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CONNECTICUT: Governor Names Gay-Married Man As Chief Of Staff

Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy has named former deputy comptroller Mark Ojakian (above left) to be his chief of staff. The Hartford Courant notes without comment that Ojikian acknowledged his husband during the appointment announcement.
Stepping to the microphone, Ojakian said, "While it has been an incredibly challenging year — and it has been, I didn't think my hair could get any grayer, but it has over the last year — it has been an honor'' to serve in the administration. He added, "We still face many challenges in the weeks, months, and years ahead'' on a wide variety of issues. Known as "OJ'' inside the state Capitol, Ojakian has worked with all of the key players in the administration. Besides thanking members of Malloy's inner circle, Ojakian, 58, also thanked his husband, Jason Veretto of West Hartford, whom he introduced at the press conference.
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