Gov. Dannel P. Malloy gave a quick lesson today in how to keep a cute story about a small gaffe from turning into a problem. The story: the governor, or more accurately, his state police driver, got a $30 parking ticket Thursday in New Haven

Naturally, the ticket was the second topic raised at a press conference today, right after the trivial issue of how the debt crisis might impact Connecticut.

“Already paid,” Malloy said briskly.

Did you pay it out of your pocket?

“I did.”

What did you think about getting a ticket?

“I don’t know. Got a ticket. Paid it,” he said, then smiled and added, “I talked to the guy who drives.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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