As some Connecticut residents and elected officials gripe about the response of utilities to the freak October snow storm, the Malloy administration is playing defense and in the process, sees yet another headline involving Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Dan Esty.
CTNewsJunkie.com reports that Frank Cirillo, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 420 kind of went berserk (Shad’s words here) and called out the governor. Cirillo says unions officials tried repeatedly to get a meeting with the governor but to no avail. Cirillo says union heads wanted to warn Malloy that staffing by the utilities was so inadequate that they couldn’t handle regular-weather power outages let alone the wrath that this storm brought.
What was the Malloy administration’s response? Malloy’s peeps not only threw DEEP’s Esty under the bus, they back up and drove over him again. Said Malloy spokesman Colleen Flanagan, “We received Mr. Cirillo’s correspondence and asked that Commissioner Esty set up a meeting to discuss this issue with him…We were extremely disappointed to learn today [Monday] that the meeting never happened, but we were assured it will be scheduled this week.” Besides wondering who “we” is—as in “We were extremely disappointed…” (Esty isn’t part of the “we”?), one can see tread marks on Esty’s face. Malloy staffed it out to Esty who apparently blew it, didn’t schedule the meeting and so it’s all his fault that Cirillo had a nutty.
Cirillo, in his comments Monday said, “These guys [utilities] got the idiot governor convinced they know what they’re doing.” Yikes.