Ct. Gov. Dan Malloy (4th from left) and fellow Democratic governors meet with Vice President Joe Biden about raising the minimum wage on Feb. 21, 2014
Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor and 2016 Republican wannabe (and not in that order), made an appearance today at the National Governor's Association meeting with President Obama and as soon as the meeting was over he raced to the cameras assembled outside the White House and launched into a campaign speech, accusing President Obama of "raising the white flag" on job growth and turning America into "a minimum wage economy."
It's the kind of partisan hackery that we've come to expect from GOP presidential hopefuls, but that doesn't mean it should go unchallenged and Dan Malloy, Connecticut's Democratic governor, was up to the task.
Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy rose to challenge Jindal immediately after he spoke to reporters, calling his remarks on Obama waving a white flag “the most insane statement I’ve ever heard.”
And after the event was over, Malloy didn't walk away from his criticism:
”Here’s a guy who didn’t come to any of the meetings except this one today, and has the nerve to pull that stuff on everyone—ten feet from the West Wing,” the Connecticut governor told TIME. “He doesn’t pay his dues to the organization, he doesn’t come to the meetings of the organization, and then he wants to swing for the fences for obviously political reasons. I didn’t mind pushing back.”
Good for him.