Governor-elect Dan Malloy’s Chief of Staff Tim Bannon last worked in the Governor’s office twenty years ago, under then Governor Bill O’Neill. There was no internet, no cell phones, and no bloggers. In many ways it was an administration that was even older, having its roots in the 1970s, when Ella Grasso was elected Governor.
During a taping of Face the State, I asked Bannon if there are any policies or practices from those old days that will be resurrected on January 5th when Democrats will control the entire state government for the first time since 1991. Bannon told me like Governor O’Neill, Governor Malloy will be focused on creating jobs.
I also asked Bannon on how he will differ from the woman he will succeed, Lisa Moody, widely regarded as running the governor’s office with an iron fist, and a grip that extended beyond the State Capitol. If you are not familiar with Moody’s tenure, google articles from the Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender and Kevin Rennie to learn more. Bannon told me he will not be a de facto Governor and that Governor Malloy will make the major decisions.
Bannon also filled us in on potential changes in agencies and departments in an effort to save money, and said on January 5th, the state will resume spending on tourism. Citizens across our state were embarrassed last week when it was revealed Connecticut was the only state excluded on a guide of New England because it didn’t want to spend the money.
Tune in this Sunday at 11 AM for the complete interview with Tim Bannon.