"Those of us who live in New Haven know community-based policing no longer exists in New Haven," said Daniels. ...
Daniels continued, "Education is a patronage source here in the city of New Haven. As a result, our test scores are low, truancy in our schools is high, absenteeism is high. The drop-out rate is above the national average. All because there is no sense of the value of education."
By contrast, Daniels described Stamford as a land of clean government, improving schools, new jobs, and model community policing -- not to mention a Triple-A bond rating, compared to New Haven's recently lowered rating. (Bass)
Of course, all of those things were actually much worse when Daniels was mayor, but that's beside the point.
This isn't Malloy's first trip to New Haven. In December, he said he could win 43% of New Haven's vote, and has been courting anti-DeStefano Democrats ever since.
He may be wasting his time. It's unclear how much sway the anti-DeStefano crowd has in New Haven, but their support for Malloy won't change either the convention or the primary a whole heck of a lot. Also, Daniels's trashing of his own city seems petty and whiny. How many New Haven Democrats can he really carry with him to Malloy's column, after that?
Also, it isn't hard to find discontented Democrats in a city that has basically one effective party. Democrats are their own opposition, and the real contests happen on primary day. If Malloy can get the endorsement of Brookfield Republicans, then I'll be impressed.
Bass, Paul. "Daniels Decries State of City." New Haven Independent 23 January, 2006.