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Party Won’t Pay State Back For Governor’s Security Detail

by Christine Stuart | Dec 13, 2013 11:29am
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy earlier this week after the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce breakfast

Republican State Sen. Toni Boucher is calling on the state Democratic Party to return the $13,760 it cost state taxpayers to send state troopers with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on a fundraising trip to California in October.

“I believe that it is wrong to use state resources for the fundraising activities of any political party, and the state Democratic Party should reimburse the state for these expenses immediately. If the party does not do this, taxpayers need to know it and the administration must explain why,” Boucher, who is considering a run for governor, said.

Boucher said the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection told her that $8,080.71 of the $13,760 was payroll costs, including $2,570.70 in “compensatory time earned by an individual who is not part of the NP-1 bargaining unit” and $5,679.54 for airfare, lodging, transportation, and meals. Three troopers were involved in the planning of the trip.

Malloy traveled to California in October with Jonathan Harris, the executive director of the Democratic Party, to help it raise money. Malloy has not announced his 2014 re-election campaign, but earlier this year he signed a bill that changes how state parties participate in the electoral process. The bill gives parties the ability to give unlimited amounts of additional money to publicly funded candidates unable to raise money after receiving the public grant.

Asked Friday whether the Connecticut Democratic Party would reimburse the state, a spokesman for the party said “no.”

After the state Bond Commission meeting Friday, Malloy said the state has a long tradition of providing security to governors and he doesn’t believe he’s being treated any differently than previous governors.

“If I go to McDonald’s I have security,” Malloy said. “If I go to a movie I have security. If I travel anywhere in state or out-of-state, I have security. I don’t get to make those decisions.”

He said to some extent he wishes he had more privacy, but “when you’re in my position you turn yourself over to other people who make those decisions.”

He said he remains outside of the decision-making process when it comes to security details.

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posted by: JamesBronsdon | December 13, 2013  1:05pm

Is this an established protocol that a Conn. governor never goes anywhere without security? Seems pretty ridiculous. Is there some sort of risk to our state’s security akin to the risk to national security of a president’s travels? I don’t buy the “I don’t get to make those decisions” justification. It’s not necessary. It’s a significant cost to taxpayers. And it’s merely to support his massive ego.

posted by: StanMuzyk | December 13, 2013  3:22pm

The State Democratic Party projects itself as the controlling power-broker for using taxpayer money for their fundraising with Gov. Malloy’s blessing -  if they can get away with it.

posted by: LongJohn47 | December 13, 2013  4:46pm

This is a manufactured “issue”.  Toni should focus on something she knows about and is of concern to her constituents (and anyone else worried about the economic health of Connecticut)—the need for billions of dollars to bring our commuter rail up to standard.

There are bridges that need to be replaced, train control systems mandated by the feds but not on schedule, miles of track and catenary to be upgraded.

Our roads are choked, our new rail cars are packed and run late, we still have a five year wait to get parking permits at most stations—and she’s ragging the Governor over $13k?

Elections are important, and they should be fought over issues of substance.  Forget the political theater.  Let’s talk about things that matter.

posted by: Noteworthy | December 15, 2013  4:29am

That Malloy needs security is laughable. That the state Democratic Party doesn’t want to pay its fair share of costs that if it were not for fundraising for the party, the taxpayers would not incurr is not surprising. Afterall, the party line is that our laws are there to be manipulated and gutted in order to allow the party to do what it does best - beg for money for a federal account that will be really used for a state race.

posted by: Lawrence | December 15, 2013  11:25am

“Is this an established protocol that a Conn. governor never goes anywhere without security?”

Yes.

“That Malloy needs security is laughable.”

Two words: gun bill.

posted by: Greg | December 16, 2013  9:55am

Lawrence:

“That Malloy needs security is laughable.”

Two words: gun bill.

Care to elaborate?