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Malloy, Jindal Bicker Outside White House

by | Feb 25, 2014 6:30am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
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Screengrab from C-Span It only took a few hours before Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo was using C-Span footage of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy calling Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s comments about raising the minimum wage “insane” in a fundraising email.

“You have to watch this,” DiNardo wrote in the email. “Governor Malloy couldn’t stand listening to Governor Jindal’s outrageous GOP rhetoric at a non-partisan press conference for the National Governor’s Association.”

The fundraising email asks for $4 or $44 and goes on say “Jindal claimed that raising the minimum wage is like waving a white flag of surrender. What did our governor do? He stepped up to the microphones and said ‘that’s the most insane thing I’ve ever heard.’”

At the press conference following a weekend of meetings with the nation’s governors and the Obama administration, Jindal, who has been mentioned as a presidential contender, said the president “seems to be waving the white flag of surrender” on the economy by focusing on raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10, up from $7.25. “The Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy. I think we can do better than that,” Jindal said.

That’s when Malloy stepped in and took over the microphone.

“Wait a second, until a few moments ago we were going down a pretty cooperative road,” Malloy said. “So let me just say that we don’t all agree that moving Canadian oil through the United States is necessarily the best thing for the United States economy.”

Malloy said Jindal’s “white flag statement” was the most partisan statement he heard over the past weekend and he believes many governors support a minimum wage increase.

“What the heck was a reference to white flag when it comes to people making $404 a week?” Malloy said. “I mean, that’s the most insane statement I’ve ever heard.”

As if it was a school yard brawl, Jindal did not back down. He said if that was the most partisan statement Malloy has heard all weekend then he wants to make sure Malloy hears an even more partisan statements.

“I think we could also grow the economy more if we delay more of these Obamacare mandates,” Jindal said as Malloy walked away.

Prior to the press conference, the White House released a transcript of remarks Obama made to the group in closing the three-day conference.

“I’m committed to making sure that every single member of my Cabinet, every single person in the White House, every single member of my team will be responsive to you,” Obama told the governors. “We won’t agree on every single issue every single time, but I guarantee you that we will work as hard as we can to make sure that you succeed — because when you succeed, the people in your states succeed and America succeeds, and that’s our goal.”

But Obama acknowledged that partisanship and politics is just below the surface.

“I enjoyed watching some of you with your eyes on higher office size up the drapes — (laughter) — and each other,” Obama told the group of governors.

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posted by: CitizenCT | February 25, 2014  7:20am

Wasn’t Malloy against a minimum wage increase when he took office?  What’s the difference now?  Oh, it’s an election year, he needs to buy votes.

posted by: William Wallace | February 25, 2014  7:35am

The face of Connecticut - Arrogant, abrasive . . . the poster boy of ultra liberal let me spend your money politics who displays not even a basic knowledge of what this type of crusade would do to this failing economic scenario.

Malloy gets re elected here in Connecticut ??? If it happens, the GOP should bury their heads in the sand.

posted by: [email protected] | February 25, 2014  8:08am

If Mr. Malloy thinks raising the minimum wage is a good thing for our economy, it just shows how out of touch he is. This is a pyramid, if you raise the wages for the lower income, lower skilled labor, everybody in the higher income, higher skilled areas are going to get raises that off-set the minimum wage hike. Mr. Malloy is pandering to his voting constituents who what something for nothing. Obama is taking care of the low wage, low skilled labor for the same reason, except he is ignoring the segment of our society (military) who are putting their lives on the lines at times, and earning less than minimum wage in many cases.

posted by: jim black | February 25, 2014  9:26am

Gov. Jindal is correct.

posted by: ConnVoter | February 25, 2014  10:05am

According to the CBO, the headline of this story should read, “Gov. Malloy thinks it’s insane to oppose losing 500,000 jobs.”


posted by: GBear423 | February 25, 2014  10:42am


Compare Louisiana to Connecticut in where they were before these Governors and are now, I think we can see who is the better Executive.

