GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — It appears that Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is President Obama’s favorite Governor. The President has made the call to Gov. Malloy to be in the Presidential box for his final ‘State of the Union’ address to Congress Tuesday night.
The causes that Malloy has pushed, and the laws that he’s signed, are many of the same causes that President Obama believes in.
Whether you call them liberal or progressive issues, Gov. Malloy has championed and signed laws into the books here in Connecticut, that are deep-rooted causes for the national Democratic Party. His philosophy of pushing, rather than running away from those causes, are part of the reason he is now Chairman of the Democratic Governor’s Association.
It was the big reason President Obama came to Connecticut for a massive ‘get out the vote’ rally in Bridgeport, in the last statewide election, when Malloy was in what had been considered a close race for his re-election to a second term.
The two men also bonded when the President came to Newtown after the tragedy at Sandy Hook in December of 2012 and they both consoled the families in private meetings preceding a large interfaith service at Newtown High School.
“I received a call telling me that they would like me to be at the State of the Union Address because we’ve done so many things that they’re encouraging other states to do,” said the Governor.
The Obama Administration is specifically pointing to Connecticut’s first in the nation ‘Paid Sick Leave law,’ the ‘$10.10 minimum wage law’, the most successful ‘Obamacare’ roll out in the country. Malloy’s ‘Second Chance Society law,’ that emphasizes reintegrating non-violent offenders back into society, and the ‘Sandy Hook’ gun law passed and signed by Malloy just 120 days after the shootings.
Monday, while visiting a manufacturer that has benefited from Malloy’s ‘Small Business Express’ program he took time to advocate for the President’s Executive Order aimed at closing the so-called ‘Gun Show Loophole’ because it would make background checks in other states as tough as they are here. Said the Governor, “One of the uses of I-95 is for the distribution of illegal guns purchased in states where those loopholes exist.”
Malloy also took time Monday to try to prove that Connecticut is not anti-business, that more than 20 businesses have moved into Connecticut since he’s been Governor.
But it’s important to note that businesses here in Connecticut lobbied against his ‘Mandatory Sick Leave law’ and the minimum wage hike calling both ‘anti-business.’