face a challenge from the left in his bid for re-election this year.

But as an unaffiliated voter who longs for a viable alternative to Democrats and Republicans, it pains me to say this: Unless they’re led by high-profile converts such as Lowell P. Weicker, third-party efforts are doomed to die. Yet the inevitability of failure doesn’t dissuade the faithful from urging their ideological heroes to tilt at windmills.

Not that liberals don’t have a legitimate gripe against Malloy. Any number of principled progressive pundits — mostly public education advocates such as Hearst’s Wendy Lecker and CT News Junkie’s own Sarah Darer Littman  — have made a persuasive case that Malloy doesn’t respect the work of teachers and that his education reform efforts have been unduly influenced by corporations and others who want to remake traditional public education.

Enter former state representative Jonathan Pelto, who plans to form an exploratory committee to scope out a third-party run for governor. An erstwhile supporter of “Dan” Malloy’s 2010 bid for governor, Pelto quickly turned on “Dannel” Malloy after being passed over for a post in the new administration. Contrary to widespread belief, I really doubt that Pelto became a fierce critic of Malloy’s simply because he missed out on getting a seat at the governor’s table.

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.

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