Four state Republicans on Tuesday suggested that the delay of a program to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants was an election year ploy by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
The program was supposed to launch in September, but the Department of Motor Vehicles recently delayed the start date to December. On Tuesday, state sens. Len Fasano, Toni Boucher, Scott Fratz, and Michael McLachlan, wrote to DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey “to seek clarification on the motives behind this delay.”
“As you are aware, the immigrant ‘drive only’ licenses have been a controversial issue in Connecticut,” the senators wrote. “We are sure you can understand why, in an election year, a delay of such a debated program initially championed by the governor can be interpreted as a political action.”
The senators asked for her to explain the process by which the department decided to delay the program’s launch – who participated in the decision making, what is the reason for the delay, and what were the factors considered when making the decision.
“It would be extremely inappropriate for any state leader to purposefully delay a program to avoid bad press before an election,” Fasano said in a statement.