An hour before the the five Democratic candidates vying to become Connecticut’s next U.S. senator take the stage for another debate, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy took a dig at one of the candidates.

“You are talking about someone who is on the fringe of the fringe,” Malloy told reporters at the State Capitol Monday of Lee Whitnum of Greenwich.

Whitnum has been getting a lot of negative attention after her remarks at the last debate, where she called one of her oponents a “whore” and another “ignorant.”

“Quite frankly, [she] should not be included in these debates. She has almost no support if any,” Malloy said.

The debate begins at 1 p.m. at the University of Connecticut’s main campus, and will be broadcast live on the Hartford Courant’s website.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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