Dan Malloy announced he is definitely running for governor today. Malloy, former long time mayor of Stamford, said in his speech:
“Connecticut is still a great state, but the fact is we’ve fallen behind,” said Malloy. “Our problem isn’t that we can’t do better, it’s that we don’t demand better. I’m running for Governor because I’m tired of watching Hartford from the outside and seeing it mired in mediocrity. I want to lead the charge in demanding a better, more vibrant Connecticut.”Ned Lamont commented today on Dan's announcement saying, "I welcome Dan to the race. Connecticut is facing significant challenges, and I look forward to a serious discussion of the best way to bring jobs back our towns and cities and get our state back on track."
Continued Malloy, “Connecticut has become a place where being dead last in job growth doesn’t raise an eyebrow. Having the worst achievement gap in the country gets yawned at. Having more debt per capita than any state in the nation gets accepted as a way of life. Getting shut out of federal funding gets a shrug of the shoulders. Enough’s enough – it’s time to demand better.”
I'm sure a lot of politics junkies in the state are looking forward to seeing these two candidates face off in a debate, which I'm hoping will occur well before the state convention in three months.