New administration, new routines.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy still turns heads just by standing in line in the Legislative Office Building cafeteria, fetching his mid-morning coffee. A WTNH cameraman spotted Malloy today, and started recording the visit.

The governor made the rounds in the cafe, introducing himself to some employees and bantering with those he’s known for years. He inquired of one lobbyist about a child’s health problems. He teased another who was meeting with a client.

It was a totally casual scene, other than the loose cordon of plainclothes state troopers and uniformed Capitol police, who kept an eye from a distance.

One lobbyist smiled after the governor left and said, “Well, that was different.”

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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