Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will address the Newtown shooting tragedy tonight at 5 p.m. in a speech televised live from his office in the State Capitol.

Until Friday morning, when his office was notified of a mass-shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, the governor’s most pressing concern was negotiating a deficit-mitigation plan to be taken up Wednesday by the legislature.

Malloy, 57, whose first term as governor has been dominated by struggles to stabilize Connecticut’s finances and revive its economy, now will take on a far different role addressing a state’s grief.

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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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