Gov. Mal­loy’s clos­ing thoughts

The News-Times (Sunday) - - Opinion - Ed­i­tor’s note: In his fi­nal ses­sion with the Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia Group’s Ed­i­to­rial Board, Gov. Dan­nel P. . Mal­loy de­fended his record, took digs at his Repub­li­can col­leagues, and mused about Con­necti­cut as “the place where the glass that can only be

On his low ap­proval rat­ings: “I never tried to be pop­u­lar. I’m com­fort­able in the knowl­edge that I’ve spent my hours here try­ing to make the state bet­ter, even if peo­ple don’t un­der­stand that yet.”

On his bet­ter rat­ings in other states: “I am cel­e­brated in ev­ery state but Con­necti­cut. You go to any state and talk about cor­rec­tions re­form and they point to Con­necti­cut. You go to any state and ask about crim­i­nal jus­tice re­form and they talk about Con­necti­cut. You go to any state and talk about ed­u­ca­tion re­form and they’ll talk about Con­necti­cut. Health care re­form, they’ll talk about Con­necti­cut. ... The in­abil­ity of peo­ple in Con­necti­cut to give them­selves credit for what they’ve ac­tu­ally done is in­cred­i­ble.”

On re­cent cam­paign trail rhetoric: “Ev­ery can­di­date said ‘the state is bleed­ing jobs’ when the state was ac­tu­ally adding 100,000 jobs. ... Pfizer now has more em­ploy­ees in the state of Con­necti­cut than it had in Jan­uary of 2011. Elec­tric Boat now has more em­ploy­ees than they had. Pratt and Whit­ney now has more em­ploy­ees than they had. Siko­rsky has more em­ploy­ees than they had. You can’t get good news out.”

On the state’s crip­pling pen­sion li­a­bil­ity: “Peo­ple don’t un­der­stand this. We’ve ac­tu­ally solved the im­me­di­ate prob­lem with the state pen­sion­ers. First of all, we ac­tu­ar­i­ally fund­ing the pen­sions. I’m the first gover­nor to do that. ... Now it’s part of a fund that’s not par­tially fund­ing, but we have solved the prob­lem go­ing out into the fu­ture.”

On trans­porta­tion: “This un­will­ing­ness to do what we re­ally need to do on trans­porta­tion on the Repub­li­cans’ part is noth­ing but sign­ing one’s own death war­rant.”

On his fi­nal po­lit­i­cal strat­egy: “One of the things I did to make sure a Demo­crat got elected in this state was to keep my mouth shut this last year. The stu­pid­ity of the Repub­li­cans’ cam­paign was that they were run­ning against a guy who al­ready said he wasn’t run­ning any­more. And they never of­fered pol­icy. It was re­ally one of the dumber con­cepts of how to win an elec­tion in the time of Trump.”

On Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump: “The bril­liance of Trump is he lied to ev­ery­one and ev­ery­one could de­cide which lies they wanted to ac­cept.”

On Repub­li­cans: “Repub­li­cans have some­how for­got­ten how many peo­ple are gay, les­bian, trans­gen­der. How many peo­ple have re­li­gious be­liefs other than theirs. How many peo­ple have come from an­other na­tion in a sin­gle gen­er­a­tion.”

On Gov.-elect Ned La­mont: “He’s a very de­cent soul, he re­ally is. We went head to head in 2010, but I never thought he was any­thing but a very good per­son.”

On plans to con­tin­u­ing as a cham­pion of gun safety: “I’m al­ways happy to take on the NRA.”

On leav­ing of­fice: “I’m go­ing to love be­ing in a car by my­self. Love go­ing to a gro­cery store or CVS and not have some­one a few feet away from me fol­low­ing me, watch­ing me.”

On mov­ing: “I’ve got so much crap.”

On his fu­ture: “My fu­ture is not in elec­toral pol­i­tics. But I’m not go­ing away. I’m not go­ing to change what I think and what I say.”

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