Dem Candidates Offer Interesting Ideas

Would-be Democratic governors speak of taxes, red lines, ‘fiscal mess’

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, at a news conference Thursday, did not offer any direction to state lawmakers in the budget-making process beyond threatening to veto the existing Democratic and Republican proposals. He declined to state specific proposals that qualify as “make-or-break” issues for him.

Malloy’s would-be replacements on the Democratic side, however, were not as hesitant – though they understood why he might be.

At the Connecticut Democratic Party’s annual dinner Saturday, the CT Mirror caught up with five major Democratic candidates who have declared or are exploring a run for governor in 2018. They are, in alphabetical order:

  • Dan Drew, mayor of Middletown
  • Joe Ganim, mayor of Bridgeport
  • Jonathan Harris, former commissioner of the Department of Consumer Protection
  • Kevin Lembo, state comptroller
  • Chris Mattei, former chief of the financial fraud and public corruption unit for the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut.

They offered their thoughts on why they would want to lead Connecticut and what they would do if they were sitting in the governor’s office now.

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