Malloy, Wyman to help unveil portrait of Rell

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Democrats who have not been shy about faulting their predecessor Republican administration for leaving them a whopping deficit, nonetheless will help mark the unveiling of a portrait Wednesday of former Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

Look for Malloy to be nice. He is engaged in the early days of a difficult campaign — mainly by trying to be gubernatorial — and Rell left office in January 2011 as Connecticut’s most popular governor since the invention of polling.

Malloy should not have trouble finding something nice to say: Rell succeeded John G. Rowland, who was forced to resign by an impeachment inquiry and later did time on a federal corruption conviction.

The state — certainly its political world — was grateful when Rell’s move into the corner office and ended a corruption scandal that paralyzed the Capitol. She also played a leading role in campaign finance reforms, which banned state contractor donations and created public financing.