Asked about former state Sen. Ernie Newton, a convicted felon, winning the Democratic Party nod in Bridgeport, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy resisted getting involved.

“It’s a local issue,” he said.

But Malloy was game to take a dig at another convicted felon who has re-entered the public spotlight after exiting prison — former Gov. John G. Rowland.

“He’s not on the radio with a radio show so ummm…” he said of Newton, a not-so-side reference to Rowland’s radio program on WTIC-AM. “The thing about a radio show is that people can decide not to listen, which surely I do.”

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

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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