Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) was officially voted in as the new chair of the Democratic Governors Association for 2016 on Monday.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) will serve as the committee’s vice chair.
In a release, the DGA touted Malloy’s work on a range of Democratic priorities including paid sick leave, the minimum wage, criminal justice reforms, equal pay, and voting rights. (release)
Malloy could, however, be an awkward fit for the group heading into the 2016 cycle. Malloy’s outspoken liberalism is somewhat at odds with conservative-leaning Democrats running for governor next year in states like Missouri, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Indiana. Malloy said in an interview with TIME earlier this year that Democrats can’t win when they run as “Republican-lite.” It will be worth watching how that ethos intersects with races in more conservative states up in 2016.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) was elected as chair of the Republican Governors Association in November.
DGA FUNDRAISING DRIVE. “[R]aising money is a primary goal for the Democrats, who are under siege in statehouses across the country.” Those efforts under Malloy started this past weekend in New York City, where the DGA held its annual winter meeting. For $250,000, donors could join “the gaggle of insiders, lobbyists and wealthy supporters at Sunday’s Jets-Giants game..[f]or donors who can’t afford sponsoring the weekend at the $250,000 level, there are options ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 — but that won’t get them seats at the Jets-Giants game.”
“After the game, Malloy and the other Democratic governors, including” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) went to “a ‘Late Night with the DGA’ party at the Diamond Horseshoe club near Times Square.” (Hartford Courant)
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