By SUSAN HAIGH,  Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s proven over the past three-and-a-half years to be a true friend to labor unions, accusing his chief Republican rival of “going after labor” with comments about Connecticut needing “a Wisconsin moment.”

Earlier Monday, opening day of the Connecticut AFL-CIO political convention, Republican Tom Foley said his comments were not about limiting collective bargaining rights, as was done in Wisconsin. Rather, Foley said he meant changing the balance of power in Hartford where the executive and legislative branches are controlled by Democrats.

Malloy accused Foley of trying to backtrack from his comments, pledging he’ll “stand with labor.”

Malloy is expected to receive the AFL-CIO’s endorsement even though he battled with the state employee unions in 2011 when trying to reach a labor concession deal.

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