A darling of the charter school industry and their allies in the corporate education reform movement, and having used his time in office to make record cuts to education, higher education and other vital services, all while coddling the rich, Governor Dannel Malloy announced today that he will not seek re-election to a third term in next year’s gubernatorial campaign.
As CT Mirror explains;
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday he would not seek a third-term in office, saying he’d reached a difficult decision after weighing what was best for his family and the state.
Malloy, who first took office in January 2011, pledged to use his remaining 20 months in office “to continue implementing my administration’s vision for a more sustainable and vibrant Connecticut economy.”
The Hartford Courant added
Standing with his wife, son and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Malloy pledged not to back down from his ambitious agenda. He promised to work to revise the state’s system for aid to schools and towns, create “better” budget practices and reform the criminal justice system.
Malloy emphasized that he had run for governor three times and “that’s enough. I’ve devoted six full years to trying to turn this state around.” He said his “personal popularity” was not a factor. “ I am overwhelmed with how happy I am.”
The announcement effectively renders him a lame-duck with more than 18 months left in his term. For more than a year Malloy, who serves as chair of the Democratic Governors Associations, has been one of the most unpopular governors in the country.
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