Governor Malloy may not be as popular with voters as his predecessor, but it is clear he is more popular with the media. The new governor has raised the bar very high in terms of media accessibility, and that makes the job of reporters a whole lot easier.
Case in point: this Sunday on Face the State our first guest is the governor’s senior advisor Roy Occhiogrosso. Those who have sat in that same seat in our studio this month include the governor himself, the lieutenant governor, and the chief of staff. The Malloy administration is making its people very available to journalists, and that is certainly refreshing. That could change down the road, but we’ll take it while we can get it.
I’ve known Occhiogrosso for a long time and have always found him to be extremely hardworking. He is one of those advisors who always either takes my call, or calls me back as soon as possible. He also is quick to e-mail me, even on a weekend, when the situation warrants.
Roy is obviously thrilled his candidate won this time after two losses in the 1990s when he worked on the campaigns of Democrat Bill Curry. Those of us who know Roy feared his head would have exploded if Dan Malloy had lost, and that’s a story none of us wanted to cover!
Anyway. this weekend we get some insight into the governor from his closest and most trusted advisor. We talk taxes, security, and what’s ahead after the budget battle.
Tune in this Sunday at 11AM for Face the State.