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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Malloy, DeStefano bloodbath

(due to new video footage, this post has been bumped to the top)

Oh, this primary battle between Dan Malloy and John DeStefano is getting ugly.

It seems like these two have been at each others throats for the last week taking shots at each other whenever they get a chance.

Hmm, I think convention time is around the corner.

On Tuesday, both Democratic candidates debated each other in front of a Latino audience in Hartford recently and it was something to see.
The two Democratic mayors running for governor clashed Tuesday night over their records of promoting and serving Latinos in their very different cities.

In a debate before a Latino audience in Hartford, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. ridiculed the Latino hiring record of his rival, Stamford Mayor Dannel P. Malloy.

DeStefano said 500 Latinos are employed by the city of New Haven, compared with only 100 in Stamford. And, he added, his police chief and two former chiefs of staff are Hispanic.

"Let me tell you what I have done, not what I would do," DeStefano said.

Malloy immediately jabbed back, blaming DeStefano's opposition for recently costing Jorge Perez his position as president of the New Haven Board of Aldermen. Malloy said he has been endorsed by Jorge Perez and other ranking Latinos, including Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez.

"There is a way to demonstrate fidelity with the Latino community, and I happen to think that when Jorge Perez was not elected as the head of the aldermanic board in New Haven, it was a huge breach of trust, not just in New Haven, but on a statewide basis," Malloy said.

DeStefano replied he preferred to recite his record of hiring Latinos, not dropping Hispanic names.
Ouch, these guys aren't holding back any punches and things are going to continue to go downhill as the convention approaches.

What's that you say? You miss the debate on Tuesday night? Well, don't worry, ConnecticutBLOG has the video footage of these two Democrats going at each other and the video will be posted later tonight.

Somewhere, Gov. Rell is just grinning.

Here is the video highlights from Tuesday night's debate:

UPDATE 2: I heard that the video is not playing well so I'm taking the footage down for now. I'll repost the video once I find out what's going on. My bad.