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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Amann Aide Suspended

Republicans, Citing Moody, Call for Inquiry

An aide to one of the state's top Democrats has landed in trouble over a possible ethics violation:
House Speaker James Amann has suspended a top aide for using the Capitol's internal mail system to send political invitations that mistakenly ended up in the hands of Republicans.

Amann suspended Kelly Kirkley-Bey, the daughter of a deputy House speaker, for two weeks without pay Tuesday after two Republican legislators inadvertently received complimentary invitations to Amann's re-election fundraiser via inter-office mail at the state Capitol complex. The state delivery system is designed for governmental, rather than political, mail. (Keating)

Republicans, still smarting from the wounds inflicted upon them by the Lisa Moody hearings, are calling for hearings of their own.
Rep. Robert Farr, a member of the legislative committee holding the Moody hearings, said the Democrat-controlled committee should summon Kirkley-Bey to answer questions about the fund-raiser planned for July 20 at a restaurant in Amann's hometown of Milford.

"Let's get her in here and Amann's staff and talk about how they raise money," said Farr, a West Hartford Republican who is running for attorney general. "If the Democrats feel they have a conflict, Republicans can run the hearing. We'll be fair. ... If they're going to insist on having hearings on Republican issues, then we should have hearings on Democratic issues." (Keating)

Democrats responded by saying that Kirkley-Bey didn't violate election law, so no hearings are necessary or possible.

What bugs me here is that this only came to light because Kirkley-Bey mistakenly sent a few emails to Republicans, who pounced on her. What else is going on that we don't know about?

On the face of it, this seems like a violation that isn't quite as bad as Moody's original infraction. But I can't blame the Republicans for being angry.

Update: An anonymous posted has pointed out the CT News Junkie report that Kirkley-Bey has been in ethics and legal trouble before. Amann apparently gave her a warning about this sort of behavior when he hired her.

Source

Keating, Christopher. "Amann Suspends Top Aide For Letter." Hartford Courant 13 July, 2006.

28 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This also isn't Kirkley-Bey's first offense. She previously was cited for using her state phone for campaign calls. Toss in her Penney's problem, where at her second job she sold leather coats to accomplices for pennies, and her drinking/drug after hours party, hit and run accident, and subsequent flight into John Bailey's back yard to avoid the cops.
But Amann misplayed this - he is implicitly backing the Moody suspension as acceptable, even the model. He should have fired Kelly, said that such conduct is not to be tolerated, and challenged the Governor to do the same. That would have put more fire under Governor Moody's feet.

7/13/2006 09:50:00 AM  
Blogger disgruntled_republican said...

Angry isn't the word. It is total BS if they don't haul her in for a hearing. And we know she lied already, her boss even said so...

But alas, its a democrat who works for a democrat so the democrat legislature certainly won;t take this one up now will they.

I didn't have a huge issue with the Moody hearings but, suffice to say, if they don't call one here it certainly does confirm some people's suspiscions that it was all a partisan witch-hunt.

7/13/2006 09:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CTNewsJunkie is reporting that in addition to her prior run in with Elections Enforcement, Kirkley-Bey was arrested for larceny shortly after starting with Amann. He warned her then that he wouldn't tolerate any of this sort of stuff.

7/13/2006 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger Gio said...

She sounds like a bad apple...but she should be fired or whatever...the whole gotcha game that the politicians play is stupid...and why Rell will win big in November.

7/13/2006 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

Gosh ... Interesting stuff, especially in light of Chris MC telling us in the other thread how Amann is setting such a sterling example for the governor on how to handle this situation ...

7/13/2006 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

The hypocrisy of Rep. Farr calling for Democrats to grill her about this in a public hearing is comical. This guy wants to take Dick Blumenthal's job? What a joke.

The immediately preceding sound byte is him whining about the GAE doing its job, in relation to a known violation of the rules that resulted in fines.

Farr's quote is the kind of sneering, substanceless snark worthy of an unmoderated blog, not a serious candidate for AG.

And the Democratic response is simply a statement of fact.

