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Malloy to Radio Host: Maybe I’ll Take Your Job; Radio Host: You Have to Be Likable

May 1, 2017 By Staff
Malloy to Radio Host: Maybe I’ll Take Your Job; Radio Host: You Have to Be Likable

Dan Malloy's interview with WNPR's "Where We Live" ended on an awkward note, as Malloy and the host traded barbs over popularity.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) mocked a radio host for her station’s allegedly low ratings in a deflection of a question about his low approval rating on Monday.

When asked what he wants to accomplish in his last two years as governor, Malloy told WNPR‘s Lucy Nalpathanchil that maybe he should take her job.

Nalpathanchil responded with a barb: you have to be likable for this job.

Malloy hit back: WNPR‘s ratings are “relatively low,” he said, asking her if that makes WNPR a “bad station.”

Nalpathanchil did not let Malloy get away with the barbs without answering her original question: what does he hope to accomplish?

See the video, and partial transcript, below.

LUCY NALPATHANCHIL: What do you hope to accomplish in the next two years? Are you committed to staying on until January 2019?

DAN MALLOY: That’s my assumption, unless you know of something?

NALPATHANCHIL: I’m asking you!

MALLOY: How’s your job? Maybe I should do this every morning.

NALPATHANCHIL: You have to be likable. You have to be likable, Governor Malloy. [Laughing]

MALLOY: Are you saying I’m not likable? That’s hurtful. That’s rather hurtful, I have to say. I was like enough to get elected mayor of my hometown for 14 years, liked well enough to be governor for two terms and to be elected. So that’s a little harsh.

NALPATHANCHIL: Oh, I don’t think so.

MALLOY: Then we respectfully disagree.

NALPATHANCHIL: Your approval rating is pretty low. A lot of residents we here from aren’t real happy with your legacy. What do you say to them? We have less than a minute.

MALLOY: The total percentage of radio listeners in Connecticut, listen to this station, is relatively low. Does that mean you’re a bad station?

NALPATHANCHIL: I’m not saying we’re a bad station.

MALLOY: Right. So I’m doing my job every day.

NALPATHANCHIL: But you serve a lot of people in the state of Connecticut, and some of them are not happy with your legacy. What would you tell them?

MALLOY: And you try to serve a lot of people in the state of Connecticut, and relatively few of them listen to you. So what would you say happened? What I would say is we’re doing really hard things. And I’m teasing you a little bit. We’re doing really hard things, and improving education, and lowering crime, and building infrastructure, and making long-term investments in higher education.