Ok, it’s little awkward for those Democrats who didn’t back Dan Malloy for governor. But it’s really awkward for Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. Not only did he back Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary, but his city ran out of ballots as Democrats were lining up Tuesday to vote for Malloy.

How awkward? You’d know if you saw him try to congratulate Malloy today after Malloy’s first press conference as governor-elect. Malloy was hugging everyone who approached him in the Old Judiciary Room at the State Capitol, then he turned and saw Finch, who had come to pay his respects.

Hizzoner got a handshake and a chilly look.

For the record, the mayors of New Haven and Hartford also backed Lamont in August, as did House Speaker Chris Donovan, D-Meriden, and Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn.

But it’s in the interest of the speaker, president pro tem and governor-elect to make it all work.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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