SEN. BOUCHER SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR GETTING PERSONAL WITH GOV. MALLOY AND HIS FAMILY; ACCUSATION OF PERSONAL BIAS BELOW HER OFFICE

State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-Wilton), the leading critic of this year’s marijuana decriminalization bill, didn’t get her way as both the state House and Senate passed the bill. Now she is getting personal with Gov. Dannel Malloy, accusing him of supporting he bill in part because of his son’s arrest on drug charges. She needs to apologize to the governor and his family immediately or risk any credibility she may have left on this or other issues.

It is highly unusual for a legislator to question the motives of another elected official’s support or opposition to any bill. In fact, it’s not even permitted on the floor of the Senate. But that hasn’t stopped Boucher from making the accusations against Malloy to the Weston-Redding-Easton Patch online newspaper.

“Malloy is promoting this bill…One of his sons has had serious problems with drugs. [The governor] has a personal interest in this,” The Patch quoted Boucher as saying. Wow. That’s serious stuff. If she has evidence of that, she should reveal it. There are plenty of other lawmakers who supported the bill who don’t have children with such problems. Couldn’t it be that Malloy agreed with the arguments the others made?

There is no doubt Malloy and his family have had their struggles in this arena. It is a matter of public record that one of Malloy’s sons was charged with selling marijuana. He was given a suspended sentence of three years in prison and was hit with five years’ probation. He was arrested again in 2009 for allegedly attempting to rob a Darien man at gunpoint. He was received a 10-year suspected sentence with five years of probation.

Perhaps it was out of frustration that Boucher went down this road. However, it shouldn’t be acceptable and an apology in in order.