Gov. Malloy pushing Connecticut’s story nationally

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is in line for at least a taste of the national spotlight as his party pushes to win back seats and keep control of the White House in 2016.

As the new chairman of the national Democratic Governors Association next year, Malloy will be tapped to campaign for Democrats across the country as part of the Democratic National Committee’s national surrogate team.

Malloy was one of the rare Democrats who won re-election last year despite pushing a liberal agenda, including a higher minimum wage. Republicans picked up governor’s offices in four Democratic-held states.

Malloy says talking about Connecticut in the context of national policy is good for the state, including the state’s prospects in Washington.