posted by: dano860 | February 25, 2014  10:44am

“Raising the minimum wage,” is this elections replacement for “,War on women,” mantra. They need to take everyone’s eye off the issues that have gotten us in the latest predicament we are in. Yes it is an attempt at buying votes, that’s why I say we need to hike it to $15.00 per hour. Then we get them out of poverty level earnings and into tax paying levels.
Dannel shouldn’t worry about Canadian oil and a pipeline that will bring 42,00 jobs to the country. He needs to worry about the cuts to the military. Congressman Joe Courtney has said he expects the BRAC commission to Connecticut and cut jobs. Sikorsky is cutting 600 and is possibly on the chopping block for UTC. P&W will be affected with the new calls for the reductions on the F-35 fighter program. Electric Boat and the submarine economy will be drastically affected. Military cuts will also hit General Electric that maintains their home office in Ct.
Read the op-ed article in the Hartford Courant 2-23-14 written by James C. Smith, CEO of Webster Bank,
As our spending increases and our revenues decrease things don’t appear to be improving….but Dannel does want that move to D.C. doesn’t he? Maybe higher wages will provide more revenue, if there are any jobs left.
Jindal’s rhetoric was not new, he has been espousing those sentiments for some time now.
Time to call BDO!

posted by: GBear423 | February 25, 2014  10:48am


...and they are slashing the Pentagon Budget where they are holding Military pay to 1% increase. How can this Administration campaign to raise a burger flipper’s wages higher than he will a Soldier’s?

posted by: gutbomb86 | February 25, 2014  12:28pm


yeah, the only arrogant and abrasive poster boys here are the commenters who have nothing better to do than to try to fulfill a ridiculous rightwing agenda by posting their nonsense on the Internet.

Jindal has been doing nothing these last few weeks but dumping a lot of lame, inaccurate criticisms on the Obama administration in televised interviews because he is positioning himself for what is likely to be an embarrassing failure of a presidential run in 2016. He tried to *use* that press conference to further his own personal agenda and Malloy very quickly and directly slapped some sense into the conversation. Wake up.

posted by: dano860 | February 25, 2014  2:41pm

Without a doubt they both were auditioning for something.
Jindal’s was “,Hey America look at me.”  Dannel’s was “,Hey Barry look at me.”

posted by: Joebigjoe | February 25, 2014  3:56pm

GutBomb before you continue your name calling and attacks would you please respond to Gbears question?

I think its a hell of a question.

posted by: Wiley Coyote | February 25, 2014  6:42pm

GBear423: “slashing the Pentagons budget…” be serious, our military budget is outrageous! More than the top 15 countries combined. Also it was a partisan vote to cut military pay. I’m proud of my Govenor for stepping up. If it was Gov. Chrisite all you negative nelly’s would be in live espousing how “tough” he is and takes no crap.  Realize that these politicians are using you and lying to you.  Even if you hate Malloy, your guys, Jindal included are lying to you and u don’t even realize it!

posted by: ocoandasoc | February 25, 2014  7:08pm

I could explain Jindal’s comments to Governor Malloy, but I know he actually understood them. In an election year, however, misconstruing the Louisiana governor’s comments was an opportunity to make some points with the CT electorate. And then a nice segue into the nearly unrelated pipeline controversy. Malloy knows that “pipeline” has always been a dirty word in Connecticut, which is why, of course, that folks in the Nutmeg State are willing to endure such high energy costs.  Plus the pipeline might create 30 or 40,000 new jobs, but none of them will be in Connecticut.
Malloy is an intelligent, personable guy, but he is a politician with a capital “P.”  I like him, though. I really do. I just like him a lot more when he’s not running for State-wide office.

posted by: art vandelay | February 25, 2014  9:43pm

art vandelay

When Obama finally makes the US a satellite nation of the USSR like Cuba is, I’ll gladly pay for your ticket to lead the annual May Day Parade in Red Square.

posted by: Joebigjoe | February 26, 2014  8:38am

Wiley Coyote, did an anvil fall on your head?

You said:

“GBear423: “slashing the Pentagons budget…” be serious, our military budget is outrageous! More than the top 15 countries combined. Also it was a partisan vote to cut military pay.”

First of all we spend more because that’s what makes us free and we are protecting other nations from being overrun by nut jobs like in North Korea.

Its the 600 jobs of hard working skilled people at Sikorsky, so more money can be put into these quasi public agencies that suck the treasurys dry for social engineering.

As for pay cuts, those were for generals and admirals and similar.

You want to take money out of the mouth of the guy or girl who is away from their family getting shot at by the Taliban and having shrapnel change their lives forever and give it to the loser who is home watching Jerry Springer type TV and doing nothing for this country?

