Forced to defend Failed Governor Dan Malloy’s record of pushing job-killing tax hikes in Connecticut, perennial candidate Ned Lamont is desperately trying to mislead voters. At a speech on Friday, in front of his big labor backers at Connecticut’s AFL-CIO, Lamont falsely claimed that the departure of General Electric in 2016 was not due to Malloy’s failed policies, asserting they “didn’t leave [Connecticut] because taxes were too high.”
But Lamont’s claim doesn’t match reality. In 2015, GE blasted Malloy’s proposed $1.2 billion business tax hikes, calling them “truly discouraging” while stating it would have to “seriously consider whether it makes any sense to continue” to remain in Connecticut. Six months later, GE announced it would leave the state and relocate to Boston, taking jobs from Connecticut. Since then, other companies like Alexion Pharmaceuticals have also fled the state for friendlier business climates.
In his eagerness to defend Malloy’s failed record as governor, Lamont has shown that he will go to great lengths to try and mislead Connecticut voters. With his record of enabling Malloy and distorting the truth to push his agenda, Lamont has made it clear that he cannot be trusted to lead.