Dannel Malloy

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Dannel Malloy is Governor of Connecticut.

Labor support 2010

New Britain, Ct, Nov. 4, 2010 – A massive get-out-the-vote campaign targeted to Council 4 AFSCME members and their families made the difference in helping Dannel Malloy and other pro-worker candidates get elected in Connecticut, the union said today.

“Connecticut voters echoed what our union members were saying as they headed tothe polls: everyone deserves quality affordable health care, secure retirement and fair taxes,” Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano noted.

All of Council 4’s endorsed candidates prevailed in races for Governor (Malloy), Lt. Governor (Nancy Wyman), Attorney General (George Jepsen), Comptroller (Kevin Lembo), Treasurer (Denise Nappier and Secretary of State (Denise Merrill). Council 4- endorsed candidates also won their races for U.S. Senate (Richard Blumenthal) and Congress (John B. Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Chris Murphy).

“We used people power to counteract corporate and wealthy donors pushing their anti-union agenda,” Luciano said.

Anna Montalvo, President of AFSCME Local 1522 in Bridgeport, said union members grasped the high stakes in the election:

“Right from the start of this campaign we had our boots on the ground, whether for Dan Malloy or Jim Himes or Chris Murphy. Connecticut staved off the anti-working family tide that swept the nation,” said Montalvo, who co-chairs Council 4’s political action committee.[1]

WFP

According to Jon Green, executive director of Connecticut Working Families, "In 2006, our highest priority was electing Chris Murphy, when no one thought he had a chance, ... "In 2008, our highest priority was electing Jim Himes to Congress. In 2010, our highest priority was electing Dannel Malloy to the governor's office. ... We're batting a thousand so far."[2]

Elsewhere in the country, the Tea Party is a model for what the WFP is trying to do. But in Connecticut, the WFP predates the Tea Party—and its clout is such that in 2010, when the Tea Party was rising nationally, a Connecticut Tea Party affiliate cited the WFP as an inspiration. The current majority leader of the state House launched his career with WFP backing. In 2009, in the wake of the financial crisis, New York and Connecticut were two of the only states to fill their state budget holes by raising taxes on the rich rather than merely cutting spending.

In Connecticut’s 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary, an underdog mayor named Dannel Malloy attacked the front-runner, Ned Lamont, for his opposition to paid sick days, making it the subject of a blitz of TV ads. Lamont, formerly a liberal darling for his 2006 primary defeat of Senator Joe Lieberman, led in the polls right up to the eve of the primary—but Malloy ended up beating him by 14 points. Paid sick days had been proposed but blocked by the Democratic legislature in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Once Malloy took office in 2011, he quickly signed the nation’s first statewide paid-sick-days mandate.[3]

Communist support

Activists from the Hartford Service Workers Club of the Communist Party USA took time out from a busy day of door-knocking union households for Dannel Malloy for Governor to gather and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Mississippi Summer. The occasion featured a talk by 1960s civil rights activist Larry Rubin and was sponsored by the Hartford Labor Committee of the People's World.

Larry Rubin was a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) field secretary off and on between 1961 and 1965, first in southwest Georgia and then in northern Mississippi. After SNCC, he went to Kentucky on assignment by the Southern Conference Educational Fund.

For 45 years Rubin has worked in the labor movement as an organizer, media and public relations specialist, speechwriter, publications editor and political advocate. He served four terms on the Takoma Park, Maryland city council. Until recently, he was the communications director and DC-area political director for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, an affiliate of the Carpenters union.

"Don't shy away from race and institutionalized racism, as these remain real forces in today's world. We must organize within our communities as the struggle continues," Rubin urged the gathering. He drew a parallel between the issues of the '60s and current activity. The powerful discussion that followed involved sharing of similar Mississippi experiences of those in attendance. Obvious themes included huge disparities that limit options and opportunities for working families. Rubin guided the discussion by validating causes that bring peace to a troubled world.

Discussion also focused on the struggle to get Malloy re-elected and to pass Question 1 to allow a constitutional amendment so the state legislature could enact measures for early voting. Throughout the evening the leitmotif repeated: "Organize Organize Organize!"

Connecticut has become a battleground state in the upcoming gubernatorial election as incumbent Democratic governor Dannel P. Malloy faces stiff opposition from Greenwich millionaire Tom Foley. The race is neck and neck and parallels a similarly tight race with Malloy beating Foley four years ago by a narrow margin.

With Malloy as governor, Connecticut became the first state to enact paid sick days and a $10.10 minimum wage. Home health care and home child care workers won the right to organize and have signed their first contract. Event organizer Ruth Tulin Cion introduced Larry Rubin. Win Heimer wrote it up for the People's World.[4]

Communist Field Director

Communist Party USA member Maxwell Goldman was Field Director, Dan Malloy for Governor, Jun 2010 – Nov 2010, New London, CT..

Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans

Dannel Malloy, Win Heimer

In December 2014, Malloy, met with leaders of the Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans were Joelle Fishman, Win Heimer, Bette Marafino, Ray Marafino, Mary Elia, Denise Lynch and Kevin M. Lynch in West Hartford, Connecticut. [5]

ARA endorsement

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Dannel Malloy in 2014.[6]

Secret Meeting/Progressive Agenda

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held a closed-door meeting at his mayoral residence on April 2, 2015, to create the Progressive version of the 1994 Republican “Contract with America.” De Blasio called his update the “Progressive Agenda” and its stated purpose was to address “income inequality” in the U.S. A dozen far-left leaders attended the closed-door meeting, including George Soros’ son Jonathan Soros. Jonathan claims to support removing money from politics, yet hypocritically serves on several boards at the Open Society Foundation (OSF). OSF has given more than $550 million to liberal organizations. Other liberal leaders at the April 2 meeting were Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, “disgraced” former Obama advisor and 9/11 Truther Van Jones, Marian Wright Edelman, and liberal economist Joseph Stiglitz. In an April 6 interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, de Blasio confirmed that key elements of the Progressive Agenda included: a progressive tax (driven by the Buffett Rule -- which argues that wealthier individuals should have to pay higher taxes), universal free pre-kindergarten, and a $15 minimum wage. De Blasio said the full Agenda would be unveiled at the May 12 event in Washington, D.C. [7]

According to Rolling Stone, other attendees included Sherrod Brown, the populist senator from Ohio, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. The novelist Toni Morrison showed up, delighting de Blasio and McCray. Other attendees included Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva, chair of the House Progressive Caucus.][8]

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