Thursday, May 18, 2006

"Pony Up, Czarina"

Former Ethics Czar: Moody Contined to Pass Out Invitations Despite Warning

The hearings into the events surrounding the fundraiser at the Marco Polo in December are continuing, although it's sometimes hard to tell. They've been lost in the manic pre-convention shuffle.

This is too bad. Some remarkable things have been said. For example, the chief of staff, Lisa Moody, said the following yesterday:
Moody further testified that ... she was not aware of a state law banning those officials from soliciting political contributions. That ban was referenced in an Oct. 19 memo that Rachel Rubin, then Rell's special ethics counsel, explained during a meeting Moody attended.

"I was not hanging on her every word," Moody said. "I was not paying attention."
...
Even though Moody's name was on the May 2 memo, she said Rubin was the principal author. She also signed an official acknowledgment, as other staff employees were required to do, saying she'd received and would obey the memo.

But, Moody testified, "I did not fully read, and comprehend and absorb this memo. ... I didn't take the time to read it - despite the fact it had my name on it. ... I made a mistake in having signed it, saying I had. ... I did not read it and memorize it. I admit that. And I was wrong not to." (Lender)

Then today Rachael Rubin, former "ethics czar", said this:
"I told her I didn't think it appropriate to hand out invitations in the office. I told her about the appearance of someone observing that might not approve, or say she was conducting campaign activities in the office ... She said that she would not do it again."
...
Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Guilford, vice chairman of the legislature's Government Administration and Elections Committee, then asked Rubin, "She did do it again, didn't she?"

"I did not observe her doing it," Rubin said, "but apparently she did." (AP)

Moody must not have been paying attention then, either. She even sent an invitation to a Rell campaign event to Rubin, with the words "Pony up, Czarina" (a reference to Rubin's unofficial title) written on it.

Don Williams asked the crucial question:
The question Gov. Rell must now answer is, 'Is it really believable that Lisa Moody didn't know what she was doing?' And if Moody is not believable under oath, can she continue to serve as chief of staff?"(AP)

Gov. Rell has restated her trust in Moody's credibility, saying that her own trust in Moody is what "counts the most."

Nonsense.

Being moral and ethical is about making hard choices. It's about putting what's right, proper and ethical above friends, family or even your own best interests. The need for members of the governor's staff to act in a forthright, ethical and upstanding manner, especially following the Rowland scandal, should come before the governor's friendship with Lisa Moody.

It's time to be stern, Governor, and make the hard choice. Moody isn't credible at all anymore, and she has either just lied or displayed an astonishing disinterest in campaign ethics to a legislative committee.

It's time for her to go. At this point, it's the right thing to do.

Sources

Lender, Jon. "Moody: `I Was Not Aware'." Hartford Courant 18 May, 2006.

"Rell's former ethics czar says she warned Moody about invitations." Associated Press 18 May, 2006.

21 comments:

disgruntled_republican said...
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CTOctaneBlue said...

This issue may not be getting a lot of press now, but I'm sure it will in October. Rell has prided herself on being tough on ethics- a necessary political strategy following the Rowland scandal. The democratic candidate for gov (I'm predicting DeStefano/Blondin) will be hammering these ethical lapses by the Rell campaign over and over again in an attempt to link Rell with Rowland. Poor campaign management may ultimately be Rell's downfall, as voters realize that she is not immune from the ethics violations that are so common in state government. And as a side note- Audrey Blondin has a flawless ethics record for the past twenty years in politics, and would be a great LG choice for JDS.

disgruntled_republican said...

OK, I am a Republican (pay attention CTBlogger, 3rd party and ctkeith).

Genghis...couldn't agree more. Time for her to go. This is unbeleivable. I will eat crow guys.

smalltowngirl said...

I'll venture to guess that it wont' be DeStefano/Blondin. Don't know who either canidate will pick - DeStefano says he's got it down to 4 - including Blondin and Slifka. My bet it is one of the un-named don't want to let the air out. As for Malloy all I know is he has not asked me - but that would put me on a the shorter list. Anybody know anything about why Mary Glassman was in the Speakers office recently. Could Sullivan be Malloy's LG - that would be wierd. What do people know about Glassman - could she be a plausable LG?

ctkeith said...

