The Hartford Courant
5:59 PM EDT, September 16, 2013
And now, sir, your proof?
Republican Tom Foley, the party's unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in 2010 who is exploring a run in 2014, began his thus-far-unofficial campaign by insinuating that the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is rife with unethical behavior.
But he has offered no evidence to support his allegations. Without it, the tactic lands somewhere between weird and dishonorable.
Mr. Foley last week accused Mr. Malloy of unethical behavior and suggested that voter fraud was a problem in the 2010 election. Huh? Connecticut has occasional absentee ballot violations, but cases of actual voting-day scams, such as voting under someone else's name, are exceedingly rare. A check by the secretary of the state's office a few years ago unearthed one prosecution for voter fraud in the preceding 15 years.
Mr. Foley continued his campaign of insinuation on WFSB's "Face The State" Sunday, alleging that:
•Daniel C. Esty, state energy and environmental protection commissioner, gave Mr. Malloy a no-show consulting job during the 2010 campaign and got the commissionership in return. Utterly untrue, said Mr. Esty.
• Municipal bond work was steered to the law firm of Pullman and Comley, where Mr. Malloy's former legal counsel and now Supreme Court Justice Andrew McDonald once worked. "Untrue and irresponsible," said a spokesman for the firm.
•Former Malloy aide Roy Occhiogrosso's public relations firm got a contract with the health insurance exchange because of the Malloy connection. The head of the exchange said the firm outbid two competitors.
Mr. Foley cited only unnamed sources for his allegations. What can be gratuitously affirmed can be gratuitously denied. Perhaps Mr. Foley was trying to lure Mr. Malloy into a "are-you-still-beating-your-wife?" trap, trying to make him give credence to the allegations by denying them. Mr. Malloy didn't bite, responding minimally..
If Mr. Foley has proof of what he says, bring it out. This isn't campaigning, it is gossip-mongering.
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