Editorial: For Malloy

A lot of mud has been thrown in this gubernatorial race, but one thing is clear. Gov. Dannel Malloy continues to be the best person for the job.

His performance has not been without deserved criticism, but things are getting better thanks to the leadership of Mr. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.

We have all witnessed the terrible crises of the past four years, from the impact of Superstorm Sandy to the unfathomable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Every time, Mr. Malloy has been the steady leader we’ve needed. With more work ahead to lift the state’s economy, he and Ms. Wyman deserve the chance to continue.

Mr. Malloy’s response to the massacre in Newtown revealed his true character. While other politicians in this country ran away, lest they be criticized by the NRA, Mr. Malloy was the leader of a Connecticut delegation that stood tall. The result? The needed reform of our gun laws was done — not in a rushed, emotional way — but through bipartisan work and careful design that has withstood court challenges and made Connecticut a safer state.

He also led the way in creating a health care exchange that is the model of the nation, making what were good policies in Connecticut even better. And while economic development remains a serious challenge, jobs are coming back and the economy is finally getting some traction. Clearly, more must be done, but Mr. Malloy has us on the right path.

Republican challenger Tom Foley has certainly not held back when it comes to venting his many discontents during this campaign. Unfortunately, just as he was four years ago, he is light on specifics. He has told us a lot about why we shouldn’t elect Dan Malloy again, but along the way he forgot to mention why we should elect him instead.

Connecticut Republicans brought this upon themselves. They had the chance to nominate state Sen. John McKinney, a candidate of substance and vision as well as a proven legislator. But just as in the twin disasters of Linda McMahon candidacies, the GOP went for the big money and made the wrong choice. Mr. McKinney would have been a viable alternative to Mr. Malloy. Mr. Foley is not.

The choice in 2014 is as clear as it was in 2010. Dannel Malloy deserves to lead this state into better times ahead.