Harp Aide Using State Email System to Promote Senator’s New Haven Mayoral Campaign.
It’s a busy day at the legislature for Democratic state Senator Toni Harp’s New Haven mayoral campaign. Dawn Rudd, a member of the Appropriations Committee staff, which Harp serves as co-chair, sent a Harp campaign email to all legislators and legislative staff inviting them to Harp’s campaign announcement on Saturday.
This would appear to be a violation of the state’s ethics and election laws.
UPDATE: Adam Joseph, a spokesman for the Senate Democrats, writes, “This is clearly an inappropriate use of state resources. The employee that forwarded the email is a part-time, sessional employee. The email message was immediately recalled. The employee has been spoken to by her supervisor and understands that it was inappropriate and has apologized.” No word yet from Harp.