He ran as 'Dan,' but sits as Dannel
Published 1:13 pm, Saturday, January 8, 2011
HARTFORD -- Dan Malloy, the long-time Stamford mayor who worked for six years to become Connecticut governor, is now officially relegated to the ghosts of campaigns past.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday said he wants to be known by his full given name, which adorns his freshly printed business cards. And if legislative leaders want to go head-to-head with him, they might first consider the size of Malloy's noggin.
"My cards say Dannel. I insisted that we go back to my formal name as opposed to Dan. I like Dannel," he said. "I'm hopeful that more people will spell it correctly in the future. On the things that I'm sending, I like the name that my mother gave me. She was fond of it. I've become attached to it. I like Dannel."
Scott McLean, professor of political science at Quinnipiac University, said Thursday that while Malloy's insistence on a formal appellation may indicate "Dan" was a folksy, election-season marketing tool, he believes Malloy has been attached to his full name for years.
"I recall that actually for a lot longer that he's been pushing the `Dannel' thing," McLean said in a phone interview from Washington, where he was leading a contingent of students observing the new Congress.
"I remember him pushing it during the start of this campaign and even the 2006 campaign that he didn't win," McLean said. "I see the humor in it, but really, now that he's governor, who can blame him? Unofficially it is amusing, but honestly he's been trying for years to be called Dannel."
The moniker was one of several peripheral issues Thursday during Malloy's first wide-ranging news conference since taking office the day before.
When a TV reporter noticed Malloy's new, traditional high-backed leather chair, with his name and the state seal in gold stencil on the head rest, he asked whether it was a tad ostentatious in a tight fiscal period.
"Well, I need a chair and I noticed it was the only chair that was here behind the desk," Malloy said. "Listen, it's a chair. I need a chair."
Asked whether he is anticipating "bumping heads" with Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan, D-Meriden, and Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, over budget-related issues, Malloy indicated he might hurt them.
"I'm trying to think of the size of each one of those heads," Malloy said. "I'd probably win that. I have a 7¾. I don't think it's going to come to that."