Malloy revs up Democrats at local rally

Greenwich Democratic supporters rallied around Gov. Dannel Malloy last week at a campaign event held at the home of John Blankley, the Democratic state House candidate running against Republican incumbent state Rep. Livvy Floren for the 149th District seat.

In a brief speech before the governor took the reins, Mr. Blankley indicated that some of the major issues protested in the streets during the 1960s, such as bigotry and poverty, are still in existence today as a result of the Republican party’s views and actions. Calling out Republicans for being prejudiced against homosexuals, immigrants and women, Mr. Blankley told supporters it was time to take action, adding,“This is a very important election indeed.”

Mr. Malloy had a similar message, delivering a speech that asserted the “sharp differences” between the Democratic and Republican parties and asking attendees to vote for Democrats at every level from Mr. Blankley to President Obama on Nov. 6.

The governor commended Mr. Blankley, along with Stephanie Paulmeno, candidate for the 150th state House District, and David Rafferty, candidate for the 151st House seat, who were all in attendance, for “stepping forward” in a town where Democrats are notoriously the underdogs.

Blasting Republicans for their advocacy of trickle-down economics, Mr. Malloy told attendees it was not possible to lift the state or country out of its economic crisis by “assuming only top folks need a break and it’ll somehow get down to the bottom.”

Insisting on the need for improved infrastructure, better all-around school systems and more investment in bio-science to produce future jobs, Mr. Malloy said the economy needed “a good kick” and the nation’s confidence in it restored.

“The time has come that we need to put down a marker in our own state through our legislative elections, through our local elections, through every election, including supporting the president of the United States in his re-election, that says that we as a state, we as a town, we as a county, we as a nation are not afraid to think big again,” Mr. Malloy said. “That we’re not going to small our way out of this thing. That we’ve got to cut back where it’s appropriate to cut back but we’ve also got to invest where we need to invest.”

Mr. Malloy also referenced the recent political debates between Senate candidates Democrat Chris Murphy and Republican Linda McMahon as well as between President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Purposely omitting the names of all four politicians, the governor argued that the discussion between Mr. Murphy and Ms. McMahon “wasn’t a debate.” Mr. Murphy, he said, knew the issues and confronted them, while Ms. McMahon recreated herself and her beliefs “on a weekly basis.”

President Obama “didn’t perform particularly well” at his first debate against Mr. Romney two weeks ago, Mr. Malloy said, but the Republican candidate was disingenuous, functioning as an “outstanding” actor throughout the event.

The results of the upcoming election rest upon voters understanding the difference between Democrats and Republicans, specifically that Democrats “stand for our fellow citizens,” the governor said.

“We in this room measure ourselves by the success of our community, of our neighbors, of our friends in that community,” Mr. Malloy insisted. “We don’t decide how wealthy we are or what’s happened in our life and that decides whether we were a success or not. We say, ‘What happened on my street? What happened in my neighborhood? What happened in my town of Greenwich? Are we lifting all of our citizens up?’”

The only direction to move in is forward, Mr. Malloy said.

“Let no one doubt who we are and what we are and what we believe in. And that is the fair and equitable distribution of opportunity and the fair and equitable distribution of success in our community, in our schools and in our nation,” he said in closing.

Although Mr. Malloy and Republican state. Rep. Ms. Floren, Mr. Blankley’s opponent, have acted as political allies in the past, Mr. Malloy told the Post he would be compatible with whichever candidate wins the election.

The governor and Ms. Floren “worked well on things in the past and I’ll work well with whoever’s elected,” he said. “But I’m here for a rally for the Democratic Party here in Greenwich.”

Mr. Blankley commended Mr. Malloy’s rally speech and told the Post he was grateful that the governor had come to support him.

“This was just what I wanted,” Mr. Blankley explained. “This is rallying the troops. No one does it better than the governor, so I’m a great supporter.”


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