Malloy Running for Mayor Again

Dan Malloy is acknowledging he’ll be running for mayor next year, while possibly enmeshed in a second run for governor.

This could set up a situation much like 2005, where both Malloy and John DeStefano were running for mayor of their respective cities while at the same time running for governor. A major issue raised against both candidates was the fact that both were out of the city so often. DeStefano cruised to re-election, as he is expected to do again this year, but Malloy faced a much, much tougher fight, winning only 51% of the vote in a race hotly contested by Republicans.

Stamford, however, is a city where Republicans actually can and do compete well against Democrats. Malloy could be in for another tough contest this year. Expect Stamford Republicans to unveil their candidate early.

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16 responses to “Malloy Running for Mayor Again

  1. He should skip running for mayor altogether; for if he loses his chances of winning the nomination for Governor will drop to roughly -0- give or take a point or two.

  2. What reason would Stamfordites have for turning him out? Stamford is the only major city in the state that is growing and prospering, it ranks as one of the safest cities of its size in the country, crime has more than halved since the early nineties. Malloy has presided over all of it. If the economy in Stamford begins to tank, it certainly isn’t Malloy’s fault, but that of incompetent Republican governance at the national level.

    On what platform would Republicans run? “George Bush really wasn’t that bad”? You need Republicans to run the economy effectively”? Really, what could Republicans offer to Connecticut voters and Stamford residents?

    On the other hand, if Rell, who speeds away from other Republicans as medieval villagers fleed the plague, decides not to run, who in the world would the Republicans put up against a vibrant and proven leader like Malloy?

  3. Malloy handled the dual campaigns last time but it may be more difficult in 2009 just because the economy is in the tank. He will have to pay attention to Stamford for at least three months in 2009 in order to insure his reelection as Mayor. Sometimes voters don’t like their candidates running for two offices.

  4. Republicans compete well against Democrats in Stamford?

    Are you aware that most of the Democrats did not even have an opponent in Stamford this year?

    Malloy barely won in 2005, but that was because of him. All of the other Democrats who don’t have Greenwich as part of their district have an extremely easy time winning. Who in Stamford likes Malloy? Not many.

    The major joke of 2005 was when Malloy said that the National Republicans came in to help the Republican mayoral candidate. The truth is that the Republican started his race in late July, had no prior political experience, and had an extremely weak Republican organization helping him. The HUGE HUGE HUGE HUGE anti-Malloy sentiment is what kept that race close. Malloy is more disliked now than in 2005 and the Republican Party in Stamford appears to be about as weak as it possibly could be. Stop the phony arguments about Republicans being competitive in Stamford and that that is the cause of Malloy’s struggles. What a joke.

  5. [quote comment=”38871″]What reason would Stamfordites have for turning him out? Stamford is the only major city in the state that is growing and prospering, it ranks as one of the safest cities of its size in the country, crime has more than halved since the early nineties. Malloy has presided over all of it. If the economy in Stamford begins to tank, it certainly isn’t Malloy’s fault, but that of incompetent Republican governance at the national level.[/quote]

    Stamford’s recent growth at least appears to be based on the well-being of the international finance industry — and while you can plausibly pin the collapse of that industry on conservative economic ideology, you can’t blame conservatives for putting all of a city’s eggs in one basket.

    This storm will be a good test for Malloy — if the city weathers it well, then he would have succeeded at getting a substantial upside from what wound up being a dangerously unstable industry while managing to limit the city’s risk in the bargain. That said, the jury is still out on that subject.

  6. >>On what platform would Republicans run? “George Bush really wasn’t that bad”? You need Republicans to run the economy effectively”?

    A very parochial political perspective.

    Eventually, even the more dense voter will figure out just when the economy took a turn for the worse and just who was in bed with Fannie & Freddie at the time – which probably caused the bulk of the whole mess.

    It certainly wasn’t the GOP.

    The above withstanding, if (that’s *if*) the Democrats conclude that bailing out Detroit without some sort of a “go buy a new car NOW” stimulus plan, it won’t do their UAW constituency a bit of good.

    That would be a problem for both the Democratic Party in a political sense, and the nation as a whole in a much larger economic one.

