Asked what percentage of votes he expects to win in New Haven in a gubernatorial primary against DeStefano, he replied, "I think Marty Looney is my target. Forty-three." (Bass)
Actually, that number wouldn't surprise me. From what I understand about New Haven politics, because the city is so heavily Democratic, Democrats are their own opposition party. There's a pro-mayor faction and an anti-mayor faction. Anti-DeStefano Democrats will vote against him. It may not be 43%, but it'll be more than 25%. Absolutely.
You and DeStefano have taken money from people who do business with your cities.
But how are you going to get ahead of Rell if you continue to take money from people who do business with you? How can the voters look at that and say, “This guy’s going to change the system”?
You know what? It’s going to be very interesting when you answer my question about where the governor is raising her money from. Did she have a fund-raiser the night of the vote?
And that’s so different?
Can you win by not being different from her on this issue? You don’t think the Democrats should have claimed this issue before she did?
I did. I said let’s have a whole new set of rules. I said I would return contributions on a pro rata basis. I said it in the press. And let’s have instantaneous statewide [publicly financed elections]. I said, “Let’s do it immediately.” And if I was governor, I would veto any bill that didn’t do that. I’m not saying that [just] today. I said that in July, when there were people in the legislature who wanted to do that. (Bass)
He doesn't really answer the question. Why not do what Rell is (theoretically) doing, except do it better? Do it right?
What Malloy probably doesn't want to say is that if he did that, he'd get creamed by DeStefano, who has no intention of doing any such thing.
The rest of the interview is worth reading. Malloy seems very... defensive.
Bass, Paul. "Dannel Does New Haven." New Haven Independent 13 December, 2005.