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Malloy fights back tears discussing Sandy Hook

Published 11:40 am, Friday, December 13, 2013
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HARTFORD -- An emotional Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this morning brought a news conference to a halt, fighting back tears when reporters asked him about his plans for the anniversary of the Newtown school shootings.

Haltingly and without revealing his actual plans, the governor said he would attend a Roman Catholic mass in Newtown, then perform some community service for an organization he declined to name.

"I'm doing my best to be respectful of the community," Malloy finally said, before ending the meeting with reporters in the Legislative Office Building.

St. Rose of Lima is the only Catholic church in the town. "I will enter and exit very rapidly," he said. "I will not be handling questions. It's not a press event. I will be volunteering some time at a not-for-profit agency in keeping with what I've asked the rest of the citizens to do. I'm otherwise going to treat this day¦"

His voice trailed off, he looked down for about 20 seconds. "You know I'm trying to ah¦" and he was silent for another 15 seconds, finally looking up, red-eyed.

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