As any good Irish pol would want to do, Gov. Dannel Malloy had been set to serve as the Grand Marshal of New London St. Patrick’s Day parade. But now he’s handing over those duties to Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman so he can go back to Washington for another round of lobbying White House officials.

The governor’s office said Malloy would be attending a March 17 breakfast event at Vice President Joe Biden’s official residence, the Naval Observatory, and an evening St. Patrick’s Day reception at the White House.

“Not only are these excellent opportunities to speak with the President and Vice President personally about a number of issues we’re dealing with here in Connecticut, but I look forward to speaking with other elected colleagues of mine, and anybody else whose ear I can bend about Connecticut,” Malloy said in a statement. His staff is working to set up other meetings in Washington.

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