    On the other hand, the Dems could do something in-line with this, perhaps coupled with trade sanctions against nations that block their markets to our products and produce (Japan) and have the economy raging in nothing flat.

    NOTE TO GC
    We really need the PREVIEW feature back.

  7. [quote comment=”38874″]while you can plausibly pin the collapse of that industry on conservative economic ideology[/quote]

    No, you absolutely cannot. That’s absurd.

  8. Did anyone else notice this in the Stamford Advocate article?

    Amann also alluded to “other issues” involving Malloy’s personal life that he said could pose a liability in a gubernatorial campaign.

    In 2007, Malloy’s son, Benjamin, was arrested by Greenwich police on drug possession and sales charges. A search of Benjamin Malloy’s car and room at his parent’s house found more than 30 bags of marijuana and bags with cocaine residue.

    In June, Benjamin Malloy entered into a two-year probationary program for first-time offenders that, if completed successfully, will clear the drug-dealing charges from his record.

  9. You stay classy, Mr. Speaker.

  10. [quote comment=”38876″][quote comment=”38874″]while you can plausibly pin the collapse of that industry on conservative economic ideology[/quote]

    No, you absolutely cannot. That’s absurd.[/quote]

    Sure you can. You can’t pin it 100% on Republicans, but the collapse is exhibit A as to why the financial services industry needs regulation.

    Maybe your brand of conservatism is one that favors regulation of “too big to fail” industries . If so, I wish you a great deal of success.

  11. What reason would Stamfordites have for turning him out? Stamford is the only major city in the state that is growing and prospering, it ranks as one of the safest cities of its size in the country, crime has more than halved since the early nineties. Malloy has presided over all of it. If the economy in Stamford begins to tank, it certainly isn’t Malloy’s fault, but that of incompetent Republican governance at the national level.

    Stamford has been able to attract many financial firms fleeing the high taxes of New York City. If (when?) the economy begins to tank, it’ll be the result of the financial services industry’s problems.

    Why is the financial industry having these huge problems? It’s not just one singular law or regulation. The people blame the Republicans can’t point to a single regulation that was passed (or repealed) by the Republicans to cause the industry to implode. Not to say that the Republicans are blameless: George Bush relentlessly pushed no down payment mortgages as a way to increase home ownership, particularly among minorities. However, the Democrats certainly didn’t disapprove of this. No down payments weren’t the only reason, of course, but they probably were a major influence.

  12. Just a feeling, but perhaps Dobb’s ideal conservative would not fancy command economies. There is nothing conservative about Fannie Mae or other quasi government, privately held corporations, the ultimate oxymoron.

  13. >>exhibit A as to why the financial services industry needs regulation

    Even George Soros disagrees with you on that.

  14. Malloy had his finger on the pulse of the economy back when (we know officially today) it started to go south, and began to take the prudent steps necessary to guide the city through the deteriorating economic atmosphere. Nobody, however, saw this hurricane breaking.

    Stamford will weather this storm, although it will not be easy.

    Should he in fact run for Mayor in ’09, Malloy will win decisively. As the saying goes, mistakes were made in ’05, and they will not be repeated.

    And when he turns his full attention to the gubernatorial race, he’ll be running from a strong base and will start with the kind of name recognition and the benefit of the very competitive statewide battle in ’05.

    There simply is nobody on the scene better for the job, and I say that without caveats. There is nobody on either side of the aisle in his class.

  15. [quote post=”2385″]Malloy had his finger on the pulse of the economy back when (we know officially today) it started to go south, and began to take the prudent steps necessary to guide the city through the deteriorating economic atmosphere. Nobody, however, saw this hurricane breaking.[/quote]

    Not nobody. I called it a recession here http://donpesci.blogspot.com/2008/02/coming-recession.html on Feb 17, 08, three months after the recession had begun, and again here http://donpesci.blogspot.com/2008/03/let-bad-times-roll.html in March.

  16. [quote comment=”38892″]There simply is nobody on the scene better for the job, and I say that without caveats. There is nobody on either side of the aisle in his class.[/quote]

    You are forgetting Representative Henry Genga.

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