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Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is the head of the Democratic Governors Association, said Friday that he plans to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

In a statement Friday, Malloy said he initially felt inclined to decline, but has since changed his mind.

“President-Elect Trump was not the preferred candidate of either myself or the majority of Connecticut voters.  His conduct during this transition has not assuaged my grave concern that he intends to fundamentally lead this nation in the wrong direction.  However, I don’t believe this is the time for compassionate and reasoned voices to shrink away – be they Democrat, Republican, or independent.  In fact, the presence of fair-minded people is now more important than ever.  In the wake of this election and in opposition to many of the President-Elect’s recent actions, we are called upon to stand up, dust ourselves off, to be seen, and to be heard.  We should be represented at the inauguration as a signal that we are not going away, and that we are resolved to continue fighting for fairness, equality, and decency,” Malloy said.

“For these reasons, I plan to attend the inauguration ceremony and witness the peaceful transference of power from one president to the next – a cornerstone of our democracy.  I understand some may choose differently, and I respect their choice.”