The Capitol Report panel discusses the unveiling of former Gov. Jodi Rell’s portrait.
Below is part of Hartford Courant reporter Daniela Altimari’s story about the new portrait and Rell’s return to the Capitol. Read the full story on courant.com.
HARTFORD — It had the makings of an awkward moment: Gov. M. Jodi Rell, back in Hartford Wednesday for the unveiling of her official portrait, and Dannel P. Malloy, the man who succeeded her, sitting right there in the front row.
Malloy, a Democrat, has frequently blamed the state’s fiscal woes on Rell, a Republican. But after a brief ceremony beneath the gilded ceiling of the Connecticut State Library, Malloy had only warm words for the former governor.
“She’s just an unbelievable kind and respectful and hardworking woman,” Malloy said. “Everyone governs under different circumstances and [in] different times and there are different priorities…I have the highest regard for [Rell].”