The Republican state chairman, Jerry Labriola, is criticizing Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for his travels this weekend to both Vermont and Quebec for conferences, saying Malloy has now made 32 out-of-state trips as governor.
“Dan Malloy might not have an impressive record on the economy, but he certainly has an impressive travel resume,” Labriola said in a statement. “While the majority of Connecticut families are working harder and longer than ever to make ends meet, Governor Malloy is jetting off to luxury spas and resorts on the taxpayers’ dime. This latest trip will make 32 out of state trips – five out of country – and over a million dollars in taxpayer-funded costs after just over two years in office.”
Labriola added, “The governor clearly isn’t learning much from his lavish excursions, because despite visiting places like Texas and Virginia – which are seeing real recovery – Malloy continues to drive jobs out of Connecticut with his insatiable thirst for government spending and record-setting tax increases. After his ‘different path’ has led Connecticut’s economy to a dead-last ranking, Dan Malloy faces a very difficult year ahead as he attempts to swindle Connecticut voters into giving him a second term. I don’t blame him for trying to get in some last taxpayer-funded luxury spa vacations while he still can.”
But the state’s Democratic Party chairwoman, Nancy DiNardo, defended Malloy’s travels.
“The reality is every single New England governor is going, and they’re going to be talking about lowering energy costs and transportation,” DiNardo told Capitol Watch in an interview. “So it’s important for the governor to be there.’’
She added, “All you have to do is travel on I-95. In Fairfield County, 95 is terrible. We should be focusing on public transportation.’’
Concerning Labriola, she said, “Certainly, it’s Jerry’s job to be critical sometimes. In this case, I think he is really wrong in criticizing the governor.’’
Based on the number of trips out of state, Labriola titled his statement as, ” ‘Travelling Dan Strikes Again.’ ”
On Friday, Malloy headed to the well-known Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester Village, Vermont for an event hosted by Vermont’s Gov. Peter Shumlin, who serves as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. On Saturday night, Malloy will be back in Hartford at the annual fundraising gala for St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center at the Connecticut Convention Center.
On Sunday and Monday, he is scheduled to attend a meeting of the New England governors and five Eastern Canadian premiers.