Statements from Senate President Pro Tempore Looney & Senate Majority Leader Duff on Governor Malloy’s Decision to Not Seek a Third Term as Governor
Senate President Pro Tempore Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven) and Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) today released the following statements regarding Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s decision not to seek a third term as Governor:
“Governor Malloy assumed the office during some of the most challenging times in our state’s history. During his time in office, he has relentlessly worked to improve Connecticut’s economy. His work on the 2011 bipartisan jobs legislation and embrace of raising the minimum wage and creating a state earned income tax credit has enabled countless families to find a job and improve their lives.
“The Governor’s leadership in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy—one of the darkest days and periods in our nation’s history—will be long remembered for the strength and comfort he brought to the afflicted families and to the entire state.
“Governor Malloy has always pursued policies that he genuinely believed were in the best interest of Connecticut and its residents.
“Dan Malloy achieved great success as a prosecutor, mayor and governor. I am certain that he will find success in whatever challenge he chooses to undertake next.
“He and I have become close friends over the last seven years, and I am most grateful that we have been blessed by his courage and fearless leadership.
“For now, however, there is a great deal of critical work to do before the close of the legislative session.”
“I’ve known Governor Malloy for a very long time and he has always worked hard and had the best interest of Connecticut in mind. The Governor has never been afraid to make tough decisions—even decisions that were sometimes unpopular—for the good of the state. The Governor’s focus on addressing Connecticut’s long term issues will pay dividends in years to come.
“Connecticut is better off because of the work of Dan Malloy.”