Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Garfield Deletions May Reopen Fundraiser Hearings

State elections enforcement director Jeffrey Garfield deleted relevant sections of the report his agency submitted to the General Assembly, according to the Hartford Courant. Apparently the unedited version was slipped in with a bunch of "supplemental documents," and was not among the documents originally given to the legislature.

Here are a few of the deletions:
Investigators told Rell that Moody solicited the wife of a lobbyist (George is married to a lobbyist). Rell has proclaimed that her campaign will not accept lobbyists' contributions.

When Moody handed out invitations for the Dec. 7 fundraiser to subordinates in the governor's office, she allegedly said: "I am not giving you the strong arm, but I am."

Former gubernatorial ethics counsel Rachel Rubin said she warned Moody that it was wrong to hand out invitations at the Capitol. Moody said Rubin merely told her to "be careful" about giving an invitation to a staff member she had reduced to tears moments earlier. Garfield cut Rubin's version and left Moody's in. (Lender)

This may force the Marco Polo hearings back open, especially since there's evidence in the article that Moody may have seen the unedited version of the report.

In fact, the hearings should reconvene. Then Jeffrey Garfield and Lisa Moody should both be put out to pasture.

Source

Lender, Jon. "Deleted Scenes Add To Drama." Hartford Courant 21 June, 2006.

19 comments:

bluecoat said...

GC concluded succinctly:In fact, the hearings should reconvene. Then Jeffrey Garfield and Lisa Moody should both be put out to pasture. only I would say that Rell should get rid of Moody now if she wants to be true to her promise instead of protecting her close friend who did her and the people of CT wrong...

ctkeith said...

Rells Promises,Just like her word,are not worth any more than Rowlands promises and words were.

Grandma is really the wolf just like in little red riding hood.

A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

And she's coming to ... eat ... YOU ... UP!

bluecoat said...

Rell is not Rowland or a wolf; she is a consumate compromise politician slow to move, slow to react and not real fond of significant change or risk...she's a legislator not a CEO...

BRubenstein said...

If Garfield gave the Legislature deleted evidence he should be fired...

CTObserver said...
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CTObserver said...

Sorry to comment back on the Leiberman/Lamont race, but even the Washington Post is getting on Joe's case. Here and here.

KerryGuy said...

Garfield's M.O. is to work with interested parties on draft agreements prior to submitting the agreements to the SEEC. This is nothing new, and nothing he wouldn't do for any other elected person of either party involved in a complaint. His testimony at the first hearing acknowledged that he contacts the staffs of the legislative caucuses when election issues arise. In fact, the statute setting forth the powers and duties of the Commission (9-7b(a)(5))provide that they shall "attempt to secure voluntary compliance, by informal methods of conference, conciliation and persuasion" in connection with election law violations. They are not a court, and the loose rules they operate under permit, even encourage, these friendly attempts to make election complaints go away.

He is nothing if not fair. And we are talking about draft versions of the agreement, draft documents that are not subject to FOI.

The hearings were a political circus that the public really didn't care about. This doesn't change it. As for Garfield, he played by the rules that existed at the time he settled the case. If they want to change the rules to make his agency more formal in its' processes, then do it. If they aren't going to do it in a special session, then there is no urgency in dragging this hearing on into the summer. The purpose, despite the claims to "get ideas for legislation", is simply an attempt to grab headlines.

BRubenstein said...

Kerryguy...you are sending us a smokescreen here....he was commanding by an independant branch of government to produce evidence....evidence which the newspaper says was deleted by him willfully..meaning...he intended to deceive a branch of government, as a civil servant..and for that deception..if proven..he ought to be fired

BRubenstein said...

CtObserver..Joementum continues to be disgraceful...no wonder he can't command the loyality and support of a majority of us real democrats.

TSCowperthwait said...

I might agree with you, BRubenstein. If there is one thing that I cannot tolerate, it is allegations of obstruction of justice and/or making false statements. However, I would want to read the actual request for documents before deciding whether or not drafts were part of the actual request (which I imagine they were since they were subsequently turned over as inadvertently withheld before).

bluecoat said...

Garfield maybe all the good things everybody says about him but I think this was the first time he's been called to account for what he does and how he does it, he didn't do too well at least on the surface so far...

I'm Not Harry Reid said...

Leiberman to vote AGAINST both Democratic Resolutions in the Senate! Hartford Courant.

Patricia Rice said...

Harry: It's nice to see that we have a Senator that will always do what he believes to be the right instead of what is popular. It takes a lot of character to stand by your beliefs.

Although I disagree with Senator Lieberman's position on the war I agree with him on so many other issues. Over all, he has been a great Democratic Senator.

Patricia Rice said...

Time for snow white to give Garfield & Moody the Booty. Did John Rowland really ever leave office?

Republican's were talking coat tails a few months ago. My bet is in a few months they will be doing all they can to hold on to the Governors office.

Genghis Conn said...

People have to start paying attention for that to happen, Patricia. So far this scandal hasn't touched Rell, which is pretty amazing seeing as it surrounds her entirely.

AnonAndOnAndOn said...

a different anonymous:

For meritorious commentary... and now for quoting The Chicken Heart... intentionally or not... you are officially my hero.

Mr X said...

Bruce...I can't believe im saying this But I actually agree with you about Mr Garfield. If he deleted stuff from the testimony he gave at The Fundraiser hearings then he must be fired immediately.

CT Keith...You are right also Jodi Rell's word isnt worth anything She is just like Rowland and basically most everything she has done is a continuation of The Rowland Years and how could she not know that the corruption was going on I don't buy it for a minute.

Also there are too many of The Rowland Hacks:George Gallo,Ross Garber and others still involved in Government


Bluecoat: Lisa Moody should be fired I thought that from Day one. Until a change is made in the Leadership things will never change.Yes Jodi is being loyal to a friend rather than the people of CT.

bluecoat said...

sarge:I had said she/Moody should go way back when too....and she/Rell was wrong to clean house only by sweeping things under the rug, hiding them in the cabinet and the stove while aal the while keeping the bathroom door closed....like I did in college when i had grown up guests or a date..