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Malloy’s last night in office is first night in new home

January 9, 2019

For Dannel P. Malloy, the last night as governor was his first night in a new house with his wife, Cathy.

The state’s first couple until midday Wednesday were traveled from the governor’s mansion — yeah, the Executive Residence — for the last time as occupants, to their new house in Essex. They had a quiet evening at home, he said, where they planned to follow coverage of President Donald Trump’s speech but not watch the speech itself.

Some things are too tough even for a guy who presided over eight years of constant fiscal crisis.

Malloy said he’d attend Ned Lamont’s swearing-in at the armory in Hartford, but not the parade or the speech before the General Assembly, and not the inaugural ball at the Connecticut Convention Center Wednesday night.

“It’s his day,” Malloy said. “I’ll go out to lunch.”

A state police security detail planned to pick up the Malloys and return them to Essex. “My driving will start Thursday,” he said.

But the second guessing won’t begin at all, said Malloy, who will teach law at Boston College, his alma mater, as a visiting professor in the upcoming semester. “I wouldn’t have changed anything.”

In that spirit, earlier in the day Tuesday he issued an open letter to Connecticut residents in which he called for the state to stop beating itself up so much.

“I am deeply optimistic about Connecticut’s future, and I urge you to nurture your optimism as

well. As I said, we are a kind and resilient people. However, we’re often too quick to criticize

ourselves and our great state - faster even than our own neighbors as we compete with them to

attract jobs and grow our local economy,” he wrote.

Then Tuesday night as we talked briefly, Malloy perhaps knowingly echoed a favorite expression of former Gov. John G. Rowland — who left office way less successfully than Malloy.

“It is what it is.”

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