Governor Dannel Malloy will be leaving office in just 20 days on January 9 and Ned Lamont will be sworn in as Connecticut’s 89th Governor. Malloy spent 14 years as Mayor of Stamford before serving as Governor for 8. He’s was honored on Thursday with a unique honor reserved for Governors.
Governor Malloy and his family, including his 14 month old grand daughter Grace were at the Great Hall at the Connecticut State Library following the unveiling of his official portrait. The unique portrait of Connecticut’s 88th Governor will be hung along with portraits of all of the state’s Governors going back to colonial times under British rule.
Just before the unveiling he sat down to talk about his past eight years in the state’s highest office.
Davis; Some people might end this sentence; Governor Malloy will be most remembered for the two biggest tax increases since the Income Tax was instituted. How would you end that sentence?
Governor Malloy; “Well, it’s actually been documented that that’s not true but there’s no sense baying at the moon. This is what I would say; the Republicans passed a budget in the legislature a year and a half ago that raised taxes and I think this idea that one party is better, that Republicans are better at managing our state’s assets is absolutely false. As I sit here answering these questions the state’s Executive Branch workforce is 13% smaller than it was. 3,000 jobs fewer. No one knows how hard we have worked to squeeze expenses out of the pipeline.”
Davis; What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself and this job over the past 8 years?
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Governor Malloy; “Well, I think having to deal with the shooting 6 years ago at Sandy Hook School and all that entailed was a shock, a surprise, an experience that I didn’t envision undertaking when I ran for this office.”
Davis; Aside from dealing with Sandy Hook, what was your least favorite part about being Governor?
Governor Malloy; “You know it’s a good question. I don’t know what my least favorite part, I like the job. I enjoyed my 8 years of doing it. Doesn’t mean I enjoyed every minute but I enjoyed it. It’s empowering to do, to try to do good. I don’t, I don’t have regrets.”
He will be teaching at B.C. two days a week starting next month and living in Essex.
We’ll have more about that Friday.