Latinos question lack of CT governor Latino appointees

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By Wayne Jebian
CTLatinoNews

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While Latino Democrat leaders are likely to back Governor Dannel P. Malloy for re-election, many say more Latinos in leadership roles in the state are needed in the coming term. That was the near-consensus at a gathering of the Hispanic Democratic Caucus in Bridgeport recently.

“There are no commissionerships,” pointed out State Senator Andres Ayala (D-Bridgeport). “Deputy commissioners, yes, but I think that there’s plenty of talent inside and outside the state that would warrant having Latino commissioners as part of his cabinet.”

CTLatinoNews.com requested a list of Malloy political appointees, as well as top level Latino managers with the state from the Governors office.

We received a list of 106, two deputy commissioners and 104 Latinos serving in management positions across state agencies, as of January 6th of this year. It is not clear however, if they are civil employees or political appointees and how many were in those job positions before Malloy took office.

The two Latino Deputy Commissioners are Victor M. Diaz at the Department of Motor vehicles and Fernando Muniz at the Department of Children and Families. Gerry Garcia, Chief of Operations for the CT Department of Consumer Protection is also a Malloy appointee.

Samaia Hernandez, Malloy’s press secretary, issued the following statement upon our inquiry…

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