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Memo To Team Malloy: There Will Be Dissent.

It wasn’t long ago that Democratic and Working Families Governor-Elect Dannel Malloy was reminding voters that felonious former Governor John G. Rowland ran a criminal enterprise out of his office.  That was a powerful and true charge for Malloy to make as his lead in the race for governor evaporated.

Anyone possessed of a reasonable mind might then have been startled to learn that Rowland’s defender of the last ditch Ross Garber has been given a place on Malloy’s transition team, as has Gary O’Connor, a longtime Rowland Waterbury ally. O’Connor, you may recall, co-founded a political action committee called Connecticut First Coalition. It spent thousands aiding Rowland’s off-campaign political needs, though O’Connor is a Democrat.

Malloy has portrayed himself as a reformer on every front.  A tiny plurality of voters agreed.  Garber and O’Connor are not reformers.  Garber is a political courtesan. O’Connor is making a return to the establishment party.  People are going to notice the dissonance between candidate Malloy and the governor-elect.

Democrat Jonathan Pelto noticed the incongruity between campaign rhetoric and post-election choices.  He commented.  Team Malloy’s disproportionate response startled observers.  Belittling critic Jonathan Pelto must have seemed like a good idea yesterday. It backfired.  Pelto as asking a reasonable question.  It’s the ugly answer that’s causing derisive comments today–about the Malloy operation, which is reminiscent of Rowland. We hope this is not the start of a trend.


1 grackle { 12.07.10 at 7:26 pm }

“To defend everything is to defend nothing.”

2 Paul D. Griffith { 12.08.10 at 6:06 am }

I never thought Dan Malloy was a brilliant businessman but I do NOW. In 3 months he outperformed two multi-millionaires from Greenwich.

3 Bill Mainor { 12.08.10 at 7:05 pm }

We must give Pelto his due. He has made a number of noteworthy observations over the last year about Republicans, Rell, UConn and now Democrats. Roy Occhiogrosso should keep his comments to himself or risk becoming an immediate target of commentators.