In the days prior to the August 10 Democratic primary, gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont was doing his best to imply Democratic gubernatorial nominee Dannel Malloy, until this year Stamford’s long-time mayor, abused his power while in office.
Some of the stuff Lamont dredged up was old news.
In response, Malloy’s campaign before the primary told me: “Even though … the City of Stamford does not require its Mayor to account for any personal use of their city car, Dan’s campaign approached the city proactively and worked with the City Controller to make a determination regarding reimbursement which would include wear and tear on the car.”
I had the opportunity to speak with Malloy’s successor, Republican Mayor Michael Pavia, late this week and decided to ask whether he is looking into or intended to look into the charge of vehicle abuse leveled by Lamont.
Sure it’s a politically touchy subject, with Malloy having won the Democratic primary and Pavia being a Republican.
But, particularly during these tough budget times, I figured a responsible new mayor might conclude he or she has to take allegations their immediate predecessor owes the city some scratch seriously, particularly if those allegations are made by a member of the accused’s own political party.
“Let me raise that question (with the city’s fleet manager) and see how far it goes,” Pavia told me, adding he was not too familiar with the details of the vehicle issue.
But I got the sense Pavia was also taking Lamont’s accusation with a grain of salt.
“There are a lot of things that happen during a campaign,” he said.