Mauro: This Time We’ll Hit 20,000

One of New Haven’s most frequent guests these days, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, returned to town Sunday afternoon to dispatch troops like Ross Granville Harrison III and Celestino Cordova on a mission of “hand-to-hand combat”: running up his victory margin here even more than in 2010.

Harrison, a retiree and first-time volunteer, and Cordova, a Fair Haven Democratic ward co-chair and longtime party worker, were among 20 Malloy faithfuls who showed up at the Central Labor Council’s Chapel Street headquarters to start working the phones and to hear a pep talk from the governor.

Democrat Malloy has been in town so often lately—including almost every day last week—that he could qualify for residency. There’s a good reason for that: New Haven gave him a stunning victory margin in his 2010 campaign: 18,606 votes, the largest plurality statewide. He needed every last one of those to squeeze by Republican Tom Foley (Malloy won statewide by only 6,404 votes). Now Foley is running against him again, and he needs New Haven more than ever: polls show the race neck and neck, with some of Malloy’s past supporters speaking of deserting him. No New Haven landslide, no reelection.

Democratic Town Chairman Vincent Mauro Jr. set the bar high in remarks to Sunday’s gathering: “It’s going to be a hard election year. When New Haven delivered a plurality of 18,000 votes [in 2010], it was a source of pride for us. Let me tell you – I think he’s asking for 20,000 this year. We’re going to get this thing rolling and we’re going to win this thing.”

“To all of you: you are the energy, the engine, the glue that makes this party run. I’ve gone door to door, and sometimes I continue to do so, because it’s the best kind of politics. Mano-a-mano. When you look somebody in the eye, you know if they’re going to be with you or not. And that’s what we need,” declared U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (pictured with Malloy).

“Let me bring it down to New Haven. This hand-to-hand combat, this knockin’ on the door, this discussion in your backyard when somebody’s over for a barbecue, or when you’re over visiting with somebody – this is how we’re going to win it. There are more than enough votes out there for us to win. This is a fight worth having, because we can in fact continue to change the direction of the state of Connecticut,” Malloy told the group. He spoke of the 330 jobs created at New Haven Works, the increase of the minimum wage to $10.10 a year by 2017, the decrease in crime rates, and his efforts to strengthen schools and boost pre-K education in his first four years in office. Left unmentioned was his support for charter schools, which a liberal third-party challenger, Jonathan Pelto, has seized on as a central campaign issue.

As they received their orders and hit the phones, volunteers spoke about what motivated them to help.

Ward 16 co-chair and community organizer Cordova said he wants to make sure he and his long-serving Puerto-Rican regiment get their due as veterans. Cordova, who has long supported Democratic statewide candidates, called it his duty to see to Malloy’s reelection.

“I forget how long ago the governor was mayor of Stamford, but that was the first I’d ever heard of him,” said retiree Harrison (pictured). “I said: ‘what’s this guy doing running for mayor? We need a governor like that.’ And sure enough it came to pass. So I got a call [this year] from whoever was running the phone bank that said would you be interested in volunteering, and I was. Because we need a guy who talks turkey, and addressed the problem, not the politics.”

Hazel Standberry cited education as her top reason for backing Malloy: “We really need a universal Pre-K program in Connecticut, all over the state. It gives the children a chance to learn and it gives them a chance to start ... not a step behind, but a step ahead. Then he does the ‘baby scholars’ program [CHET]. It’s very hard, and expensive for education today, and it’s going to be be even more so in the future. I want someone to have a chance to get their degree, because it’s very difficult to get a job without it.”

“I’m happy with his view on education,” added Corena Hamilton, a high-achieving student at High School in the Community.

Her grandmother, Diane Hamilton, offered a different reason. “I believe,” she said, “he’s most aligned with Obama.”

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posted by: THREEFIFTHS on June 23, 2014  7:54am

Her grandmother, Diane Hamilton, offered a different reason. “I believe,” she said, “he’s most aligned with Obama.”

They are.Both of them are for Charter Schools and Selling out Teachers.

posted by: Palin Smith on June 23, 2014  7:55am

Visconti is coming…...

posted by: New Haven Taxpayer on June 23, 2014  8:17am

I know one vote he won’t be getting this time that he got last time.

posted by: Noteworthy on June 23, 2014  8:41am

Left Unsaid Notes:

1. Left unsaid is Malloy jamming the largest tax increase in history down our throats in his “share pain” campaign - the tax was real. The shared pain with labor unions was not. They got a free ride.

