Governor Malloy to receive JFK Profile in Courage Award

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HARTFORD — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has been named the recipient of this year’s John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his support of the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the United States after the Paris attacks.

“This is very moving,” said Malloy. “It’s really very special.”

Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, on Monday credited Malloy with taking “a stand against the hateful, xenophobic rhetoric” when some governors and presidential candidates sought a ban on Syrian refugees. He says the Democratic governor could have chosen the politically expedient course and remained silent on the issue.

Governor Malloy meets with a Syrian refugee family in November 2015, and shakes hands with their son, named Ayham. Credit: Nadine Koobatian

Governor Malloy meets with a Syrian refugee family in November 2015, and shakes hands with their son, named Ayham. Credit: Nadine Koobatian

Malloy also personally welcomed to Connecticut a Syrian family that had been turned away from Indiana.

“It is the right thing, the humane thing to do,” Malloy said during a press conference in November. “Quite frankly, if you believe in God, the morally correct thing to do.”

The award will be presented by Jack Schlossberg, President Kennedy’s grandson, at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on May 1. Schlossberg is one of 14-members on the Courage Award Committee, which selects recipients. Former Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd is also a member.

Former Connecticut Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. received the award in 1992 for ushering in the personal income tax.

Other past recipients include U.S. President George H.W. Bush, former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and Senator John McCain.