CT Politics: Speeding ticket written off as political expense

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When you’re best known for successfully prosecuting former Gov. for campaign fraud, you can least afford to be perceived as playing “fast” and loose with political purse strings.

So when Democrat gubernatorial hopeful using political contributions, it stupefied friends and foes alike. The expenditure was listed on page 288 of Mattei’s 318-page finance report that his exploratory committee recently filed with the state .

State law doesn’t explicitly say political funds can’t be used to pay tickets, but it does say they cannot be used for personal use.

Now Mattei is making the staffer, identified as Connor Yakaitis, pay back his exploratory committee for the ticket.

“A campaign worker received a ticket in the course of his duties and the campaign covered the expense and reported it,” said , a spokeswoman for Mattei. “In retrospect, it should have been paid personally by the staffer and he will reimburse the campaign.”

Mattei raised $118,343 and spent $64,306 testing the waters for the state’s highest office during the past three months. Previously in charge of the public corruption unit in the U.S. attorney’s office for Connecticut, Mattei has never run for public office before.

“Given anybody’s background that’s in the public arena, they should know that’s a personal situation and it should be handled personally,” said , a Republican gubernatorial candidate and Shelton mayor. “I wouldn’t think of (doing) that.”

Tip of the Cap

He’s the first and last read of the day for many Connecticut influencers: Tom Dudchik.

The creator of the popular news aggregation site has been known to have politicians beg him to change a gotcha headline, placement of stories or unflattering photographs — old images can come back to haunt.

Now the former Jr. deputy chief of staff and one-time Ansonia state legislator has another platform to go along with his 10 million annual clicks — the Sunday morning political talk show circuit.

Dudchik’s Emmy-winning “Capitol Report” program returned Sunday to WTNH Channel 8, the New Haven ABC affiliate, after a three-year hiatus. The 30-minute roundtable, which airs weekly at 10 a.m., was previously on FOX 61.

The show’s inaugural panel was made up of , the longtime political adviser to Gov. ; Brookfield’s , a spokeswoman for SEIU 1199, New England, which represents 28,000 health care workers in Connecticut and Rhode Island; , a former chief of staff for the Connecticut GOP and political consultant from Fairfield; and , chief of staff to New Britain Mayor .

A right to bare arms

has a style all her own — from jackets that look like the “Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” to lattice glasses.

The 14-term congresswoman from New Haven isn’t afraid to push the fashion envelope with her wardrobe.

But DeLauro’s latest sartorial statement is about what she’s not wearing — sleeves.

On Friday, the Democrat was photographed on the steps of the with 25 sleeveless congresswomen to protest the House dress code, which requires shoulders to be covered. The move comes as House Speaker , R-Wisc., considers changes to the dress code, for which he was criticized after several sleeveless female reporters were recently denied access to the speaker’s lobby.

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