One-time Democratic playmaker Jonathan Pelto’s journey to the outer limits continues, with an accusation that Malloy or his aides lied about the purpose of a recent speechmaking trip to New York. It’s part of a rambling blog post that suggests that Malloy, charter school proponents and wealthy investors are part of a vast conspiracy to destroy public education. I’m not going to get into Pelto’s narrative, but one point, involving a Malloy speech before the National Executive Service Corps, deserves a little attention:
… what is now clear is that unbeknownst to Connecticut’s media and reporters, there was no National Executive Service Corps “Annual Meeting” in New York City that night. Someone decided that misleading the press was worth it – and in my experience that type of decision could only be made by the Governor, the Governor’s Chief of Staff or, in this case, the Governor’s Chief Adviser who also happens to by his speech writer.
Had reporters been told the truth, someone would have undoubtedly gone to the event and discovered that Malloy’s participation had nothing to do with the state’s troubled economy.
Dan Malloy was there for one purpose, and one purpose only and that was to attend the NESC’s 7th annual Gala Dinner. His role was to introduce the guest of honor, Greenwich Millionaire and charter school champion Jonathan Sackler.
I told you it was a sinister conspiracy. Here is a response from Malloy aide Roy Occhiogrosso:
As is often the case, Jonathan is wrong. Governor Malloy was invited by the NESC to be the keynote speaker at their event – which in fact is an annual event. They specifically asked him to speak about his economic development initiatives — in particular, entrepreneurial programs. Which is exactly what he did. Following his remarks, the Governor left the event. He didn’t stay for an awards ceremony, nor did he introduce anybody. If our office didn’t want the media to attend, why would we put the event on his public schedule? That schedule is distributed to thousands of people and is posted on our website. Jonathan’s screeds have become increasingly delusional as time has gone on. He’s an unstable individual, who’s bitter that he didn’t land a job in the Administration. Although I’m hard pressed to see why anyone would hire him to do anything, he does describe himself as a ‘consultant.’ Is someone paying him to peddle information that’s not true?