Malloy says Rowland apologized for attack in magazine

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and former Gov. John G. Rowland apparently have buried the hatchet, at least publicly.

Malloy told reporters after Friday’s State Bond Commission meeting that Rowland, who now works as a talk show host for WTIC 1080 AM in Farmington, called Thursday to apologize for calling him a “pathological liar” in an interview with the American Spectator.

“The governor was kind enough to call me with – what I felt, what I take to be – a heartfelt apology,” Malloy said Friday, declining to discuss the exchange further. “My conversation with Governor Rowland was a private one.”

Rowland could not be reached for comment immediately after Friday’s meeting.

The former governor, a Republican, frequently has criticized Malloy, a Democrat, during his radio program, particularly over the new governor’s fiscal policies.

But the latest comment sparked a sharp response earlier this week from Roy Occhiogrosso, Malloy’s senior adviser.

“I think it’s ridiculous they’ve given him this platform,” Occhiogrosso said. “It’s more ridiculous people listen to what he says. I think he’s a fraud.”