State Sen. Bob Duff will be closely watching Governor-elect Dan Malloy's political moves over the next few months. "You'll see a lot of Dan's fingerprints and what his vision is by who he appoints to various commissions and agencies," he said. "I think the next few months should be pretty exciting."
Duff, a Democrat who represents Darien and Norwalk, says he's had a good relationship with outgoing Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, with whom he's been on the same page fiscally.
But the four-term legislator says he's had a closer relationship with Malloy. "Dan is somebody who I know more personally," he said. "Knowing him as the mayor of Stamford for 14 years, I think he brings a different dynamic to the governor's office that we haven't seen for a long time."
Duff has supported both of Malloy's bids to become governor. "The reason I support him is he's from Fairfield County, I believe he's a moderate in all senses of the word, he's a fiscal moderate and he brings a lot of common sense and initiative to government," Duff said. "I think that and the Democratic legislature -- hopefully we can all row in the same direction, which is for the benefit of the people of the state. But that's not to minimalize the Republicans or any of their voices. We all have to work together, and good ideas many times are bipartisan ideas."
The senator is thinking over action for next year. "I'm looking at the federal financial reform bill and how that affects Connecticut," he said. "As the chair of the banks committee, we're going to have to do some sort of responding-type legislation that conforms us to new federal standards that are out there. We've actually been pretty aggressive over the years on reforms that we've made. But sometimes when there have been new federal laws created we have to then conform."
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