Republican Sen. Andrew Roraback, who is also running for Congress in the 5th District, continued a public sparring match with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration Friday at the state Bond Commission meeting.
Roraback expressed his concern that during the June 4 special meeting Malloy didn’t make an announcement that it postponed approving $2.8 million for the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport. The project was lumped in together with multiple projects on one line item and it went unnoticed by Republicans, who became aware of it after this Connecticut Post article and emails from local residents.
“I’ve been a member of the state Bond Commission for four years, and it is unprecedented for an item to be surreptitiously removed from the agenda without it being disclosed fully and publicly to each and every member of the Bond Commission,” Roraback said.
He said he doesn’t bring his calculator to Bond Commission meetings because he didn’t think he had should have to. Instead, he suggested the administration should make the members aware of any changes to the agenda.
“If they’re not paying attention it’s not my obligation to read to them everything that’s happening,” Malloy shot back during a press conference following the meeting. “Having said that understanding they weren’t paying attention I’ve directed the people who work for me, when those changes are being made, make those announcements.”
After listening to the governor’s remarks, Roraback said he’s “insulted the governor would suggest that I own that, when his own secretary apologized for not having that publicly available.”
His remarks have Roy Occhiogrosso, Malloy’s senior communications adviser, crying foul.
“He asked his questions and they were answered, but to call himself a victim is as ridiculous as the tortured path he took on the death penalty issue. He’s running for Congress,” Occhiogrosso said referring to Roraback’s reversal on his support to abolish the death penalty.
“He should run for Congress outside of this building,” Occhiogrosso added.
The Shehan Center being pulled from the June 4 agenda may have received more attention, if another item being removed from that agenda hadn’t been the focus of numerous media reports. The second item removed from the June 4 agenda was the People’s Center in New Haven.
Malloy cited veterans’ concerns about the center’s Communist Party ties.
The $2.8 million for the Shehan Center in Bridgeport was approved by the Bond Commission Friday.