Gov. Dannel Malloy, a usually measured politician who is typically careful with his words, was as blunt as he has ever been in public, labeling US Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), “an idiot.” The candid (and in The Shad’s view accurate) characterization of the Tea Party darling came in an interview Malloy gave on CNN this morning. Malloy was answering a question from anchor Christine Romans about Paul’s criticism of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Malloy was appearing to talk about the challenges Connecticut faces in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. The Shad happened to be watching the live interview and after picking my jaw off the floor and was thinking how refreshing it was him to be so forthright. The difference between Malloy’s straightforward words and the routinely frank New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is that Malloy’s were honest and came from the heart. Christie’s often seem contrived—being outspoken for the sake of being outspoken (“…get the hell off the Beach in Asbury Park and get out. You’re done. It’s 4:30 PM. You’ve maximized your tan. Get off the beach…,” etc.).