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.”

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Keith M. PhaneufState Budget Reporter

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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