The only mention I could find of last night's "conversation" between Malloy and DeStefano in Chester was in today's Stamford Advocate. I suppose it's a bit too early for most papers to be covering the governor's race.
The article portrays DeStefano as a more intense version of Malloy, but takes great pains to emphasize their similarities. An example:
Each man has spent the past decade running one of Connecticut's largest cities. Each has won re-election several times, easily defeating the opposition, when there was any. And each has a wife named Cathy. Well, almost. Dannel Malloy's spouse spells her name that way. John DeStefano's wife uses a "K."
...They agreed that Gov. M. Jodi Rell, whom they repeatedly linked to her disgraced predecessor, had no plan to change the tax system. Both said that job retention and growth depend heavily on improving transportation and education, where they again said Rell was not doing enough.
...Malloy, the Stamford mayor, and DeStefano, New Haven's mayor, took turns sharing similar visions for Connecticut's future. (Dalena)
There's been a lot of talk lately labelling DeStefano the "liberal" or "progressive" candidate and Malloy the "centrist" or "pro-business" candidate. Dalena, whose coverage of the Naugatuck mayoral race I found to be very insightful, doesn't draw this distinction at all. Some of the few differences he mentions:
DeStefano advocated investing in economic sectors where Connecticut already leads, such as fuel cell technology, pharmaceutical research, insurance and financial services. Malloy said he would align state spending on education toward areas that had the best chance of producing good jobs.
After Malloy said that if elected he would minimize the state's reliance on property taxes over the course of several legislative sessions and several years, DeStefano said he would not wait.
Malloy said he would hire a diverse set of commissioners without regard to political party, while DeStefano said he would hire people unafraid to challenge him who were actually experts in their fields, not learning the job on the state's time. (Dalena)
...That's it? Those are the differences?
Okay, it's early. Okay, it was just a candidate forum, not a debate. But supposedly these two men have very different aims and appeal to very different constituencies within the Democratic Party (the Lieberman wing vs. the Dean wing). Why not stress that?
I'll listen to Colin McEnroe (who moderated) this afternoon to see if I can get a few more insights. I imagine that as the campaigns unfold, the differences will become sharper. ...Right?
Dalena, Doug. "Tale of two mayors vying for top state post." Stamford Advocate 1 June, 2005.