Sure you do. The day people like you stop giving aid and comfort to the enemy within our own borders is the day this country will finally turn the corner.

posted by: gutbomb86 | February 26, 2014  11:42am


As usual, the conservatives in this thread display paranoid psychosis about long vanquished enemies and the impossibility that a country like North Korea could ever conceive of an invasion here. Also, a they’re offering a complete lack of understanding of our spending with respect to defense, what it actually accomplishes outside of B.S. slogans about “freedom.” Pretty pathetic, but very much what we’ve come to expect from this right-wing peanut gallery.

posted by: Joebigjoe | February 26, 2014  11:56am

Gutbomb stop the ignorance please. Seriously please stop,

No one thinks we are going to get invaded by North Korea. They wont hesitate to destroy South Korea though. You think that’s a good thing?

By the way I’m not saying we shouldnt cut defense. I think there is enough waste to do that the right way.

I just want to vomit when progressives like you want to take that waste and make it easier for freeloaders to live off the government. I think it’s disgusting that my tax dollars should go to waste in the military but also to give someone else a life choice on my dime so they can go and find their dream and maybe go be a sculptor or an artist that depicts Jesus in urine.

posted by: GBear423 | February 26, 2014  4:23pm


I always get a chuckle from a person so brave to type insults on an internet board. I served in the Army in Iraq and when there are dfense cuts the soldiers feel them. Ammo and equip for training are harder to come by, flight hours for Aircraft and crews are cut, and NCOs and Officers begin to worry about budgets & politics instead of the Mission. Then we have their Families that are getting allowances cut. Tough enough to send a spouse to War, but then a wife gets manage bills with a COLA that is 2% less than the COL!! You think soldiers are living large??  Really? ATFU REMF

posted by: gutbomb86 | February 27, 2014  12:08am


@joe - you have repeatedly demonstrated ignorance here, not me. Get a life. Get an education. Get out there an meet someone who has different color skin for once. Stop looking down your nose and dumping your b.s. vitriol on the Internet. It’s lame. Show some respect for people rather than labeling them so that you can understand them in your limited terms.

I had to go back and look for a moment because I thought maybe it was one of the other cretins, but no it was you who mentioned North Korea:

First of all we spend more because that’s what makes us free and we are protecting other nations from being overrun by nut jobs like in North Korea.

I skimmed over it, as is necessary with your comments which seldom make a lick of sense.

@Gbear - yeah I “always get a chuckle” from people who spout nonsense on the Internet as well, and have been chuckling since you tried to relate the minimum wage discussion to military pay on a story about a dust up between the two governors, one of whom has been loudly making the rounds and making partisan statements on his way to a terrible failure of a presidential campaign. He’s standing outside the president’s office trashing the guy after being in the same room with him 10 minutes prior. That’s a COWARD, and he’s lucky Malloy didn’t really just knock him out. Show some respect.

So the minimum wage and military pay… OK, let’s talk about that ...

You come in here and throw out some ridiculous statement in an effort to generate sympathy for people who volunteered for the military. Get this very straight, GBear - they don’t need you or me or anyone to feel sorry for them. They are professionals and this is what they signed up for. They didn’t sign up for high wages, they signed up for the opportunity to serve their country. And one our wonderfully talented presidents sent them over to fight two simultaneous foreign wars without raising taxes a single nickel to cover the cost of any of it - not the weapons, the ammo, the gasoline or diesel or jet fuel, the communications, the food, the medical supplies, the body armor - NONE OF IT. IN FACT HE CUT TAXES! YOU’RE A BUNCH OF $%@#^#^@#^

You and Joe need to get your facts straight before you bring b.s. in here. Keep your garbage about welfare and the minimum wage and woe is me to yourselves. No one cares.

posted by: Joebigjoe | February 27, 2014  8:23am

Gutbomb I said North Korea overrunning other nations and you said North Korea invading here.

You said with regards to the military…“They are professionals and this is what they signed up for. They didn’t sign up for high wages, they signed up for the opportunity to serve their country.”

Some truth in that, but you think it’s OK to take the little wages they get and give it to non-professionals who don’t work, want food and healthcare off the backs of others, or now the new thing of working but following your dream so others can subsidize it???

Yes or no, is that OK with you? They serve our country so people like you don’t get beaten to a pulp by people like me and can say what’s on your mind either here or in person. Trust me friend, there are many more people in this country that would want to do just that to you for the vile garbage you spew here at times than there are people that would stand up and cheer for what you believe.

I am pretty much of the opinion that you were bullied as a child, and regardless of the reasons that’s very sad.

