Much was made of the bipartisan spirit with which Connecticut legislative leaders announced the formation of the special task force charged with coming up with legislation to deal with post-Newtown issues. It seems that spirit has given way to politics as usual, as several lawmakers tell The Hanging Shad.
Gov. Dannel Malloy is taking heat after throwing up his hands and telling the Journal Inquirer of Manchester that he is no longer waiting for the task force and he is proposing his own legislation. He did just that last Thursday.
It certainly didn’t help that Malloy channeled his inner control freak when saying he was going solo on a post-Newtown legislative package. But according to lawmakers deeply involved with the task force, Malloy may in fact be right.
Democrats on the task say it’s becoming clearer that Republicans want it both ways—they want to be able to say they voted for some measures on gun violence, mental health, and school security under the cover of “bipartisanship” but also want a minimalist bill. That way, they can go back to their conservative constituencies and say they still protected the Second Amendment. They would also then be free to vote against strong measures in the future such as those that may come out of the commission the governor formed to look at the same issues.