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Democrat Drew Announces Run for Governor, But Malloy Ties Go Back Five Years

January 12, 2017 By Staff
Democrat Drew Announces Run for Governor, But Malloy Ties Go Back Five Years

Mayor Dan Drew (D-Middletown) announced a run for governor on Thursday, but he and Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) have praised each other for years.

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew (D) announced his run for governor on Thursday. The Harford Courant notes that Drew filed as Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) still mulls a third term:

Middletown Mayor Dan Drew announced Thursday that he is forming an exploratory committee to run for governor.

A liberal who is currently serving his third term as mayor, Drew is the first Democrat to formally announce that he is considering a run in 2018. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has not disclosed whether he intends to seek a third term.

Drew could be setting himself up for an awkward exchange with Malloy. The two have praised each other for years.

In 2011, according to the Hartford Courant, Malloy attended Drew’s victory party to congratulate Drew on his victory:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy showed up at the restaurant to congratulation Drew Tuesday, saying Drew’s election will bring positive changes to Middletown.

“We are changing direction,” Malloy said. “We are going to choose the future over the past. The next mayor of this great city is Dan Drew and he deserves this win, but more importantly the people of this city deserve to have him as their mayor.”

In 2014, Drew returned the favor. He wrote a glowing statement in support of Malloy’s re-election bid:

“Dan Malloy is the first governor in decades to formulate a strategy for expanding the economy by putting more middle-class people back to work. Expansion of these programs is critical to the growth of cities like Middletown. It’s critically important for us to have a partner who understands that jobs and economic growth lead to a larger tax base on the local level. That’s good for everyone, and that’s why it’s important that our progress continue under Governor Malloy,” Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, said in a statement.

Are Malloy and Drew heading for a clash? Only time will tell in the long gubernatorial race.