Lamont: Malloy’s Done ‘A Lot of Good Things’October 8, 2018
In a new interview with Hartford Business, Ned Lamont opens up about Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), taxes, the state budget, and more.
In a new interview with Hartford Business published on Monday, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont addressed a number of key topics in the race to be Connecticut’s next governor, including the man he and Bob Stefanowski are looking to succeed.
Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) came up in the interview, and Lamont did not hesitate to criticize Malloy on his handling of the budget and on his “First Five Plus” program. But Lamont also said Malloy did “a lot of good things.”
“I would say, [Malloy’s] done, you know, a lot of good things, but he failed in the big thing, which is to fix this budget,” he said. “I’m not saying he didn’t try, I’m not saying he didn’t do a hell of a lot more than Jodi Rell and John Rowland.”
…”Malloy, he’s a prosecutor, right? That’s how he grew up. I was an entrepreneur who started a business,” Lamont said. “You could not have two more different backgrounds than that.”
As Hartford Business, Reclaim Connecticut, and others have noted, Stefanowski, the GOP nominee for governor, has sought to tie Lamont to Malloy. Stefanowski surrogate and former gubernatorial candidate David Stemerman told Reclaim Connecticut in an exclusive interview last month that Lamont would represent a third Malloy term.
Lamont’s targeted criticism of Malloy may be an effort by the 2018 nominee to distance himself from the Democrat he’s hoping to replace in the governor’s mansion. But Lamont also did not have a complete answer for the budget problems he criticized Malloy for.
To be clear, neither Lamont nor any other candidate has given a precise accounting of how they’ll close the deficit in their first budget, but Lamont said he would target the state’s healthcare plan, a major annual cost, for savings.
Lamont has criticized Stefanowski for wanting to eliminate the state income tax, since it represents a significant portion of the state’s revenue from year to year.
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