FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he will continue with an ambitious agenda in the next four years as he held a press conference Wednesday after his election victory Tuesday over Republican Tom Foley.
"Election are about the future. We spent some time talking abut the last four years, but I'm really revved up about the next four years," Malloy said, adding he has plans in place for his next administration.
"We will have, I can assure you, a full legislative agenda ready to go by Jan. 7. I don't sit around a whole lot,'' he said. "I have things I want to get done, and I know the state needs to get done."
In a hint of the bitterness of the campaign between the two men, he called Foley's concession telephone call to him "appropriate" when he asked about the tone of the 12:30 p.m. discussion with the Republican businessman from Greenwich.
"I didn't have my graciousness meter with me," said Malloy, a former longtime Stamford mayor. "It was an appropriate phone call where he expressed he looked at the numbers and he came to the conclusion he should call me."
In an election that saw Democrats get hammered nationally, with some candidates distancing themselves from President Barack Obama in the days leading up to the election, Malloy said he stands with Obama and was honored that the president visited Bridgeport on Sunday for a campaign rally.
"I wasn't running (from the president). I'm honored. He could have come in four times as far as I was concerned," Malloy said.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). who also spoke at the press conference, praised Malloy for this style of leadership and said he hopes Connecticut's political style will be copied in Washington.
"I hope the Connecticut sanity and rationality demonstrated yesterday will echo in Washington and show my colleagues that there are rewards for common sense and sensible solution particularly in the area of gun violence. The nation must move forward," Blumenthal said.
Malloy, who won by a narrow 6,400 votes in 2010, was quick to point out that he did better this time around.
"I have a majority of the votes, and I didn't have that four years ago."
He said he was concerned that some polling stations weren't open at 6 a.m. and that voters who tried to register by 8 p.m. were turned away even though they had stood in line for hours.
"You can't turn people away from voting who have stood in line for two hours," Malloy said.
In response to a question about how things might be different in the next four years, a relaxed Malloy cracked a joke.
“I will probably wear more jeans," he said. “You might even see me in sneakers some times."
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