Wow, color me surprised. Thanks to all that budget drama, Dan Malloy found himself back on Connecticut’s bad side. In short, he slipped an entire step and fell to 2nd place in a national roundup of America’s worst governors.
New Haven Register reports that Malloy’s approval rating dropped to 23 percent, making him the 2nd worst nationwide. Only New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, beat him out with a delightful 18 percent approval rating.
Still, that means Malloy actually lost ground from the last national poll. As in, last July.
So, who did Dan manage to beat out for 2nd place? Somehow, he managed to make Kanasas Gov. Sam Brownback look good. The governor not only climbed the ladder, but earned a 24 percent favorability rating since last time.
Basically, this guy is a Republican clone of Malloy who tried to implement his own version of “trickle-down economics.” If you needed an illustration about who that chucklehead is: this guy punished schools by slashing their budgets, to which caused the legislature to overthrow his cuts in a historic vote.
Sound a little familiar? Yep.
So, there you have it.
A lot happened with Malloy this year. Although he tried redeeming his political reputation by jumping behind a hot mic after every national tragedy, it failed to resuscitate his career. If it made national news, Malloy proudly projected his opinion for all to hear.
True, he traded epic jabs with some of his political opponents, but no one seemed impressed by his efforts. Actually, people seemed downright tired of him using national tragedies to boost his image.
So, maybe that contributed to his ailing approval rating. Plus, no one seemed thrilled when Malloy whined and banged his fists on the table when the GOP budget landed on his desk. And then did the same thing over the bipartisan budget.
Then again, this man proves he cannot handle criticism of any kind. For example: his reaction when a radio host critiqued his likeability on air.
Plus, his ideas to fix Connecticut’s finances were… kinda horrible? No one enjoyed his ideas to place a montly surcharge on our cellphones or force municipalities to pay for teacher pensions.
Yet, despite the financial down spiral, decided it was a good idea to spend half a mil on two new statues because Connecticut honored too many white men…?
Then, Malloy had the audacity to blame Aetna for leaving Hartford.
Perhaps that explains why Malloy is next-to-last in this new national poll. No matter how often he uses national tragedies to bolster his own image on a national scale, his home state says otherwise.
Is Malloy a failure? It seems Connecticut already spoken with how it voted last election.
But as his critics regularly say, they have no problem with Dan Malloy as a person. They have an issue with Dan Malloy as the Governor of Connecticut. And, to be blunt, he’s not a very good governor.
I do wish him well when he finally leaves office and, probably, moves out of Connecticut. But, when people look at his track record and compare it to Rowland’s and Weicker’s, they might not see that much of a difference. Either way, I don’t think history will remember him fondly.
As for who happens to be America’s most popular governor? That honor goes to Charlie Baker, a Republican in a Democratic state with an astonishing 69 percent approval rating. And this guy stepped into office with the press waiting with bated breath to bash him at the first chance they could get.
Hey, Martha Coakley had the press in her back pocket.
Anyways, what lessons could Dan Malloy learn from Governor Baker to make him more likeable to his constituents? Tell me in the comments below.