SEN. LOONEY THE ONLY ‘FRIEND’ OF GOV. MALLOY

Something very subtle occurred at the signing of the bipartisan jobs legislation last week in Hartford. The bill, which invests $626 million dollars in job creation and retention, passed unanimously in the state senate and with just one against in the state House (and no, I’m not going to mention who cast the sole dissenting vote because tha’st just what he wants).

If you weren’t sensitive to such things, you wouldn’t have noticed that it was only state Senate Majority Leader Marty Looney (D-New Haven) who Malloy really wanted to single out. Malloy’s jobs bill was backed by Senate President Don Williams (D-Brooklyn), Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), House Speaker Chris Donovan (D-Meriden), Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey (D-Hamden), Minority Leader Larry Cafero (R-Norwalk) and Looney. In introducing everyone, Malloy referred to Looney as “my friend.” The others, even the Democrats, didn’t get such a personal nod.

Thinking back, only Looney, among the group of leaders present at the bill signing, supported Malloy from beginning to end in the gubernatorial race. McKinney and Cafero, the Republicans, supported Tom Foley. Williams, Donovan and Sharkey all support Ned Lamont (defying logic, I thought, even back then).

As he speeds ahead with one policy victory after another since being elected the state’s chief executive, Malloy only pretends he forgets what happened on his way to the corner office in the Capitol.