On Monday, Oct. 28, Boucher for Connecticut released the following statement:
In response to the FOI request she submitted last week to Reuben Bradford, Connecticut Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, State Senator Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), received a response confirming that three members of Governor Malloy’s security team were involved in his recent fundraising trip to California. Boucher had asked specifically for a listing of all costs incurred for any state troopers who may have accompanied Governor Dannel Malloy to California.
In an email to Boucher, Commissioner Bradford wrote that “three (3) sworn members of the Governor’s security detail were involved in planning and providing security related to the Governor’s travel last weekend.” He also confirmed that he would forward to her all state trooper costs “upon receipt”.
“Although the governor is entitled to be accompanied on trips by state troopers, drivers, and security personnel, if he uses their services in relation to political fundraising activities, then his party should pay for their airfare, wages, overtime pay, car rentals, or hotel rooms,” said Boucher. “Regardless of what practices may have become established and whether or not they are legal, I believe that it is wrong to use state resources to pay for any staff expenses related to political fundraising. I look forward to receiving the information about how much was spent by the state on the governor’s security personnel during this trip. The state Democratic party should reimburse the state for those expenses, and taxpayers deserve full disclosure.”