Democratic candidate for Governor Dan Malloy, Stamford's Mayor, today criticized Governor Rell and New Haven Mayor John DeStefano for what he called "disingenuous squabbling" over the financing of their gubernatorial campaigns. Earlier today, DeStefano and Rell traded criticisms regarding Rell's apparent willingness to use State party funds coming from contractors and PACs, and DeStefano's heavy reliance on contractor dollars.
"Both Jodi Rell and John DeStefano are being disingenuous," said Malloy. "Governor Rell wants to have her cake and eat it too by refusing 'special interest' money and then accepting money from the State party -- most of which comes from special interests. Meanwhile, John DeStefano is trying to wear a mantle of reform that doesn't fit. As the New Haven Register pointed out today, John rejected a proposed spending cap in 2001 and opposed proposals to implement public financing for the 2006 Governor's race."
This dance is going to continue for how many more months? Anyway, here's the opinion piece Malloy is referencing. You'll have to register, since the New Haven Register has decided that it doesn't really want readers, after all.
As for DeStefano rejecting the public financing for next year, everyone already pretty much knew that wasn't going to happen. If Malloy were asked to give up the money he has raised right now, would he?
Rell, on the other hand, is kind of trying to have things both ways. She's always walked a very fine line between her desire for reform and her desire to raise money and win. For example, she shouldn't have printed up those "annual reports," nor should she have done state TV commercials or allowed her name to remain on a lobbyist-infested golf tournament back in October. Yet, for all of that, she did end up signing the bill.
Lather, rinse, repeat.