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Is a Loyal Malloy Ally and Former Deputy the New Dem Frontrunner for Gov?

February 26, 2018 By Staff
Is a Loyal Malloy Ally and Former Deputy the New Dem Frontrunner for Gov?

Jonathan Harris, who served in the Dan Malloy administration and helped Malloy win re-election, launched his run for governor over the weekend.

Jonathan Harris, a former mayor who has deep political and administrative ties to Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), announced his run for governor this weekend, as he cleared the $250,000 threshold required for public financing of his campaign.

Harris announced his run in a YouTube video, full of claims about his accomplishments but light on specific ideas or proposals – with the exception of offering a public option for health insurance in Connecticut.

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:

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.

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) blasted Harris’ entry into the race, writing Harris is “a noted Malloy Enabler who has spent years pushing high-tax, anti-jobs policies.”