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Gov. Dannel Malloy still has not endorsed a candidate in the race for his old job as mayor of Stamford, but when he was asked about it Friday he chose to praise just one of the two Democrats seeking the position.

Malloy said he has “a close, personal as well as professional relationship” with state Rep. William Tong, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the Stamford mayoral race. Tong faces David Martin, a city finance board member who has been endorsed by the town’s Democratic committee.

Malloy said he is aware that if he is going to make a formal announcement, he needs to make it before the primary election on Sept. 10. But he pointed out for reporters that, although he has not made an endorsement, he has only complimented one candidate.

“I just said I have the greatest respect for [Tong]. I know the other candidate. I’ve worked with the other candidate but I named one,” he said.

The governor has formally weighed in on one municipal election this month. He endorsed state Sen. Toni Harp in her bid for mayor of New Haven. That endorsement has sparked questions about endorsements in the Stamford race. Malloy served as mayor of Stamford for 14 years before becoming governor.