Boy, this will ruin any inauguration day:
State Sen. Thomas Gaffey, a longtime Meriden Democrat, has submitted his letter of resignation from the Senate. Gaffey will not be sworn in today on the Senate floor because he is pleading guilty to misdemeanors in a double-billing scandal. According to the charges by the chief state’s attorney’s office, Gaffey double-billed for six trips around the country, including the swearing-in of U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy in Washington, D.C. Murphy was a freshman lawmaker in 2007 from the 5th Congressional District, which includes Gaffey’s hometown of Meriden.
Lesson to every lawmaker attending the swearing-in of new House members: Don’t double bill!