If there is one thing candidates for office have learned in this election cycle, it’s that there really is no need to support the policies of those currently there—even if they’re in your own party.

Such was the case yesterday at a gubernatorial forum at the University of Connecticut law school in Hartford. One of the frontrunners in the polls, Dan Malloy, criticized the practice of “securitization”—selling off future revenue streams for money up front. It’s a practice employed in the current two-year budget supported by Democrats, although they all say they’d rather not have to do it.

Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman went a bit further, saying that it’s “stealing money.” Glassman, a UConn law school graduate, called for investment, not financial reductions in high education.

The other Democratic frontrunner in the polls, businessman Ned Lamont, did not participate.

The candidates were introduced by UConn president Michael Hogan who, according to those on hand, mispronounced the names of Republicans Mark Boughton, Nelson “Oz” Griebel, and journalist Keith Phaneuf, who was one of the questioners. One hopes UConn law students will have prepared better for their exams.

But Hogan’s lack of preparation is not without precedent. In 2006, in a debate between Malloy and eventual-nominee John DeStefano, an executive with The Day of New London newspaper (a debate sponsor) called the longtime mayor of New Haven John “dee-steh-FAN-oh.”

The Shad says if your institution is sponsoring a debate for those who wish to run the state for the next four years, take 10 minutes and learn how to pronounce their names.


Republican candidate for US Senate Linda McMahon continues her TV ad blitz in advance of next month’s convention. Her latest ad features her “jobs plan” because, she says, “it’s time to get Connecticut working again.” The Shad wonders whether those workers who were part of McMahon’s “restructuring” in January of 2009 are “working again.”

It was then that the WWE,based in Stamford and of which McMahon was CEO, laid off 10% of its workforce, saving the company $8 million. It’s hard to swallow McMahon’s vague and ambiguous “jobs plan” when her company’s history includes laying off workers.

Combine that with the company’s creative use of the state’s tax credits and you have a very shaky plan indeed.