Is Dannel Malloy The 'Secrecy' Governor?

Critics complain Malloy has taken numerous steps to keep Connecticut residents in the dark on important policy issues.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Photo credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Photo credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Written by Eileen McNamara

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is coming under increasing criticism for what some describe as blatant attacks on open government laws.   
The most recent issue to capture headlines and draw the ire of open-government defenders was a move by Malloy and others in his administration to shield from public view documents related to the Newtown shootings, including audio tapes of the 911 calls that day and documents describing victims' injuries.     

The bill was drafted in secret and ultimately the Malloy administration abandoned it after the plan was made public, prompting a backlash of criticism.   

According to the blog Capitol Watch the proposal drew the ire of the chairman of Connecticut's Repubilcan Party, Jerry Labriola, who said “Malloy has become the leading foe of FOI – and the legislature’s Democratic majority has been his willing accomplice. He talks the talk on open government and transparency, but forget about walking the walk – but he does everything he can to run away from it.”

Labriola went on to note several other instances in which Malloy has pursued proposals to block public access to government in one form or another, including: 

  • A former key Malloy official conducted state business using his personal email account so he could avoid public scrutiny. 
  • Malloy has proposed exempting pardon applications from the Freedom of Information Act and preclude the public from attending hearings of the Board of Pardons and Paroles.
  • The governor merged the three independent state watchdog agencies (Ethics, Elections Enforcement and Freedom of Information) into one entity 
  • Malloy proposed  combining the legal and investigative staffs from those three watchdog agencies.
  • Malloy signed into law a proposal that shields from the public the identity of felons convicted of committing a crime with a gun. 
JG May 29, 2013 at 08:13 AM
He needs to be removed from office.
Spiff May 29, 2013 at 09:29 AM
He needs to be removed from office along with every single legislator who blindly supported him. He's not just the Secrecy Governor, he's the... well, I'll bite my tounge (you know what they say about not having anything nice to say about someone). But, anyone who pays attention to Dan Malloy knows what kind of person/governor he is.
Peter morgan May 29, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Hitler would have proud of Dannel. He was just born 74 years too late.
Spiff May 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Yeah, good ole' Dan would break every law he had to, as long as he wouldn't get caught, to get his agenda through. Now that Dan has shown his true colors, shame on every single voter who votes for him next time.


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