2. Left unsaid was the massive tax increase on hospitals and utilities - that made our healthcare and utilities more expensive.

3. Left unsaid is that despite those massive tax increases, the state’s balance sheet is deeply flawed and damaged; the next year’s budget is grossly in deficit and our collectively credit rating has gone down.

4. Left unsaid is that the minimum hike to $10.10 an hour will cost a lot of people their jobs, limit the hours of those that have them. If you are one with a job, it’s great. If you’re the one who lost your job because of it, too bad.

5. Left unsaid is that our homes are now charged a permanent sales tax - that erodes our equity and diminishes our retirement money. It was temporary but Malloy raised it and made it permanent.

6. Left unsaid is that Malloy supported the largest gas tax hike in history.

7. Left unsaid is that the business climate in Connecticut is seen as among the poorest in the nation; that our economy grew at less than half the pace of the national economy.

8. Left unsaid is that Malloy spent hundreds of millions, in fact, well over a billion dollars in corporate welfare.

I could go on for a quite a long list.

Malloy is right. We have a lot to discuss at our backyard BBQs - and the biggest question is why in hell we should vote for Malloy again.  Just being a Democrat isn’t good enough. If it is for some folks - shame on them.

posted by: robn on June 23, 2014  9:10am

Uh huh. The same guy who threw democracy under the bus by endorsing a mayoral candidate before the Democratic primary in New Haven. Make no mistake, Dan Malloys allegiances lie with the five percenters (5% of workers in public sector unions and 5% of workers in private sector unions.) To him the middle class is just a bank account.

posted by: getyourfactstraight on June 23, 2014  9:19am

He needs New Haven to win. He will not get that landslide this time. He has lost a lot of votes in this city. He is not the man I thought he would be. I would rather put up with someone else for one term (if they aren’t up to snuff) and vote them out next time around. I do know one thing, Molloy needs to go!

posted by: TheMadcap on June 23, 2014  11:03am

Malloy has been rather lackluster and has done things I disagree with, but I’ll still vote for him because it’s going to be a very close election and things that he did that Foley may not have:

1. Signed medical and decriminalized marijuana into law
2. Signed a bill protecting transgendered people from discrimination
3. Was the first to begin to expand Medicaid
4. Signed nation’s first bill mandating some kind of sick leave for certain employees
5. Expanded both pre-K slots and affordable housing units
6. Raised the minimum wage
7. Abolished capital punishment
8. Didn’t just slash and burn services when the recession left a budget hole
9. Signed GMO labeling bill(I personally think this is stupid but a lot of liberals are into it)
10. CT had basically the most successful and functional Obamacare exchange.

posted by: TheMadcap on June 23, 2014  11:05am

Also same day voter registration!

posted by: JustAnotherTaxPayer on June 23, 2014  12:39pm

The majority of us forget the terrible condition the state was left in due to a failing economy brought to all of us from the looting of wall street, and the trillions of dollars forcibly spent to support the country’s involvement in armed conflict abroad. Yes, trillions of dollars, and that waste of money and theft of money, conveniently shipped abroad to safe havens like the Caymans and Switzerland, was not reinvested into the development of the US economy, but third world nations, where the workforce is treated as modern day slaves producing products that we so eagerly consume.

The shame and problem is within ourselves, and Malloy is just a person with the unfortunate timing to want to be governor of a state, at a time in history when all elected officials are so easily condemned on any and all fronts, real and imaginary, to be scapegoats for the super wealthy looting of the nation.

I guess to really take the measure of the man, one may of had to be in Sandy Hook, when he stepped up to the plate, as the state’s governor, and representative of everyone that lives here, to decide he should be responsible for telling parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, that they had suffered the greatest of losses that any person could imagine. Just the sounds of those poor folks, and his strength that day, as our governor, can not be priced, or ever fully understood and respected.

He’s got my vote.

posted by: Connecticut Centrist on June 23, 2014  8:06pm

Am I reading an online local news publication or did I click onto a promotion by the Malloy campaign website?

posted by: Art Vandelay on June 24, 2014  9:30am

Malloy’s a smart politician.  He knows he alienated the large loyal suburban Democrat vote.  He has the union endorsements, so now he has to ignite the low information urban vote.  It’s the only way he can win.  Bridgeport is a no brainer.  If the Democrats feel they may loose it at the last minute, they can always call on Denise Merrill to print more ballots & keep the polls open.  New Haven is a bit different.  He’ll have to contract area limo companies to stock their bars & transport voters from the shelters to the polls. He’ll just take a page out of the Toni Harp playbook.  Excellent strategy.