Cathy Malloy decries scrutiny of public life - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Cathy Malloy decries scrutiny of public life


First lady Cathy Malloy has apologized for criticizing the media for scrutinizing elected officials to an extent that makes it harder to seek public office.
At a panel at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N. C., on Wednesday, Malloy said the public does not appreciate those in public life. The panel was organized by Emily's List, a group that seeks to elect Democratic women who support access to abortion.
Malloy, wife of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, said she doesn't want sympathy. But she says people often refuse to seek office because they do not want to expose their children and spouses to public scrutiny, particularly from the media.
On Thursday Malloy issued a statement apologizing for her remarks.

"I was trying to convey a certain sentiment, and I didn't do a good job of expressing what I really feel," she said in her statement to the media. "Although I don't always agree with what's written by members of the media, I do believe that they've been fair to my family and me.  I made these comments at a panel hosted by Emily's List, and I was addressing the question of why more people don't get into public life, especially women.  The point I was trying to make is that for those of us who do get into public service, there are sacrifices we have to make - including some of our privacy.  Sometimes that's frustrating.  But we believe deeply in public service, and so we make whatever sacrifices we need to make. We don't expect anyone to feel sorry for us, because we're honored to be able to serve."

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