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Gov. Malloy: Romney Budget Would ‘Decimate’ CT Housing Market

Patch sits down with Gov. Dannel Malloy before his Wednesday speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

 

Governor, we had a big night of speeches last night, and you’ll be speaking later today. What are you planning to talk about?

Well, we’re going to continue the process — all the speakers — of making crystal clear the differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. We’re for building the middle class, not taking it apart. We’re for building programs that support the building class and allow people who aspire to be in the middle class to move forward. That’s the story that we have to tell and it started to come out pretty brilliantly last night.

Obama is seeing a decline in fundraising dollars everywhere, including Connecticut, where there are some deep blue pockets. Why do you think that is?

I don’t think the President was working as hard at fundraising. Remember he didn’t go through a primary stage, and if he had, I think he would have raised more money. Just recently the President raised about $1.8 million up in Connecticut, so I think he’ll catch up.

What does Obama need to do to excite Connecticut voters?

I think Connecticut voters are pretty excited. Connecticut votes very well in presidential elections, so there’s no apathy about Connecticut. We have a senate rate that’s going to be very close and down to the wire; but the Democrats are going to win that seat as well.

State GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola recently went on the record to say that Connecticut Republicans can be competitive in this year's presidential race. Can they?

No, they can’t. Mitt Romney is not going to win Connecticut, because people understand that he’s about outsourcing. They understand that he has a program that would decimate the middle class of the country. Effectively to pay for his plan, he’d have to raise taxes on the middle class by $2k per family to pay for a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans averaging $256 thousand dollars. And let me tell you this about Connecticut [residents], they understand the value of Obamacare. People have talked about this in the past in negative plans. Well all of a sudden people realize that if they have a son or daughter who is between the ages of 21 and 26, they’re now covered pretty inexpensively on a health care plan, as part of what the President did. Many other things have come about as a result, including (plans) for senior citizens. About 49k of them are no longer losing benefits, because they were considered in the “donut hole.” There are a lot of reasons that ensure we’ll get this job done.

What can a president do for towns and cities in Connecticut, in terms of supporting their infrastructure projects, and why do you think Obama would be the better choice?

Well, here’s a commitment the Obama administration has made to train service. We are seeing hundreds of millions of dollars coming to Connecticut to restore train service, where it once existed on the commuter line, and to modernize Metro North, which is largest train system in the country. He’s also committed to a modern highway system. Just this past week, a couple of our smaller airports got grants under a transportation program this President has championed and Mitt Romney has said it needs to be cut out of the budget.

You spend a lot of time meeting with voters across the state. What's the biggest misunderstanding among Connecticut voters about the nominees?

Republicans are spending a lot of time and energy trying to convince people that America is not in a better place today than it was four years ago, but this president has overseen the creation of over 4.5 million jobs, Osama Bin Laden is dead, the Iraq war has ended, and the Afghan war is being drawn down. Manufacturing jobs have grown for two years in a row, the first time since the early ‘90s that that happened in the United States. This president has a great record to run on, but he’s running against people who spent three days in Florida not talking about their platform or budget and trying to pretend that they are somehow Republicans. That wasn’t a Republican convention; that was a Tea Party convention where they invited a couple of Republicans. We’ve got to correct the information that’s been put out by Republicans.

What have you enjoyed most this week, and what have been some highlights?

Well, I like to work, and I like to work hard. I’ve been asked to represent the President at a number of forums. I just completed one with the North Carolina delegation. I certainly enjoy any time I can spend time hearing from people around the country about some of the best ideas. I’ve had some great conversations with my fellow Democratic governors about how they’re moving their states forward and how they’re working with our President to do that. It’s a great boost. By the way, I think that Michelle Obama’s speech last night will go down as one of the great addresses, not just by a First Lady, by any person who is speaking of The President of the United States.

