Gov. Dannel Malloy is constantly getting hammered by Republicans for being one of those free-spending Democrats who try to bolster their reelection chances by handing out all kinds of taxpayer dollars for local projects.
Of course, there can be exceptions. Take, for example, the cool $1.5 million state grant that just happens to be going to a public golf course in the district of state House GOP Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr.
The money for improvements to the Oak Hills Park golf course in Cafero’s home base of Norwalk is expected to be approved next week by the state Bond Commission. Malloy, who is facing a tough fight to win reelection to a second term this year, is chairman of the bond panel and decides what projects get to be voted on by that august body.
Cafero, like Republican gubernatorial candidates Tom Foley and John McKinney, has often blasted Malloy for his free-spending ways. On the other hand, Cafero has essentially given up his own ambitions to sit in the governor’s chair and is retiring from the legislature after this year.
This time around, Cafero is thanking the Democratic governor and calling the decision on the Oak Hills Park course “welcome news.”
“A lot of people put a great deal of effort into this and now we can move forward to make this tremendous public asset an even better facility that serves thousands of people every year,” Cafero commented in a press release on the money.
It is true that a public golf course like this one is a rather different affair than one of those swanky private country club 18-hole-ers where the Gold Coast’s wealthy one-percenters gather for their rounds of golf and a few single-malts.
The state funding for Oak Hills Park is intended to be used for a new golf learning center, a nature learning center, and other improvements, according to Cafero.
And it is going to Norwalk. Which makes it all okay, apparently.