Publication: The Day
Norwich – No question. It was, as stand-up comics are wont to say, “a tough room.”
When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy returned to southeastern Connecticut Wednesday night for another “town hall” to defend his budget, he got an earful.
Even before he took the lectern in the City Hall’s council chambers – a venue so small the fire marshal had to turn away an angry crowd – people were shouting through bullhorns from the street, “Let us in! Let us in! We want to be heard!”
True, when the governor came on, he was met with cheers and loud applause, and like any good performer, he started with a joke.
“I always have a smile on my face when I come to Norwich,” he said, “even if it’s to get yelled at.”
But that smile faded soon enough.
His first questioner was John Ondusko of Norwich, who told him, “I am president of AFSCME Local 749, representing state employees of the judicial branch. And another thing: I voted for you.
“And I am absolutely stunned that you’re trying to get $2 billion out of state employees. I’m a math guy. I ran the numbers immediately, using the 50,000 approximate state employees, working it out to $20,000 per state employee per year over the next two years,” Ondusko said. (more…)