McKinney: I Won’t Attack Fellow Republicans
July 26, 2013


Connecticut Republicans narrowly lost the race for governor in 2010 after a contentious primary between former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley and then Lt. Governor Michael Fedele. The two attacked each other in a barrage of negative advertising, and Fedele’s commercials later became talking points for Democrats in the general election. Would a unified party have led to a different outcome in November?


We’ll never know, but State Senator John McKinney doesn’t seems to want to see a repeat of the ’10 GOP gubernatorial battle. During a taping of Face the State set to air Sunday, the senate minority leader told me he would not criticize his fellow Republican candidates for governor, and instead is focused on Governor Malloy.

Malloy has faced all sorts of challenges as governor from a massive budget deficit, to historic storms to a massacre. I asked McKinney why he would even want such a job. We also talked about the urban dilemma Republicans are now saddled with: they are losing in the cities and since Governor Malloy took office the mayor’s offices in Waterbury, New Britain and Middletown have all flipped from R to D. And in a page out of the Detroit playbook, Hartford Republicans didn’t even field a candidate for mayor in 2011.

We also have analysis on McKinney’s candidacy and the race from Mark Pazniokas of the Connecticut Mirror and Johanna Somers of the Day of New London.



You can watch the entire interview with Senator McKinney, right here:



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Malloy Budget Cuts Defended by Occhigrosso as Specter of 2014 Looms
November 30, 2012

Governor Malloy has much to juggle this holiday season.   He’s been forced to make drastic budget cuts to close a $360M budget hole, and how he handles this is sure to become a major issue in his re-election campaign.   Already Republicans have their eye on his office.

Too early for 2014?   No.   Then Stamford Mayor Malloy appeared on Face the State on November 16, 2008 saying he wanted to run, some two years before the 2010 election.

This Sunday on Face the State, we are joined by the governor’s senior Roy Occhigrosso, a staunch defender of the administration’s policies over the past 23 months.    Occhiogrosso told me the governor is an optimist who likes his  job and is doing what he feels is best for the state.

When we broached the subject of re-election, Occhiogrosso told me, while the governor doesn’t worry about his potential rivals,  his senior advisor certainly does.   As for likely candidate Tom Foley, Occhiogrosso called him “Connecticut’s version of Mitt Romney.”

Occhiogrosso also said Malloy’s critics are missing the larger picture, “We’ve been through a tough time, but we have made some progress.”

Also joining us this Sunday:  two local mayors who talked about the impact the budget problems will have on cities and towns.     Republican Mayor Donna Hemmann of Wethersfield and Democratic Mayor John Picard of West Haven offered some unique insight into what will happen to taxpayers as these cuts take effect.

You can watch the entire interviews, this Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State, only on Channel 3.

UPDATE: Watch Occhiogrosso here:

and Picard and Hemmann here:


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