Ok DG, I agree and I want to add one more thing.

Brian Mattiello is also a Republican.He chose to NOT distribute the invitaions,Let Moody know that he thought what she was doing was wrong,Testified the first words Moody said at the meeting were "This meeting never happened" and Threw the Damn Invites in the garbage.

There are good people on both sides of the aisle.I hope they're all rewarded

disgruntled_republican said...

holy co ctkeith...

I need to mark that on my calender...lol...j/k

ctkeith said...

DG,

I lost a municipal job for speaking up at a public meeting.IT took me 4+ yrs to get that job back and more importantly, my reputation.

I was ridiculed,called an ass,told I should have kept my mouth shut and I deserved to be fired and much worse but I did what was right and what was in the interest of the people of the town I was working for(though not the 1st Selectman).

Living your Ethics isn't always easy,It's not suppose to be but in the end it's all you got.

disgruntled_republican said...

ctkeith-

Im sorry to hear that. When I was a Councilman we encoraged town employees to give their input weather we would have liked what they had to say or not. It truely is a shame when public officals on any level forget why they are there and who they work for.

ctblogger said...

disgruntled_republican

I fell out of my chair after reading you 10:24 comment.

But really there is no defense for Moody and she and Rell should be bleased that the media, Malloy, and DeStefano are focused on the convention.

I Tivo'd the entire proceeding and I'm amazed that the MSM isn't picking up on this story. This story definately has legs...

disgruntled_republican said...

ctblogger...

hope you didnt hurt yourself...j/k

And if she fires Moody as she should there is no story anymore.

turfgrrl said...

Rubin's testimony is pretty devastating. Rell cannot slide by with the "gee, I didn't know" defense. Rell made a political calculation that no one would care about the details by November no matter what came out. Rell has indicated that she values loyalty over ethics. The big question is whether she values loyalty over competence. With moody making things worse instead of defusing the issue, I think we are beginning to see the answer to that.

ALittleBitDramatic said...

smalltowngirl -

Courant seems to be backing up your guess.

Mary Glassman is a very impressive woman and would make a great candidate for LG.

stamfordpartisan said...

The Stamford Advocate has the Glassman nod on their page, too. Everything I've known about her as a local official was good, and she has an appealing style. Seems like a good choice.

I also get a kick out of the fact that Sullivan's endorsement of JDS was so effective among his friends and colleagues.

Top-n-Center said...

I agree- Ms. Moody needs to go. She is doing Chinese-water-damage to the Governor. At a minimum, her credibility seems suspect, common sense appears lacking, and judging from the quote from testimony yesterday, her attention span leaves much to be desired.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Clearly none of the other posters are actually familiar with Moody.

I have known her for 20 years and like many in the game she pays strict attention sometimes.

She's a weird blend of Mensa-like and total space shot rolled into one.

disgruntled_republican said...

ACR-

And she messed up-BIG TIME! She is a liar whether she is a space cadet or not. It is time for her to go.

Janet said...

Watching this Lisa Moody story play out just just extremely typical of the Rell administration.

You're right, turfgrrl, Rell has used the "Gee, I didn't know..." excuse for WAY too long.

It's time for Moody to go!

disgruntled_republican said...

Ray and Diane from 1080 said that Malloy has chosen Mary Glassman from Simsbury as well. She was First Selectman in Simsbury from 1991 to 1999 and is the Chief os Staff for LG Sullivan. As someone else said, a lot of good Sullivan's endorsement did JDS.

AnonAndOnAndOn said...

On Glassman:
... and I've gotta think that there's more for the Chief of Staff to the LG to do than the LG him/herself.

On Moody: This is bad. Very bad.

bluecoat said...

I heard Rell say on the news last night - as part of the Fedele theing - that she still has confidence in the credibility of Moddy. We'll see.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

>>disgruntled_republican said...

And she messed up-BIG TIME! She is a liar whether she is a space cadet or not. It is time for her to go.


Jodi is nothing if not drop dead loyal; as is Lisa Moody.

Where I come from loyalty is not a "big thing" it's the only thing. Anything less is to live a life devoid of personal honor.

-ACR