Speaker Sharkey Defends Malloy On People Magazine Trip; Says Malloy Could Reimburse The Washington, D.C. Expenses If Necessary

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House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey came to the defense of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy regarding his weekend trip to a high-profile dinner in Washington, D.C. that was paid by People Magazine.

Senate Republican leader John McKinney charged Wednesday that it was a clear violation of the state\’s ethics laws for a major corporation to pay for Malloy\’s travel expenses for a trip to the White House Correspondents Association dinner.

\”I think people make a big deal out of these things just because it\’s there – maybe because they think it looks bad,\’\’ Sharkey told reporters in the historic Hall of the House.

Sharkey said that it should not be an issue \”unless People magazine is somehow lobbying the state of Connecticut\’\’ on issues.

When told by reporters that Time Warner Inc. owns People magazine and the magazine belongs to an association that has a Connecticut lobbyist, Sharkey said, \”OK. That\’s news to me, but I\’m also not sure how their payment of that expense inures to the benefit of the governor, per se. I don\’t know. I\’m sure that if there\’s anything that maybe should be reviewed, the governor would be more than willing to reimburse the expense. I mean I don\’t think that\’s really what it\’s about. Generally speaking, I think it\’s a good thing to have the governor out, seen on a national stage, promoting the state of Connecticut.\’\’

When told that McKinney said it was a clear violation of the state\’s ethics laws and that Malloy should give the money back, Sharkey said, \”I\’d like to see more evidence of that. I don\’t really have a response to that because I don\’t know what he\’s talking about.\’\’

When asked by an online reporter if state had benefitted from the governor going to the dinner, Sharkey said, \”I think that certainly the state was not hurt by the governor going to the dinner. There were no taxpayers\’ dollars spent.\’\’

Before any discussion of McKinney\’s concerns, Sharkey said, \”I don\’t know what the problem is, frankly, with seeing the governor active and out outside the state, promoting our state in a positive way. I don\’t see anything wrong with it. I think it\’s a good thing.\’\’

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6 thoughts on “Speaker Sharkey Defends Malloy On People Magazine Trip; Says Malloy Could Reimburse The Washington, D.C. Expenses If Necessary

  1. walls

    Sharkey said, “I think that certainly the state was not hurt by the governor going to the dinner. There were no taxpayers’ dollars spent.”

    If a security detail went along [hotel, airfare, meals, OT, etc.], then taxpayers’ dollars were indeed spent.

  2. james pelkey

    narcissist Dan p. malloy just doing what narcissist Dan p. malloy does best and believing he has narcissistic immunity. IF that was any other state worker, Dan p. malloy would be repeating history and he would be screaming on the radio for that state employee’s termination. I am so looking forward for the day the F.B.I. comes knocking. Dan p. malloy YOU ARE NOT ABOVR THE LAW!

  3. james pelkey

    Hi walls,you are 100 percent right. Dan p. malloy has an exaggerated sense of self worth and cost us to this date about 2 million dollars on egotistical Dan p. malloy’s security detail that rivals the president of the united states. egotistical Dan p. malloy feeds into his exaggerated sense of self worth at us citizens expense.[or in this case people magazine] Egotistical Dan p. malloy in his mind needs to believe that us citizens believe Dan p. malloy is as important as the president of the united states.PATHETIC in all reality, is what Dan p. malloy actually is. Governor larry cafero nov 14

  4. Joe Black

    If this were a republican governor, Sharkey would be holding pressers along with Donovan and the head of the state Demo Party. But predictably, Sharkey lowers the standards of public behavior. As for promoting CT – that’s just laughable. It was a party and Malloy got to go for free and get out of god forsaken CT again. That he needs to drag security with him on this junket is equally laughable. In fact, Malloy needs less security, especially for trips like this. Malloy’s trip did cost state taxpayers money. What’s problematic for Malloy are all the lies and misinformation about the trip- from the press wasn’t told because it was a private trip not doing state business; to now it’s state business; from it’s better to use somebody else’s money to uh, yes, it did cost us money; to we checked with ethics amended to well, my lawyer told me I could legally stick it to the taxpayers and accept a free gift from a corporation lobbying in the state. And if you get caught, you can always pay it back. What a hack.

  5. Fred P. Muggs

    What a joke. If I was a state employee and was told after the fact that I’m not allowed to accept gifts would I be given the opportunity to pay it back? No! I would be fired. State employees are not allowed to accept a doughnut or cup of coffee let alone an all inclusive paid for junket like this one.

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