Friday, January 16, 2009

Another Day Another Ethics Investigation In Hartford

Senator Gaffey is being investigated for Double billing his expenses.

The Courant reports:
A veteran Democratic state senator double-billed the state and his own political action committee for thousands of dollars’ worth of expenses for travel and posh hotels over a four-year period, state records show.

The commission's investigators also have questioned the fact that Gaffey allowed his girlfriend, Patricia Murphy, to use a cellphone on his PAC's account for an extended period until they broke up in 2007, Gaffey acknowledged. He said he paid for her "nominal" calls on the phone.

The questions surround flights to several legislative conferences and stays in hotels from about 2004 to 2007 — at times with Murphy — for which he solicited and received reimbursements from the state's legislative management office and his PAC.

For example, Gaffey was reimbursed $613 by the legislative management office for three days in August 2006 at the luxury Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., during a National Conference of State Legislators annual meeting — and he got $1,015 from his PAC for the same hotel stay....

Other questions arose concerning similar billings to both the PAC and the state for trips to political events such as national legislators' conferences in cities that included Salt Lake City and Seattle.

The expenses apparently amount to several thousand dollars, Gaffey acknowledged Thursday. ....

“This was not intentional,” he said. “There were a number of trips that just got by me. … I feel very badly about it. It’s embarrassing.”
It's more than embarrassing Senator, it's fraud, and it looks like you have a nasty habit of repeating it.

No doubt his trusty aide who helps him file his papers didn't have a clue either.

But we all know this will be viewed as "just another "oversight", and this will be swept under the carpet with the rest of his indiscretions.
In 2002, it was revealed that he and another state legislator, then employed by the trash agency, collected state legislators' mileage reimbursements for their trips to and from their homes to Hartford in trash agency vehicles, but had lagged thousands of dollars behind in reimbursing the trash agency for their personal mileage on the same vehicles.

In addition, Gaffey received some unwelcome attention about a year ago when Courant columnist Kevin Rennie revealed that Gaffey was having an affair, confirmed in e-mails, with Connecticut State University System legislative liaison Jill Ferraiolo while he aggressively pushed a billion dollars in bonds for the university system. Rennie also wrote that Gaffey had long made incomplete disclosures on the use of the PAC credit card.
Give us all a break.

He sure has done his constituents proud.

There sure is a reason why this State is known as "Corrupticut"
I thought Governor Rell was supposed to eliminate this type of thing from our Capitol Steps, but it looks like all Sen. Gaffey will do is apologize - pay a fine - and continue on.

Of course if he were a Republican - he'd be hounded and forced to resign. The double standard is obvious.

Just another day in Hartford.