Would you like to talk about it?

posted by: GBear423 | February 27, 2014  3:33pm


Gutbomb- I do not think ol Dannel could take Bobby, but ya I would love to see malloy throw a punch. Thinkin it would be like Obama throwing a baseball, lmao.
@Joe, you are right on!

posted by: gutbomb86 | February 27, 2014  6:26pm


@joe - you’ve been a coward ever since you jumped on this site. You try to make everything into a black/white issue, despite obvious information to the contrary, and yet you cling to your rightwing b.s. - that’s intellectual cowardice, Joe. You are an intellectual coward. Nothing is ever as clear as you’d like it to be in your pathetic world where everyone needs to fit into your labels so that you can understand and interact within your comfort zone. Not to mention the repeated bigoted statements you posted here. I’m here to tell you, your comfort zone is not the reality around you. It’s a b.s. construct you’ve made for yourself so that you can sleep at night.

One day Joe you’ll need the safety net and you’ll be just as loud with your bitching and moaning as you are now.

And here you are continuing the ridiculous over-extension of the military pay vs. welfare argument. By doing so, you are USING the military, who are far more honorable than you are even at their worst moment, for your own personal partisan b.s.

Get a life. The safety net is not going away. It’s not perfect, but then again neither is the military or the clown employer that apparently allows you to spend all day posting on the Interent.

And threatening me here makes perfect sense coming from you. Internet muscles, Joe. They mean as much as the nearest pile of sh*t.

@Gbear - please do continue to try to marginalize and denigrate the president - it shows how classes you are.

posted by: SocialButterfly | February 27, 2014  6:54pm

@Gbear:  Did you mean classless - not classes.  Your description of classless sounds correct to me, but you probably voted for him.

posted by: gutbomb86 | February 27, 2014  7:11pm


@stan - I think you’re referring to my comment, rather than gbear’s. And yes, you caught a typo there, “classless” was the intended statement.

And my vote is none of your business, although you can rest assured that I pretty much always vote against anyone in particular that you and joe would support.

posted by: SocialButterfly | February 27, 2014  8:38pm

@Gutbomb86:  Thanks for the correction—but I try not to vote for classless politicians. However—no matter who we vote for to Congress—they all sell their soul’s and become “classless.”  The people you vote for—have also “sold us down the river.” None of these politicians “have any divine providence” because of their political affiliation.  We have all voted in a bunch of rulers—who play with their own rules—which excludes taking ObamaCare—,and give themselves VIP preferential treatment - which excludes the automatic politically indoctrinated voters that vote them into office. Our country is in bad shape because of bad leadership—and both Democrats and Republicans are in the mix. Don’t fight for any of these politicians, Gut—as none of them are fighting for you. Many people are now feeling that they have been sold out—by our elected servants—‘who only serve themselves.”

posted by: Joebigjoe | February 27, 2014  9:23pm

Gutbomb, you’re so cute when you get flustered and that little furrowed brow.

I guess I hit a home run with my bullying comments. We may disagree on just about everything but I am sorry that you were picked on and it made you sad and now bitter. I hope those girls that did that to you are ashamed of themselves.

posted by: gutbomb86 | February 27, 2014  9:32pm


@joe - sorry, not ceding that ground to you. Unflustered and as yet still unimpressed with anything you’ve ever posted here.

As things stand now, you’ve shown your cards as the bully, attempting to claim physical superiority of some kind in some weird, sad reality where the military exists so that “so people like you don’t get beaten to a pulp by people like me and can say what’s on your mind either here or in person”


I am pretty much of the opinion that you were bullied as a child, and regardless of the reasons that’s very sad.

What this tells me is that you’ve realized that you’re not capable of making an argument without resorting to some pretty lame physical confrontation imagery. You’re taking your ball and going home. And that’s fine. Stay there. I’ve eaten bigger lunches than the likes of you and still had room for dessert. And will continue to do so.

And by the way, complaining about military pay while your clowns in congress are doing stuff like this to hurt veterans is pretty lame and hypocritical. (CLICK on the the LINK… ok?)

posted by: JamesBronsdon | February 27, 2014  9:53pm

Is the long winter getting to everyone? you all seem a little irritable.

posted by: Joebigjoe | February 28, 2014  9:36am

Gutbomb you continue to show that you live in some kind of fantasy world.

When there are gun rights arguments here you are always on the side of trusting the government more than we should.

You said here “attempting to claim physical superiority of some kind in some weird, sad reality where the military exists so that “so people like you don’t get beaten to a pulp by people like me and can say what’s on your mind either here or in person”

I say that because that’s what happens in other countries so be happy you can do it here. Its’ called FREEDOM and people who give the government more power get less of it.

