Earlier today Governor Dannel Malloy sent out an email saying that he was announcing that he would be seeking re-election this year. (see email below).
But as public opinion research has consistently shown, Malloy has alienated significant Democratic constituencies and implemented policies that will make it impossible for him to garner the support of many Democrats and unaffiliated voters.
For starters, Governor Malloy pushed through the most anti-teacher, anti-union, anti-public education bill of any Democratic governor in the nation.
In addition, his ongoing attempt to dismiss and undermine the critically important CCJEF school funding lawsuit is a permanent stain on his tenure as governor.
Malloy’s unwavering commitment to the Common Core, the absurd Common Core testing scheme and the unfair and inappropriate teacher evaluation system has rightfully earned him the ridicule of parents, teachers and public education advocates across the state.
The Malloy administration’s concerted effort to mislead parents into thinking that they lacked the right to opt their children out of the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test of a test is just the latest example of his lack of respect for the rights of parents and the importance of local control of public education.
The fact is, as long as Stefan Pryor, an apologist and advocate or the corporate education reform industry remains in charge of the State Department of Education, Malloy will lose in November.
But Malloy’s failures go well beyond his education policies.
Malloy’s irresponsible budget policies, including the widespread use of budget gimmicks and the inappropriate use of one-time revenues, has ensured that Connecticut will face massive budget deficits in the three years following this year’s gubernatorial election.
Meanwhile, few will forget that Malloy’s $1.5 billion dollar tax increase disproportionately hit the middle class. While tens of thousands of Connecticut families faced higher Connecticut income tax rates, along with higher local property taxes, Malloy has consistently coddled the super rich by failing to increase the income tax rate on those making more than $1 million.
Connecticut’s middle income families are being squeezed out of existence while Connecticut’s most wealthy residents are laughing all the way to the bank.
Malloy’s claim that there were no new taxes in his most recent budgets is nothing short of an out and out lie considering Connecticut residents were hit with the largest gas tax hike in state history and the expansion of a variety of other taxes and fees.
Also, as students and families across Connecticut know, Malloy’s record breaking cuts to Connecticut’s public colleges and universities have meant unprecedented tuition and fee increases that have burdened many families with additional debt and pushed the cost of a college education beyond the reach of many students.
And every rank and file state employee understands that Malloy successfully made them the scapegoat for his budget problems and that his policy of increasing insurance costs effectively cut employee pay while the state postponed paying its fair share into the new health insurance fund.
Of course, the state’s remaining employees also recognize that Malloy’s unwillingness to fill key state positions has led to chaos in many state agencies.
At the same time Malloy’s so-called “economic development policies” have been nothing short of a corporate welfare program in which hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars was given away to extraordinarily profitable companies.
Adding insult to injury, Malloy put those irresponsible corporate welfare payments on the state credit card meaning taxpayers will have to pay even more so that multi-million dollar corporations could gobble up Malloy’s give-a-way programs.
If all of those policies failures weren’t offensive enough, Malloy has significantly undermined Connecticut’s laws and programs that were designed to promote transparency, ethics and the public’s right to government information.
Thanks to Malloy, more and more government activities are going on behind closed doors.
And the list of Malloy’s failures goes on and on.
The voters of Connecticut deserve better and they certainly deserve alternative choices to another four years of Governor Dannel Malloy at the helm.
Over the coming weeks we here at Wait, What? will continue to explore what options voters have to find a candidate who is committed to putting Connecticut back on track – to have a candidate who actually deserves to be Connecticut’s next governor.
For the record, here is the email Malloy sent out earlier today.
As readers will note, perhaps the most incredible development of all is that with Election Day now six months away, Governor Malloy is reverting back to calling himself Dan rather than Dannel.
It is a sure sign that Malloy’s political handlers will try to convince Connecticut voters that the Governor known as Dannel Malloy is stepping back into the shadows where he can transform himself back into Dan Malloy, the candidate who claimed to be a “man-of-the-people.”
I’m in. I just announced that I’m running for reelection and wanted to make sure you heard the news from me right away. This campaign will be about you and the work we’ve done together over the last three years. But it’s mainly about what we still need to accomplish together in Connecticut.
When I was a boy, my mother always told me that we have an obligation to leave this world a better place for having lived in it. Those words are burned into my memory. But as a kid who couldn’t even tie his own shoelaces because of some disabilities I was born with, I sometimes wondered what kind of future I’d have. I dreamed of the chance to help others the way my mother and my teachers helped me.
I fought my whole life to have the privilege to serve my community, my city, and my state. It’s how I live my mother’s words each day. I never would have made it to where I am today without the inspiration and help of so many – my parents, my wife Cathy, my family, teachers, friends and supporters – to overcome obstacles and take on the challenges that truly make a difference in people’s lives.
Connecticut has been through so much these last three years, but every time we’ve faced a challenge we’ve stepped up, and together, we’ve overcome every single one. We’ve given small businesses the help they need to grow and create good jobs, turned the worst deficit in the nation into a balanced budget, reduced the state’s long-term debt by billions, and made Connecticut the first state in the nation to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
We’ve made a lot of progress since 2011, but I’m not satisfied. We have more work to do. Today, I’m asking for your help because you will drive this campaign. Its success depends on you.
My focus right now is on the legislative agenda we’ve put forward for our state’s future; that’s why this campaign will be built by you. There’s so much more I want to share with you, and I will in the coming days and weeks. Right now I humbly ask for your support so we can continue the work to leave this world – this state – a better place for having lived in it.
Paid for by Dan Malloy for Connecticut. Len Miller, Treasurer. Approved by Dan Malloy.