by Jennifer Swift
Jan 31, 2014
07:47 AMConnecticut Politics
Dannel P. Malloy in 'No Rush' to Decide on Re-Election Bid
Four Republicans have declared their candidacies for governor. So far, no Democrats have, despite all signs pointing to Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy running for re-election.
Malloy has declined several times to say whether he's running. He expressed that sentiment again Thursday at the governor's residence during a meeting with daily newspaper editors and publishers.
Asked by Hartford Courant editor Andrew Julien if he was running again, Malloy replied:
"I have not made a decision about whether i'm going to be a candidate. I'm not in a rush to make that decision, nor is (Lt. Gov.) Nancy (Wyman) in any rush to make that decision and quite frankly, I'm out there raising money for all the Republican candidates. I think they should have a good, robust primary."
The lack of affirmation of Malloy's re-election plans didn't stop him from taking a shot at Republican Tom Foley, who lost to Malloy by less than 6,500 votes in 2010 and formally entered the race Wednesday.
Asked by Danbury News-Times managing editor Jacky Smith whether it was a coincidence that Malloy unveiled a plan to issue $55 tax rebates to residents a day after Foley proposed a sales tax cut, Malloy delivered the following zinger:
"Let me assure you it's a coincidence, because to be able to have this meeting with you we had to make decisions over the last several months. I don't know what he proposed, by the way. and by the way, why I would consider anything from a guy who said you can balance a $3.6 billion deficit by cutting spending by $2 billion, would evade me why I should listen and quite frankly, why any of you should listen, but it's better to ask him what his proposal is."
(This post has some detail about the plan Foley rolled out.)Dannel P. Malloy in 'No Rush' to Decide on Re-Election Bid