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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