“I absolutely love Connecticut, and that’s the irony.” said Joe Scarborough during a taping of Face the State that aired Sunday. The host of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC has become a vocal critic of the new state budget and has brought the backlash over the budget to the national conversation. Within days of Scarborough mentioning the tax hikes here, Georgia, Texas, and Indiana all made overtures to disgrunted Connecticut companies, essentially saying “move here, we’ll show you some love.”
The former congressman moved to New Canaan in 2011, and has fallen in love with his adopted state. He misses the lower cost of living in Florida, where he served as a congressman, but proudly rattles off the attributes of his new state including hospitals, UConn and even the winter. Scarborough is certainly disappointed with the legislature and their passing of the new budget, but he won’t be fleeing the Constitution State. “This is my home, and more importantly, my kids’ home.”
“We have to right size how Hartford runs.” Scarborough told me he wants to do his part to make Connecticut a better place for businesses and the rest of us. “It would be a great tragedy if we let one business after another business after another business leave.” I asked Scarborough if he was interested in running for office here in Connecticut, and he said Mika wouldn’t let him right now. So what about running for governor in 2018? “One day at a time.”
As for his immediate plans, he wants to help Connecticut, and might create a non-profit to do it.
Watch the interview right here:
Also on the program, Susan Raff talks with House Speaker Brendan Sharkey and Republican State Senator Kevin Witkos about the budget backlash and the special session. Our flashback takes us back to May of 1993, when Mika Brzezinski was covering the big story of the day: whether United Technologies would close one of its Pratt Whitney plants and move jobs out of state.