There was a gubernatorial forum in Pomfret this week with Dan Malloy, Susan Bysiewicz and Jim Amann, similar to the one that was held in Groton two weeks ago.
Ray Hackett of the Norwich Bulletin has this review:
Malloy narrowly won the convention endorsement three years ago, but ultimately lost the nomination in a Democratic primary. And that may very well be a contributing factor to the strong showing he is making today. His presentation is relaxed, a strong, convincing cadence in his voice that exhibits a sense of confidence, and leaving an impression that he not only understands exactly what the issues are, but he’s ready to do battle.
It is a stark and noticeable difference when he’s standing side-by-side with his two rivals.
Dean Pagani agrees, writing:
Malloy is obviously the most practiced speaker having done the gubernatorial circuit four years ago.
Amann and Bysiewicz have a great deal of work to do in developing a strong stump speech. Amann fell into the common pattern of former legislators who tend to recite their records. Bysiewicz had the outline of a passionate speech, but failed to make it hers and grab the audience.
Amann and Bysiewicz could certainly improve, but for now it looks like Malloy’s gubernatorial campaign experience is giving him a boost.
What do you think?