Five Facts on Jonathan Harris, the Malloy Ally Who May Run to Replace HimApril 18, 2017
Jonathan Harris is a long-time ally of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.). With Malloy forgoing a 2018 run, Harris may run for governor.
On Tuesday, Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner Jonathan Harris, an ally of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), announced he’s stepping down “to pursue other professional opportunities.” Rumor has it one of those “opportunities” is a run to succeed Malloy as governor.
Here are five facts about Harris as he considers a run for the state’s highest office.
#1: Harris is a Malloy Ally
Malloy had words of high praise for Harris upon his resignation from DCP, calling him “diligent and effective protecting Connecticut consumers and businesses.”
In the same release, Harris said he was grateful “the opportunity to serve the people and businesses of our great state.”
#2: Harris’ Malloy Ties Go Back All Eight Years
In addition to more than two years as Malloy’s DCP commissioner, Harris spent almost four years as the executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party (CT Dems). His tenure, from 2011 through 2014, covered most of Malloy’s first term as governor.
In his role as executive director of the state party, Harris helped Malloy fundraise and win re-election.
#3: Harris Was Once Tied Up in the CT Dems’ Campaign Finance Scandal
Harris was executive director of the CT Dems when the state party used federal campaign dollars to support Malloy’s re-election effort. In 2016, the CT Dems paid the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) a record $325,000 to settle the case.
Investigators subpoenaed the party for “communications related to meetings involving” Harris, Malloy, and members of Malloy’s staff. While state party chair, though, Harris insisted the public scrutiny was a witch hunt.
#4: Harris Once Supported Universal Healthcare in CT
An interesting tidbit from 2006: Harris, then a state senator, endorsed Mayor John DeStefano’s (D-New Haven) plan for universal health care in Connecticut.
DeStefano was a Democratic candidate for governor at the time.
#5: Harris Supported In-State Tuition for Undocumented Immigrants in CT
In 2007, Harris was the “lead sponsor” in the state senate on a bill that would make undocumented immigrants “who graduate from Connecticut high schools … eligible for the resident tuition rate at the state’s public universities and colleges.”
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