Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, a Democrat who has struggled with low approval ratings throughout his two terms in office, won’t run for reelection in 2018, a Democratic source confirms.
The Hartford Courant first reported the decision.
Malloy, who is currently the chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, has faced a slumping economy in Southern New England, but also led a push for gun control after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, raised the state’s minimum wage above $10 and emerged as a fierce critic of President Donald Trump.
Malloy twice defied GOP waves to win election, defeating Republican businessman Tom Foley in 2010 and again in 2014.
One Democrat, Middletown Mayor Dan Drew, has already announced a gubernatorial bid. State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr., the son of the former Massachusetts senator, is also considering a run. Comptroller Kevin Lembo is another potential candidate.
Republicans will look to capitalize on Malloy’s low approval rating, which has hovered below 30 percent, to seize the governorship. Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and state Rep. Prasad Srinivasan have already announced bids, while former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker, attorney Peter Lumaj and businessman Steve Obsitnik are also looking at running.