The dust hasn’t even begun to settle and we’ve already been hit with another Malloy-related bombshell. Three of his top staffers are quitting!
The surprising news comes straight after a federal probe was launched against Governor Malloy’s 2014 reelection campaign. Malloy could face a federal grand jury about whether nor not he broke the state’s clean elections law.
Today’s news comes as a major shock to those closely following the events, but at the same time, hardly a surprise.
The Hartford Courant says that Malloy’s chief spokesman Devon Puglia and Deputy Chief of Staff Mark Bergman, along with his liaison with the General Assembly Paul Mounds, are stepping down. Both Puglia and Bergman played major roles in the governor’s reelection campaign.
Chief of Staff Brian Durand released a prepared statement on Wednesday morning, stating, “These planned changes will take place early this fall, in anticipation of allowing a new team to get settled before the midway point of the Governor’s term.”
So far, the Governor’s Office has appointed new replacements for two of the positions. Education spokeswoman Kelly Donnelly, who works for State Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell, will be taking over for Puglia’s position. Mounds will be succeeded by his deputy, Chris Smith. Smith previously worked on political campaigns in 2006 and 2012, as well as serving as a lobbyist for Rome Smith & Lutz Government Relations.
There are no immediate plans to replace Bergman.
Malloy said about his former staffers at a press conference, “They’ve worked long hours and served the people of Connecticut well. I wish each of them the best in their next endeavors.”
The exiting staffers are reportedly pursuing new professional opportunities. Other insiders called the moves personal and “not directly related to Clinton or to Malloy’s approval ratings.”
This recent development has fueled rumors that Malloy is preparing to leave for a high-level position should Hillary Clinton win the presidential election. Either way, this development comes at an strange time considering the current happenings in Hartford.