by Jennifer Swift
Feb 24, 2014
01:04 PMConnecticut Politics
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pushes back after Louisiana Gov. Jindal rips Obama
A news conference meant to brief reporters on bipartisan talks between the nation’s governors and President Barack Obama disintegrated into partisan squabbling Monday, with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy jumping into the fray to push back against Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
Jindal, a longshot presidential hopeful whose approval ratings in his own state are among the lowest in the country among governors, took to the mic to make disparaging comments about the Obama administration on issues such as the Keystone pipeline and raising the minimum wage.
“This president and the White House seems to be waving the white flag of surrender, after more than five years now under this administration,” Jindal said. “The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that, I think America can do better than that.”
The governors were in Washington for the annual National Governors Association conference — a platform that generated a lot of media attention for Malloy, who appeared with three other governors Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union” show.
Behind Jindal, Malloy seemed to mouth to someone off camera that he’d take to the mic next.
“Until a few moments ago we were going down a pretty cooperative road,” Malloy said when he stepped forward, adding that not everyone agreed on the things raised by Jindal.
Malloy touted that Connecticut has raised the minimum wage and is seeking to raise it again to $10.10.
“I don’t know what the heck was a reference to a white flag, when it comes to people making $404 a week,” Malloy said. “I mean that’s the most insane statement I’ve ever heard.”
Jindal took to the mic again and said, “if that was the most partisan statement he’s heard all weekend, I want to make sure that he hears a more partisan statement,” before telling the crowd he thinks the administrations should delay Obamacare mandates as a way to further grow the economy.
A spokesman for Malloy said he didn’t have anything more to add than was said at the news conference.
But Malloy heaped criticism on Jindal in an interview with TIME Magazine after the news conference.
“Here’s a guy who didn’t come to any of the meetings except this one today, and has the nerve to pull that stuff on everyone, ten feet from the West Wing,” Malloy told TIME.
Malloy and one other governor had said Jindal had not paid his fees for the NGA, though a spokesman for Jindal later said that he does.
“He doesn’t come to the meetings of the organization, and then he wants to swing for the fences for obviously political reasons,” Malloy told TIME. “I didn’t mind pushing back.”Gov. Dannel P. Malloy pushes back after Louisiana Gov. Jindal rips Obama