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Report: Wyman, Malloy’s Deputy, Considering a Run for Gov

May 30, 2017 By Staff
Report: Wyman, Malloy’s Deputy, Considering a Run for Gov

Almost no politician is closer to Dan Malloy than his deputy, Nancy Wyman. She is mulling a run for governor and will make a decision this summer.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D-Conn.) is considering a run for governor and will make a decision at the end of the legislative session this summer, according to a report from the CT Post this weekend.

The Post reported:

The lieutenant governor is waiting until a budget deal gets hammered out to reveal whether she plans to run for governor in 2018.

Until then, Wyman is content with keeping fellow Democrats and Republicans playing a guessing game on her political plans.

As the Post acknowledged, Wyman will have a difficult time separating her record from that of Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.). Wyman ran with Malloy twice, and has supported him almost every step of the way.

The CT Post also pointed to the rollout of Connecticut’s Obamacare exchange as a top accomplishment for Wyman. However, as of 2017, the exchange is struggling.

As Reclaim Connecticut previously reported, 2016 was a rough year for Obamacare in Connecticut:

  • The average rate hike in Connecticut was 25 percent for individuals and 13 percent for small groups.
  • United Healthcare announced it would leave Connecticut’s Obamacare exchange
  • HealthyCT, Connecticut’s “financially ‘unstable’ Obamacare health insurance co-op,” failed and was placed under state supervision
  • ConnectiCare became the third insurer to leave the exchange – leaving only Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield – before reversing its decision days later

Between Obamacare’s struggles and her association with Malloy, Wyman may have a difficult time selling her record to Connecticut voters in 2018.