Hartford Whalers

Governor Malloy on Taxes, the GOP, & NHL in Hartford


The budget, jobs, re-election, Tom Foley, the NHL and Chris Christie, those were just some of the topics we talked about with Governor Malloy during a taping of Face the State, that aired Sunday morning at 11 on WFSB.

In a wide-ranging conversation, the governor reiterated his goals laid out in his state of the state address, and responded to criticism that the budget surplus he has been talking about isn’t real. We also talked about issue people are wondering about. Will he run for re-election, as everybody assumes he will?

DH: Where are you in the process of deciding whether to seek re-election

DM: I should turn my attention to it, I have been busy doing the best job I can to turn the state around. Right now the other folks have quite a wonderful donnybrook on their hands…6 or 7 candidates running for governor. They deserve to have all the attention they can possibly get, in my opinion.

DH: Is there a chance you won’t run?

DM: i haven’t made a final decision so I guess the answer to that is in the affirmative?

The governor added if he doesn’t run, “Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman should.” Most reporters believe there is a very slim chance the governor won’t run, but perhaps he is waiting for a new poll before launching a campaign.

The last governor in Connecticut running for re-election didn’t announce his plans until June. That was John Rowland and watch that Face the State flashback right here: https://dennishouse.tv/2012/06/14/face-the-state-flashback-rowland-kicks-off-campaign-for-historic-3rd-term/


The governor and I had a lengthy conversation about his 2010 rival Tom Foley, who is back for another shot at a rematch, and he predicted the GOP won’t have a winner coming out of the state convention. We also talked about the governor’s biggest accomplishment, biggest mistake, Metro North and some other topics.

I also asked Governor Malloy if he thinks New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is lying about what he know in the bridge scandal.


In our Face the State flashback, we showed the governor an Eyewitness News report on the late Governor Ella Grasso and her relationship with the Hartford Whalers. Governor Malloy revealed about some information about the possibility of the NHL restoring a team to Connecticut’s capital city, that was definitely encouraging.

The governor revealed that a new potential ownership group has emerged, making that now three groups of investors who are talking with the NHL about a new team for Hartford. He would not elaborate, but did talk about the governor will talk what it will take for this to go to the next level.

By the way, we have a collection of mugs for use on the Face the State set, and the governor picked a Whalers mug, which coincidentally matched his tie.

Watch the broadcast right here:

Part 1 http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9815786

Part 2 http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9815789

Part 3 http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9815795

5 replies »

  1. In 2010 Malloy claimed he would be honest about the budget and not borrow to cover operating expenses. And what does he do now? He claims he has a surplus after he borrowed to cover operating expenses! It’s the ultimate budget gimmick from the guy who disavowed them four years ago. Foley still isn’t much better. Can’t we find anyone better than the current candidates for Governor?


  2. So, no mention of the Wolf Pack, the Sound Tigers, the Danbury Whalers, and absolutely no mention of Yale or Quinnipiac? Why not. these are hockey teams in this state that get a lot of people in this state, and three of them have even won championships. But let’s all get behind UConn, because they are a good gauge for NHL support? That makes no sense at all. Also, way to give a middle finger to Global who have been doing an amazing job getting people into Hartford. The governor basically just said all their work has meant nothing, because we should only care about UConn and not the team that has been in Hartford for 17 years. I’ll never understand some of the people and media in this state. We have all these great teams, but why talk? Let’s just talk about what we used to have and may never get again. No wonder the state is behind places like Quebec, Toronto, Seattle, and even Las Vegas. Even people in the NHL don’t think of Hartford as a potential home. They think Milwaukee, Houston, and Portland have a better shot at a team.


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