Cari September 05, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I find it ironic that the DNC asked Governor Malloy to pitch for Obama considering he is ranked as one of the worst governors in the U.S. The damage Malloy has done and is doing to the state of CT is equivalent to the damage President Obama has done to this country. Both are out of control spenders and refuse to accept responsibility for their failed policies that come at a high price to the taxpayers. As far as outsourcing - Tony James President of Blackstone Group held a fundraiser for Obama at $35,800 per person. For those of you who are unaware of Blackstone they are the world’s fifth largest private equity firm focused on leveraged buyouts. They have been referred to as barbaric by some financial publications. They don’t purchase companies that are failing and about to go under. They purchase companies that are turning a profit and are successful. After the acquisition they are notorious for outsourcing a large percentage of the work overseas to increase their profit.
Catherine & Dennis September 05, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Well, watching CNN, they werent interested in hearing from Dannel...while he was on stage they were talking about who the :exciting speakers: will be tonight. LOL.
Kate S September 06, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Gov. Malloy apparently is not in touch with the number of 20-30-somethings who have had to move back in with their parents due to this Democrat administration's policies on debt accumulation, high regulatory environment, and lack of job creation. Does he not see this as a connection between a lack of fundraising dollars and a drop in the president's popularity especially among women and young people (20-30's) who have been so negatively impacted by the policies of this administration.
R Eleveld September 06, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Malloy as I have written before gave Bridgewater $115MM to STAY in CT. They manage 170B (that is a B as in Ohhhh Boy) and are ranked as one of the largest hedge funds in the WORLD, the CEO made around $4B (that is a B as in Bankroll). So why on this earth would we give this company money? Really? They needed the foolish poor Dems and everyone else to bankroll this travesty! We do not need this behavior. It is time to change the State House to Republican Control and send Spendlloy a clear message, enough is enough. Malloy press Release: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?A=4010&Q=509466 Info on Bridgewater: http://www.bwater.com/home/our-company/company.aspx Bridgewater's Dalio topped list with almost $4 bln http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/30/hedgefunds-survey-idUSL2E8ET7MH20120330 Ray Dalio is President and Chief Investment Officer of Bridgewater Associates, which manages $170 billion. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=ray%20dalio%20is%20president%20and%20chief%20investment%20officer%20of%20bridgewater%20associates%2C%20which%20manages%20%24170%20billion.&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCMQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fbigthink.com%2Fusers%2Fraydalio&ei=erJIUNzcFa-G0QH464HgAw&usg=AFQjCNFaQLTX0Rx5Pajp-J_StigE2QrhZA
R Eleveld September 06, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Sometimes the obvious is not that obvious. Malloy is hoping Obama is in for another 4 so he can get a job with the administration. Then he can leave the mess in CT, move to Wash. and when we forget about him, move to FL where does not have to deal with his Tax and Tax some more policies. Then those 20- and 30's will be 20, 30, and 40's will still be living with the 'rents and paying to give a billionaires more money!
MAC September 07, 2012 at 12:32 AM
The "thrill up the leg" over Obama is so over that The Hill poll found only 40 % want him in the WH for another term. Also so "over" that the DEMS had to use a phony thunderstorm threat to move his speech to a 20,000 seat stadium, rather than show most of the 74,000 seats at the B of A stadium empty for "the One's" speech tonight. The more people follow the DEM convention, it will make a Romney Ryan "America's Comeback Team" victory a sure thing!! 1) There was a video the DEMS showed, which talked about everyone "Belonging to Government" of all preposterous notions!!! No, you statist radicals! The government "belongs" to "We the People"; and Obama, congress, Malloy etc. WORK FOR US!!! 2) There was the fiasco over the DEM party platform, with their appalling removal of "GOD" from their platform--and inserting Obama's name OVER 100 TIMES--and denying recognition of Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel. Obama told them they needed to "fix" this problem--so they took a voice vote on amending the platform to reverse those stands, which were so upsetting to the American public. In order for the amendment to pass, the rules dictated a 2/3 majority. The outcome was pre-determined and on the L.A. mayor's teleprompter, so he had the voice vote done 3 times, which clearly showed the "No" votes at least as loud as the "Yes"! Shockingly, he declared it passed, amidst boos from the delegates! 3) Sandra Fluke's "gimme free birth control" rant was moved to prime time.
Catherine & Dennis September 07, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Malloy is destroying CT all by himself.
Sean September 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
This comes from a guy who hands out MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of dollars to corporations who are already here in CT. Corporations that don't need money either. He claims to have created 50,000 jobs! LOL PLEASE DO THE MATH FOR ME DANNEL! He is also the man who is supposedly leading while the Dept. of Administrative Services of Connecticut is BUYING A LEAR JET with money bonded for BUILDING A SCHOOL!!!! Malloy is an empty suit! What ever happened to the State of COnnecticut employees who lied to get hand outs after the storms?.....NOTHING!! He gave MILLIONS to Bridgewater Associates a Hedgefund in Westport as a kickback to buy and build headquarters in his hometown of STAMFORD. Who is paying for him to goto New Hampshire and North Carolina when he has a job here in Connecticut he should be doing? What is his traveling going to cost the residents of Connecticut and why should we foot the bill?

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