At nearly every turn, former state Secretary of State and now US Senate candidate Susan Bysiewicz has faced questions about her handling of all kinds of finances. Now, it appears the children of the state are affected.
Current Secretary of State Denise Merrill says she has had to cancel a popular students’ spring poster and essay contest because the fund used to run it—the Citizenship Fund—is empty; depleted by Bysiewicz. The contest costs $2,500 to run and has been going on for some 16 years.
Some have been critical of Bysiewicz’ use of the fund to support her political ambitions by traveling the state and handing out awards to veterans, activities that have nothing to do with the official duties of the SOTS’s office.
“She did an extraordinary number of public events using the fund towards the end of her term, and they were clearly intended as part of a `Susan Bysiewicz rehabilitation tour,’ ” Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) told reporter Brian Lockhart, referring to controversies Bysiewicz weathered in 2010.
Lockhart recounts other problems Bysiewicz has had.