Cites Internal Numbers Showing 3% Gap
Dan Malloy, appearing at the annual Italian Festival in Enfield tonight, defended his recent advertisement attacking John DeStefano's statements on women's health care, and claimed that internal numbers show him rapidly gaining ground on his rival.
The Malloy campaign has drawn some notice for its recent television ad depicting John DeStefano's head superimposed on the bodies of several women, while attacking statements he made regarding coverage of mammograms and hospital stays after birth in his universal health care plan. Malloy asserted that DeStefano had, in fact, gone negative first with a campaign flier just after the debate, and said that, in response to attacks, "Either you [go negative] and risk losing, or don't and definitely lose."
"It's a good ad... and [DeStefano] is going to spend the entire week responding to it. ...He went negative first. I'm doing what I have to do, within reason, to win this thing. It is an ad that has captured the imagination."
"I'm gonna win this thing. I don't have any doubt of that, as I stand here, that the momentum is shifting. It began shifting at that debate. ...The reality is that this thing... it's on a course that isn't going to change. You go from 20 points to 10 points to 7 points to 5 points -- our internal numbers have it at 3 points--no way it's going to stop now."
New polling will be out over the weekend that may bear out Malloy's claims.
Malloy's wife, Cathy (left), also appeared at the festival, as did campaign staff for Gov. Jodi Rell. Cathy was perhaps a bit stressed out, but very friendly and intense nonetheless.