What’s worse than a nosey neighbor who already holds a grudge against you? That same neighbor who gets the local newspaper to bite on a “story” when there isn’t one.
Such is the case in Stamford when Gov. Dannel Malloy’s own personal Gladys Cravitz was for some reason watching the landscaping people at the governor’s Stamford home—the one he doesn’t live in. He lives in the governor’s residence close to the capitol (unlike Gov. Rell, he doesn’t stay home for “reading days”).
Gladys (actually Peggy Cobb) lives just over the hedges from the Malloy home. The governor’s caretaker hired a landscaper who subcontracted part of the work to a tree guy who also works for the city. Said tree guy filled his truck with debris and couldn’t fit his ladder in safely. He called a buddy who was working a mile away for help. The buddy also works for the city and showed up in a city truck. And ladder-gate was born!
If you follow the hedge trimmings you’ll see this conspiracy leads right back to the governor who likely had to put on hold his economic development work to launch the conspiracy to get the tree guy’s ladder removed in a city truck.
The Woodwards and Bernsteins at Hearst Newspapers decided ladder-gate was not only worthy of a front page article, but also rose to the level of quoting Mrs. Cravitz, eh, Cobb, in the headline in the Connecticut Post, ‘Seems like favoritism to me.’ I can see the governor addressing the people of the state now, “The people have got to know whether their governor is an arborist. Well, I’m not an arborist.”
There is another part to the story. It’s seems Mrs. Cobb doesn’t much like the Malloys. Her son-in-law is a Republican state rep. who just recently concluded a fight with the city over legal fees in an ethics complaint against him.
Mr. Cobb, aka Abner Cravitz, saw the whole Landscaping Caper as indicative of a bigger problem. “Citizens have to be on the lookout for any kind of waste, fraud, corruption, nepotism — whatever,” Hearst Newspapers quotes Fred Cobb as saing. “Everyone we meet who works for the city is very nice—but there’s a difference between being nice and having their hand in your pocket. It chips away at your trust.”
Wait ‘til the Cravitzes find out there is a secret lawn-mowing system at Malloy’s house. It will blow the lid off the whole operation.