HARTFORD -- He walks into the glass-walled conference room of the Emergency Operations Center a few minutes past 10 a.m. on June 23. The people in the room all stand, his closest aides, his lieutenant governor, the ring of commissioners and deputies sitting thigh-to-thigh in the stiff metal chairs along the walls.
Dan Malloy usually loves events like this. It's a briefing on hurricanes that the emergency department people want to do as a dry run. A projector flashes recent years' storm surge data on a drop screen, maps of the state's harbors are fixed to the white walls with magnets, and monitors show the weather radar and split screens of traffic whizzing along the highways, undeterred for now.