[Photos courtesy of Frank Gerratana]
Governor Dan Malloy and his wife Cathy brought his campaign for re-election to New Britain and Democratic headquarters Saturday, thanking volunteers at a crowded Democratic headquarters and heading over to the downtown Oktoberfest festival.
Malloy, drawing sharp differences with the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Tom Foley, cited his administration’s accomplishments over the last three and a half years in a pep talk to local Democrats. He pointed to the new minimum wage law, student achievement gains and higher graduation rates, steady progress on creating jobs since 2010 and successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Connecticut, he said, has become a model for the nation in insuring the uninsured and making access to health care a right.
On the transportation issue — important to New Britain with the opening of CT Fastraks early next year — Malloy skewered Foley’s statement that too much is being spent on transportation infrastructure. “This is a guy (Foley) who doesn’t want to tell you what he’s going to do, but every once in a while it slips out,” Malloy said. The Governor pointed to growing demand for more public transit in Greater Hartford, citing heavy use of CT Transit busses by employees for major companies such as Travelers. Chided Malloy of Foley: “He gets to choose between a Maserati and a BMW and doesn’t want people to be able to take the bus.”
Malloy urged volunteers and local leaders to get out the vote on November 4th before moving on to the downtown Oktoberfest Festival with State Senator Terry Gerratana and State Rep. Bobby Sanchez.
“The name of the game is to talk to people. If you don’t talk to people, you can’t get started…You knock on twenty doors or so, and twenty guys tell you to go to hell, or that they haven’t got time. But maybe at the fortieth or sixtieth house you find the one guy who is all you need. You’re not going to organize everything; you’re just going to get it started”
Cesar Chavez, President United Farm Workers (UFW) 1927-1993
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