For example, I have tremendous respect and admiration for police but are you aware in your news circles that you frequent of the huge increase in the use of SWAT teams and the killings and terrorizing of innocent people in this country? You should be. That’s just one example of things not being the way you and I grew up with. Do you like those changes of more government power where you cant tell the military from the police?

What you want is to keep giving more from the tax money collected to people who dont pull their weight. To put more people in that situation, when there comes a day where people need to stand up to the government (BOTH PARTIES) these are the people that will stand with the government because the government owns them. Do you not think that the government knows that?

Do you think Harry Reid who lied through his teeth the other day about Obamacare goes to bed every night thinking about the poor? No he doesnt. Neither does John Boehner.

I do think you were bullied and that shows up in many of your posts on many of the topics. Just my opinion but you seem to make people the victims and I rarely if ever hear you say anything about how people need to get up and stand on their own two feet.

I do agree with you on cutting veterans benefits. It’s disgusting. Neither party cares but I think my party gets it right more times than the left does.

Stop giving these people power by allowing more money to flow to people that havent gotten ahead. Just look at the HUGE increase in people on Disability. Doesn’t that bother you?

Finally more whites are on welfare and other benefits in terms of overall numbers than minorities so stop the racist garbage as I’m an equal opportunity get off your butt, learn in school and stay in school type of person, so you can be productive in life and know that the min wage job you have is just a short term thing. We all started there yet some never really leave there and that’s not my fault brother.

posted by: SocialButterfly | February 28, 2014  10:47am

If Malloy and Jindall want to bicker—we can’t stop them—and our taxes are paying for it. We can’t stop their bickering—but why are “we writer’s” continue bickering among ourselves and throwing insults at each other?  Let’s stop fighting over these politicians—as neither of them is fighting for us. It’s bad enough that they have virtually conquered us - using our money to do it, but we shouldn’t let them divide us. All of us are being used and abused by our political system—so let’s stop fighting each other with insults that prove nothing -
and do not alter the bad shape our country and state are in. None of our elected are doing any of us any favors—and they all win—as long as they can conquer and divide us. WE LOSE.

posted by: Todd Peterson | February 28, 2014  2:45pm

I happen to like Bobby Jindal a great deal and I’m not put off about what he said. 

Dan Malloy’s petty rebuke is pretty much standard for him.  His lack of impulse control has dogged him for his entire term.  His extraordinarily shabby treatment of CT teachers in the State of the State address has pushed him into damage control mode now that his reelection is in jeopardy.  His blatant effort to buy their votes with his tax break for retired teachers is pathetic.

Just for the record there was a Gubernatorial forum for Democrat candidates in my hometown 3 and a half years ago.  One very good question posed by an attendee was would the canidates - five total in attendence including Dan - was would they be willing to make the hard, unpopular decisions that it would take to get up back on the rails if it meant they would be a one term governor.  Dan said he would without pause.  Only clueless Ned Lamont said no.

Contrast this with his minimum wage proposal, the teachers pension vote-buying proposal and the decision to refinance the “economic recovery” bonds that pushed hundreds of millions of dollars of interest payments out of this year to keep the deficit down.  Not exactly a profile in courage IMHO.

Our amature President’s attempt at humor is par for the course - pun very much intended…

posted by: JamesBronsdon | February 28, 2014  3:58pm

To Stan’s point, I guess I get it that when someone whacks you upside the head on this site why you might respond in kind. Certainly, I have done so. But it seems a lot of the animus comes to the fore here without any provocation. Can we not just respond to the subject matter and protagonists/antagonists in the articles - forcefully, vigorously, colorfully, sure - but without the unprovoked attacks on each other? Peace out.

posted by: GBear423 | February 28, 2014  4:04pm


Gutbomb inflamed: “complaining about military pay while your clowns in congress are doing stuff like this to hurt veterans is pretty lame and hypocritical”
Actually I compared Active Duty Pay Rates being held to 1% while Obuma and Dannel are pandering to their low information voters that its so unfair that no-skill jobs should pay a “living wage” wah wah vote for me and I keep you stupid and uninspired forever! ~ur govt nanny

posted by: gutbomb86 | February 28, 2014  4:30pm


JamesBron - occasionally the b.s. smells so bad that someone needs to open a window and let some air in. There’s a small group of people who make a lot of thinly veiled, or overtly racist comments and who simply use this site as a home for misinformation and abuse. Sometimes it’s good to whack someone upside the head when they need it and I have been happy to oblige. You’re welcome.

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