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Harris Out of CT-Gov., Endorses Lamont; Is it the Malloy Stamp of Approval?

April 27, 2018 By Staff
Harris Out of CT-Gov., Endorses Lamont; Is it the Malloy Stamp of Approval?

The Jonathan Harris endorsement may give Ned Lamont an edge at May's Democratic convention. But will it bring Lamont closer to Dan Malloy?

Former West Hartford mayor, Connecticut Democratic Party executive director, and Malloy ally Jonathan Harris is expected to drop out of the gubernatorial race on Friday and endorse Ned Lamont.

Kevin Rennie, who runs the blog Daily Ructions, was the first to report the news:

Jonathan Harris will surrender Friday. The West Hartford Democrat will abandon his struggling campaign for governor and endorse Ned Lamont.

Today’s development is a public manifestation of broad movement among Democrats to the wealthy self-funder.

Reclaim Connecticut profiled Harris in February, noting his close and long-time ties to unpopular Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.):

Reclaim Connecticut offered a bit of background on Harris in April 2017, noting that he’s a loyal Malloy ally who served as the governor’s Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) commissioner.

Harris also served as the executive director of the Connecticut Democratic Party during Malloy’s 2014 re-election effort, and was tied up in the party’s campaign finance scandal from that cycle[.]

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) jumped on Harris’ Malloy ties, saying in a release that “Harris’ support for Lamont’s candidacy is the latest sign that Lamont plans to go all in on Malloy’s job-killing agenda if elected this November.”

The RGA also shared audio, apparently of Lamont, saying last week that Harris “is so closely tied to Malloy.”

Lamont’s entry may help him win delegates at next month’s state Democratic convention, which is expected to be a three-dog fight between Lamont, former Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D-Conn.) and ex-con Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport). The risk, of course, is being tied to Malloy in the fall.