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: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8018141

and Picard and Hemmann here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=8018149

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