Gov. Malloy ad involving Sandy Hook irks some

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Dannel Malloy’s new campaign ad is rubbing some people the wrong way.

The ad references his handling of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, saying it’s an example of his leadership in difficult times. Featured is Nicole Hockley, whose son Dylan was one of the 20 children killed.

“Gov. Malloy has the courage and conviction to stand up and do the right thing. Dan Malloy has made the tough decisions for our kids and our future: Cutting $12 billion in long term debt; increasing funding for education every year; providing the leadership to protect our families from gun violence.”

Republicans are accusing Malloy of trying to exploit the mass shooting for political gain. But an adviser to Malloy’s campaign said Hockley reached out to them, saying she wanted to help his re-election campaign.

Ners 8 asked you if you thought the Sandy Hook school shooting is a valid topic for political advertisements in the race for governor. The majority of you, more than 87 percent, said no, not at all. Almost 12 percent say yes, absolutely, and about 1 percent say you’re not sure. To take part in the poll just head to

And while you’re there, don’t forget to submit your questions for News 8’s special on Sunday. We’ll be sitting down with the republican candidates for governor, and we’ll air some of your concerns during the show. That airs on Sunday morning at 8 a.m.

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