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.

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