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Friday, May 03, 2013

The Short, Fast Life of a Political Gaffe

By Mark Pazniokas

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy knew the drill. The last step in dealing with a political gaffe is address the press, take a few questions, smile and say something mildly dismissive like, “You know, we’re pretty much done with it.” Image
C-SPAN finds Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in the crowd Saturday night at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. C-SPAN photo

And so it was that Malloy waited for reporters to surround him tonight outside the State Capitol and ask questions about him reimbursing People magazine $1,234 for his trip to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

A TV reporter asked about the previous day’s claim by Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, that Malloy violated state ethics laws by accepting a freebie to one of D.C.‘s hottest political/social events.

“You know, Sen. McKinney says lots of things,” Malloy said, smiling. “I just decided to head the whole thing off, rather than take away from the important work, for instance, on education reform, that has to be done.”

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