Republican Tom Foley, an “exploratory” candidate for governor, has made a series of allegations about the ethics of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Foley — who offered his indictment on Face the State Sunday — has offered no on-the-record evidence and said the governor must respond on TV today.
Here’s a breakdown:
1. Foley alleges Malloy hired Dan Esty as Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection as ” a favor.” Foley charges that Esty either hired or made an illegal campaign contribution to Malloy during the 2010 campaign. In return, Foley alleges that Malloy then appointed Esty to the DEEP job.
Esty’s response: “Tom Foley’s suggestion that I employed Dan Malloy … is flat out untrue. Any suggestion of this sort is irresponsible.”
Foley: “This is something I heard.”
2. Foley charges that former Malloy aide Roy Occhiogrosso won a “totally improper” state contract to provide public relations work for the state’s new health exchange program. In fact, Occhiogrosso’s firm, Global Strategies Group, won the contract. Occhiogrosso works for Global Strategies.
Tanya Meck, executive vice president of Global Strategies: Global Strategy Group participated in a competitive process to become the public relations consultant for Access Health CT … The contract was pursued and executed properly – legally and ethically.
3. Foley said that Gov. Malloy and his “close buddy,” Andrew McDonald, engineered a conspiracy to force municipalities to hire McDonalds’ law firm,. Pullman & Comley. The firm has won a number of lucrative state and municipal contracts under Malloy.
In March of 2012, the Courant reported that Brian J. O’Dowd concluded that Pullman winning a contract with the Connecticut Airport Authority did not violate state ethics statutes merely because of the existence of “social relationships with a few people who work at Pullman & Comley.”
4. Foley said that the University of Connecticut Foundation’s contribution toward Malloy’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland is “an improper use of funds.” Before the governor left for Switzerland, his spokesman, Andrew Doba said the governor’s office received a $4,500 contribution from the private UConn Foundation to cover airfare and hotel.
“We were mulling over the invitation, and we were looking for partners,” Doba said in January of 2012. ” The whole point is to bring academics and leaders together. We reached out [to the UConn Foundation].