Gov. Malloy: Romney Budget Would ‘Decimate’ CT Housing Market

Patch sits down with Gov. Dannel Malloy before his Wednesday speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.


Governor, we had a big night of speeches last night, and you’ll be speaking later today. What are you planning to talk about?

Well, we’re going to continue the process -- all the speakers -- of making crystal clear the differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party. We’re for building the middle class, not taking it apart; we’re for building programs that support the building class and allow people who aspire to be in the middle class to move forward. That’s the story that we have to tell and it started to come out pretty brilliantly last night.

Obama is seeing a decline in fundraising dollars everywhere, including Connecticut, where there are some deep blue pockets. Why do you think that is?

I don’t think the President was working as hard at fundraising. Remember he didn’t go through a primary stage, and if he had, I think he would have raised more money. Just recently the President raised about $1.8 million up in Connecticut, so I think he’ll catch up.

What does Obama need to do to excite Connecticut voters?

I think Connecticut voters are pretty excited. Connecticut votes very well in presidential elections, so there’s no apathy about Connecticut. We have a senate rate that’s going to be very close and down to the wire; but the Democrats are going to win that seat as well.


Click here to hear Gov. Malloy’s take on how a Romney-Ryan budget would ‘decimate’ Connecticut's housing market.


State GOP Chairman Jerry Labriola recently went on the record to say that Connecticut Republicans can be competitive in this year's presidential race. Can they?

No, they can’t. Mitt Romney is not going to win Connecticut, because people understand that he’s about outsourcing. They understand that he has a program that would decimate the middle class of the country. Effectively to pay for his plan, he’d have to raise taxes on the middle class by $2K per family to pay for a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans averaging $256 thousand dollars. And let me tell you this about Connecticut [residents], they understand the value of Obamacare. People have talked about this in the past in negative plans. Well all of a sudden people realize that if they have a son or daughter who is between the ages of 21 and 26, they’re now covered pretty inexpensively on a health care plan, as part of what the President did. Many other things have come about as a result, including (plans) for senior citizens. About 49K of them are no longer losing benefits, because they were considered in the “donut hole.” There are a lot of reasons that ensure we’ll get this job done.

What can a president do for towns and cities in Connecticut, in terms of supporting their infrastructure projects, and why do you think Obama would be the better choice?

Well, here’s a commitment the Obama administration has made to train service. We are seeing hundreds of millions of dollars coming to Connecticut to restore train service, where it once existed on the commuter line, and to modernize Metro North, which is largest train system in the country. He’s also committed to a modern highway system. Just this past week, a couple of our smaller airports got grants under a transportation program this President has championed and Mitt Romney has said it needs to be cut out of the budget.

You spend a lot of time meeting with voters across the state. What's the biggest misunderstanding among Connecticut voters about the nominees?

Republicans are spending a lot of time and energy trying to convince people that America is not in a better place today than it was four years ago, but this president has overseen the creation of over 4.5 million jobs, Osama Bin Laden is dead, the Iraq war has ended, and the Afghan war is being drawn down. Manufacturing jobs have grown for two years in a row, the first time since the early ‘90s that that happened in the United States. This president has a great record to run on, but he’s running against people who spent three days in Florida not talking about their platform or budget and trying to pretend that they are somehow Republicans. That wasn’t a Republican convention; that was a Tea Party convention where they invited a couple of Republicans. We’ve got to correct the information that’s been put out by Republicans.

What have you enjoyed most this week, and what have been some highlights?

Well, I like to work, and I like to work hard. I’ve been asked to represent the President at a number of forums. I just completed one with the North Carolina delegation. I certainly enjoy any time I can spend time hearing from people around the country about some of the best ideas. I’ve had some great conversations with my fellow Democratic governors about how they’re moving their states forward and how they’re working with our President to do that. It’s a great boost. By the way, I think that Michelle Obama’s speech last night will go down as one of the great addresses, not just by a First Lady, by any person who is speaking of the President of the United States.



Marc Moorash September 05, 2012 at 10:39 PM
While certainly the word has evolved to have another lesser-rooted meaning, it would still behoove folks to cease using "decimate" in this manner. The word comes from the latin "decimus" which means one out of every ten or "tenth". Historically it meant that punishment was doled out to one out of every ten soldiers, usually death. So, in that regard, to decimate the housing market would correctly mean that one out of every ten homes would be destroyed. Not as dire as the word has become to mean which is a swath of rampant destruction. Simply put, hyperbole makes an argument weaker than it might otherwise be if the words were used correctly. It isn't about nitpicking his grammar as much as saying that what he means is not what he is saying - and anybody knows that Alice was chided for the very same thing. So, call this wordsmith a Cheshire Cat - at least as the cadence fades away there will still be a grin.
Admiral Obvious September 06, 2012 at 12:15 AM
The only thing that has,is and will decimate Connecticut is Malloy,the least popular governor in the US due to having the lowest approval rating. A ps. to the previous post. Word's can change meaning over time, during Roman times up to Shakespearian time's it meant what the person states. Since the early 1700's it means the killing or destruction of a large portion of population.
Christine Rose (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Marc, you are the best. :-) Thanks for your thoughts!
Dan Gaita September 06, 2012 at 06:32 PM
dec·i·mate/ˈdesəˌmāt/ Verb: Kill, destroy, or remove a large percentage of. Drastically reduce the strength or effectiveness of (something): "plant viruses that can decimate yields".
Marc Moorash September 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Daniel...I'm not certain why you decided to pick and choose only specific parts of the definition. For the sake of Truth, let's show the full quote from the OED (which is where the definition originates and which is probably the most well respected dictionary): http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/decimate 1) kill, destroy, or remove a large proportion of: the inhabitants of the country had been decimated drastically reduce the strength or effectiveness of (something): public transport has been decimated 2) (historical) kill one in every ten of (a group of people, originally a mutinous Roman legion) as a punishment for the whole group: the man who is to determine whether it be necessary to decimate a large body of mutineers Not certain as to why this has become a debate about the word "decimate". The original post stated that the word has evolved over time. Personally, it would have been more effective if the original speaker stated that it would "devastate" the market.
Amused September 07, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Decimate, devastate, ruin, destroy, whatever. If Governor Malloy is worried about what a Romney budget would do to CT, has he stopped and looked at what a lack of an Obama budget has done to America? Simple, simple question folks: Are we better off as a Nation today than we were 4 years ago? Only you can answer this.
Joe S September 07, 2012 at 08:49 PM
bla, bla, bla, The governor just spent the entire interview stating democrat talking points. No original ideas. He also speaks of the people of Connecticut as if we're all brain dead Obamabots.


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