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Malloy says DOT official wrong to use false ID to post online support for costly bus project

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NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says a Transportation Department official was wrong to post comments on a website using a "stage name" to advocate for the $567 million Hartford-to-New Britain bus-only corridor.

Malloy told reporters Wednesday in New Britain that transit administrator Michael Sanders should not have used a fake ID when commenting on stories about CTfastrak posted by The Hartford Courant. "I don't think it made sense," the governor said.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Sanders suggested in emails he would use a false identity for online comments. He said in an interview he sought to avoid angering opponents inflamed by the project's cost.

A Transportation Department spokesman said Sanders will not comment.

Commissioner James Redeker said the agency will investigate, but backed Sanders' factual advocacy for the project.

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