At a Polish Day observance, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy bent low today to greet a seated Mary Heslin, a member of the administration of Gov. William A. O’Neill in the 1980s. He didn’t quite make the same effort with Susan Bysiewicz.

Malloy and Bysiewicz were together — more or less — for the first time since Malloy endorsed Chris Murphy, her opponent for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.

Malloy was returning a favor from 2006, when Bysiewicz declined to make an endorsement after Malloy won the gubernatorial nod from the Democratic convention.

UPDATE: While a staffer initially said there was no contact between the two, a spokesman later said the governor and Bysiewicz later acknowledged each other.

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No eye contact: Susan Bysiewicz, in red, and Dannel P. Malloy.

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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