After criticism from some state Republicans over his attendance at the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner , Governor Malloy’s office says the governor has written a personal check to his hosts for the dinner.
Director of Communications Andrew Doba says the governor did so to remove what he called a “needless distraction.” He points out that during the trip, the governor talked with the SBA Administrator about Hurricane Sandy relief and small business investment, with House Whip Steny Hoyer on federal gun control legislation, with New York Congressman Steve Israel about a regional infrastructure bank, and promoted Connecticut economic development in discussions with business and media leaders.
Doba says the governor attended the event in his official capacty and used the occasion to advance state interests and believes the payment by People Magazine would have been acceptable under state ethics laws., but says Malloy wrote the check for $1,234.62 because there are more important public policy issues to discuss.
State Senate Republican Leader John McKinney, who had called for an ethics investigation of the triop, says the governor has begun to make amends by reimbursing People magazine. But McKinney added that Malloy’s “dismissive attitude toward state ethics laws sets a dangerous precedent.” He said he still wants to hear the opinion of the Office of State Ethics.