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Michelle Obama Rallies Support For Malloy In New Haven

Ebong Udoma

First Lady Michelle Obama rallied the Democratic Party faithful in Connecticut on Thursday, urging voters to help re-elect Governor Dannel Malloy and calling him an "instrumental partner" to her husband.

Obama was treated like a rock star with screams and cheers as she appeared on stage with Malloy in front of a crowd of more than 2,400 at Wilbur Cross High School. But her speech was interrupted several times by some Dreamers - undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children - heckling her about immigration reform. That prompted this response from the first lady.

But remember this you cannot yell in the audience unless you are going to vote. You gotta vote…every single issue that you care about whether its schools or jobs or Dreamers or neighborhoods, so many of those decisions are made by your governor,” she said.

Obama praised Malloy for supporting stronger gun laws, a higher minimum wage, mandatory paid sick leave, and increased funding for public education. She urged the crowd to work hard to re-elect Malloy.

President Obama is expected in Bridgeport on Sunday to help rally support for Malloy. Four years ago Democrat Malloy squeaked a win over Republican Tom Foley by 6,400 votes after the president appeared for him in Bridgeport two days before the election.

Malloy is again in close race with Foley. A Quinnipiac University poll released this week shows the two in a dead heat.   

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.
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