A campaign fundraiser held for Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy's gubernatorial race by the city's chief labor negotiator poses a conflict of interest, Malloy's chief critic in local government has charged.
Republican Board of Finance member Joseph Tarzia said Dennis Murphy, who held the March 10 fundraiser at his home in Bridgeport, should be treated the same as the 13 state commissioners and three deputies paid $500 each in fines for soliciting campaign contributions from subordinates to benefit Gov. M. Jodi Rell, which is prohibited by state law.
As we draw closer to the election, these stories will no doubt multiply. But its not the public driving the issue, but rival party hacks spinning furiously almost as if there are no other issues worthy of the publics attention. Somehow I think this is not a good sign of the health of our democracy. When the story ceases to be about the real problems affecting our state, and focuses on the process of a campaign, the public loses.
Coleman, Tobin, Malloy critic calls campaign fundraiser conflict of interest Stamford Advocate April 16, 2006