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Malloy: ‘In Retrospect, Ya Know . . . Probably Shouldn’t Have Done It’

by Christine Stuart | May 2, 2013 6:48pm
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has spent the past 48 hours trying to put to bed the controversy over his decision to let People magazine pay for his trip to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It’s an awkward position for the Democrat, who would rather be talking about public policy than a glitzy D.C. event.

On Thursday, he paid People magazine back the $1,234.62 it spent on him to attend the celebrity studded event, according to a statement from his spokesman, Andrew Doba.

“This has taken on a life of its own and I just thought it was better to end it,” Malloy said of his decision to write a personal check for the event.

He denied he was defiant in doing so, but it’s never a good sign for a politician when he has to return from a party and seek legal counsel.

“My staff makes a lot of decisions about where I go and this was thought because of what we’re trying to do on digital media, as well as public policy on other issues that were referenced in the press release, that this was a good opportunity,” Malloy said. “In retrospect, ya know . . . probably shouldn’t have done it.”

On Wednesday, the governor’s general counsel, Luke Bronin, said the governor’s office would be seeking a formal advisory opinion from the Citizen’s Ethics Advisory Board “out of an abundance of respect for Connecticut’s ethics laws.” After announcing Malloy would be reimbursing People for the expenses, Doba said the administration considered the issue resolved and would not be seeking an opinion after all.

“I decided to cut the whole thing off and I wrote out a check. That’s what I did,” Malloy said.

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posted by: JAM | May 2, 2013  7:37pm

“My staff makes a lot of decisions about where I go and this was thought because of what we’re trying to do on digital media, as well as public policy on other issues that were referenced in the press release, that this was a good opportunity,” Malloy said.

Ok, I got it. It’s the staff’s fault.

posted by: Tessa Marquis | May 3, 2013  9:04am

Governor from New Jersey was there too. Let’s see some GOP folks go after him as well.

PS I am fat so I can say this: And Dan only takes up one chair - Chris “Extra Crispy” is a two-seater eater.

posted by: meridenite | May 3, 2013  10:32am

Can you even imagine how angry malloy is about this, oh to be a fly on the wall and hear his rants about this.

posted by: NoNonsense2013 | May 3, 2013  1:06pm

If, as the Gov’s spokesman says, there is “an abundance of respect for Connecticut’s ethics laws”, then they should still seek an ethics advisory opinion so that such “needless distractions” don’t come up again.

posted by: res ipsa | May 3, 2013  2:52pm

The Governor’s security detail info should be made public. His “entitlement lifestyle”, compared to his predecessors, is an eye-opener.

posted by: ALD | May 3, 2013  3:07pm

JAM,  I think you got that right!! Can you imagine being in a fox hole with this guy?? What a piece of work!!!

posted by: DrHunterSThompson | May 4, 2013  12:02am

i never really thought Rowland’s meadows tickets were a big deal, but because it was this is even bigger.

this issue won’t go away until there is a fine.

HST

posted by: Just another CT resident | May 4, 2013  1:28pm

Sorry but I find Teresa’s fat comments offensive and am surprised that her comment was posted after review by this site.

posted by: BrianO | May 4, 2013  6:27pm

I love CNJ, but this has received way too much attention.