OXFORD - In his first public comments on an ongoing controversy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Monday that multiple charges by Republican gubernatorial contender Tom Foley are “factually incorrect” on conflicts of interest by former staff members and a state commissioner.
Malloy, who has avoided talking about Foley recently, repeated several times that he needs to focus on his fulltime position as governor of the state.
“I’ve got a job to do,” Malloy told reporters who had gathered at the Waterbury – Oxford Airport for an unrelated event. “I suppose he’s got his job to do. He wants to be governor. But I’ve got that job right now. I’m going to concentrate on what I’m supposed to do.”
When asked by a television reporter if allegations about a former staff member and a current commissioner are incorrect, Malloy said, ”Yes. They are factually incorrect. You guys can follow-up with my staff and go through all of that stuff. I don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about it. I’m the governor of the state of Connecticut. I’ve got a job.”
But Foley told Capitol Watch on Monday afternoon that he is not backing down from any of his charges. He said that Malloy’s denials were not categorical. Now, Foley is calling upon Malloy to release his federal tax returns, including all W-2 and 1099 forms, for the period from 2006 through 2010 to prove that he did not receive any money from entities associated with environmental consultant Dan Esty.
During a Sunday morning television appearance on WFSB’s “Face The State” program, Foley charged that Malloy had worked for or received compensation from a firm or entity associated with Esty, a longtime Yale University professor and environmental consultant who was later named by Malloy as the state environmental commissioner.
Foley said in an interview that he never said that Malloy was employed by Esty.
“I said he was being paid as a consultant or given something of value,” Foley told Capitol Watch. “What I said was that Esty himself or his consulting firm or some entity that he was affiliated with was providing income or something of value. For Esty to be appointed a commissioner would certainly look like payback. They’re not denying it. … It’s very easy for the governor to clear this up. He could release his tax returns from 2006 until 2010 and show all his W-2s and all his sources of income. There’s lot of ways of being paid without being an employee.” Continue reading