Does Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy Have Any Moxie?

John C. Rankin (April 25, 2011)

To watch Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D) in action, words like moxie, vigor, verve and aggressiveness seem appropriate.

This was evident in his debating style during the 2010 campaign. And after taking office in January, Malloy hosted 17 public meetings across the state seeking input from the citizenry. In the process, he repeatedly expressed his interest in any and all ideas on how to address the 3.7 billion dollar deficit, to simplify government and make the state business friendly. In the honest contest of political ideas, his metamessage was “bring it on.”

After this process, Malloy has now reached a “compromise” with the finance and appropriation committees of the Democratically controlled legislature. The result is a looming 1.5-2.0 billion dollar increase in taxes. There are still outstanding issues concerning public union “concessions,” and the question of the state’s balanced budget law.

In January, I contacted the Governor’s office and went through ten rounds seeking to set up a brief 15-minute meeting with him. My initial inquiry was succinct: “Dear Governor Malloy: If needless redundancies in state law could be cut by 99 percent, and set the economy on fire for every sector of the state, would you be interested? I have a serious ‘pre-partisan’ proposal in this respect, and would love to meet with you.”

My proposal can be seen at, at both the national and state levels. The Governor was given this link, and at his office’s request, I also mailed him a hard copy. These ten rounds lasted three months, and the final answer: “ … we will have to decline your request to meet with Governor Malloy.”

Now my proposal is bold, but also most substantial and its ethics are well tested. Thus, how seriously should I take the Governor when he cannot even risk 15-minutes in accord with the moxie of his public persona?