The first day of legislative hearings into events surrounding a campaign fundraiser for Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell produced few facts and got bogged down Wednesday by protests from the GOP, which claimed the process was unfairly partisan and unnecessary.
"I still do not know why we're here and doing this now," said Rep. Livvy Floren, R-Greenwich, the ranking Republican on the legislature's Government Administration and Elections Committee.
[Rell campaign treasurer Luigi] Vasquez's appearance came after the bipartisan committee battled for about four hours over the rules, procedures and scope of the hearings. Republicans offered numerous amendments that died on party-line votes. (AP)
What are they up to? Is this about precedent, as Rep. Robert Farr (R-West Hartford) said, or about something else? Is this about Democrats steamrolling Republicans, or Republicans obstructing an investigation?
I tend to suspect the latter. The public has a right to know why, for example, elections enforcement director Jeffrey Garfield sent an email to the Rell campaign containing a proposed settlement to the Moody fiasco.
Procedure and precedent are important, this is true. But the fact remains that these hearings wouldn't be happening if there wasn't something to investigate. Republicans should cooperate.
"Legislators launch hearings into Rell campaign fundraiser." Associated Press 10 May, 2006.