Where was Farr's outrage over Kelly's employment prior to this incident? [cricket's chirping] This kind of low-grade tit-for-tat is all they've got? No wonder Rell ignores them most of the time.

7/13/2006 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the Republican legislators who knew about this Kirkley-Bey chick's exploits before today and did nothing...shut the hell up. You waited until it was politically expedient for your memorys' to be jogged. This woman should be CANNED so hard her rear-end hurts. I guess it's not just the rich and famous whose kids get reprieve after reprieve for godawful behavior. Anon 9:53am hit it on the head: Amann should have fired her. He has single handedly ceded any "moral high ground" on the Moody issue to call for her firing.

I also heard the arguement, well Moody is the chief of staff to a governor while this woman is but a lowly staffer at the legislature. Well, to those who like to remind people of the separation-of-powers and the separate-but-equal branches of government that our state and national constitutions provide, I would say that both of this people are on equal footing before the law.

The disgraceful, nepotistic, power-hungry, and morally bankrupt leaders of Connecticut government in both parties, who allow these types of poisons to continuously pollute our governmental institutions, need to be fired just as quickly as Moody and Kirkly-Bey.

7/13/2006 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger bluecoat said...

the comment about Ammann embracing the Moody rule is right on. Like Moody, Kirley-Bey should be dismissed for cause by her boss.

7/13/2006 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger turfgrrl said...

Amann should fire Kirkley-Bey. Rell should fire Moody. Kirkley-Bey and Moody should resign. Anything less than either of those actions perpetuates the laissez-faire accountability that enables bad behavior.

7/13/2006 11:24:00 AM  
Blogger LMcfly5 said...

Again a call for Chris Murphy to Please answer his blog! We have questions Chris on why you won't endorse Ned Lamont. If you won't do that will you at least pledge to stop campaigning with Lieberman?

7/13/2006 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous disgruntled_democrat said...

Amman is an idiot to let this situation go this far. Get it over with and fire her.

7/13/2006 11:27:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

Turfgrrl..I actually agree with you..there is hope for you yet.

7/13/2006 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger bluecoat said...

Ammann is an idiot all the time, period...he just got caught and is playing a game...

7/13/2006 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

There are enough criminals,crooks,cheats,liars,frauds,gamblers,whores,political prostitutes,druggies,grifters, and losers in BOTH PARTIES to keep us and the media occupied for many years.

PLEASE DONT INSULT OUR INTELLIGENCE BY DEMANDING THE OPPOSITE PARTY DO SOMETHING THAT YOU DONT ALSO ADVOCATE FOR THE FOLKS IN YOUR OWN PARTY.

7/13/2006 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger amazins860 said...

Chris ain't gonna support Ned just face it - he has already endorsed Lieberman and is listed on Lieberman's website as a supporter. Also, Murphy got a lot of national exposure (even though it was quick) when he was featured on Fox News campaigning with Lieberman.

7/13/2006 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger NewEnglandsRisingStar said...

Chris would be crazy to pull his support for Joe now - he will stick with him.

7/13/2006 11:42:00 AM  
Blogger IvyElitist said...

That's why he won't get much help from Progressives - we will remember this.

7/13/2006 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger BRubenstein said...

Someone please tell me what Chris brings to Lieberman anyway, other then his vote...If you look up CFIS he has never given a candidate any money..

7/13/2006 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

Murphy, whatever one's personal opinion of him, has been a growing presence in the 5th/6th since he worked for Charlotte right out of college.

Anybody with any knowledge of CT politics wanting to figure out what he brings to the table can do it with a little thought and effort.

Just to restate what someone else already pointed out, Southington fully supports him. And Cheshire's DTC is very happy to have him now.

As I've pointed out elsewhere, this ain't rocket science.

7/13/2006 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger bluecoat said...

news flashJudge Asked To Reconsider Subpoena Of Former Chief Justice 11:23 AM EDT, July 13, 2006 Associated Press

7/13/2006 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The response to the Lamont/Lieberman question on Murphy's website (via Sarah the CM):

I gotta tell you, I'm not sure how many ways I can say this, but I'll say it again: Chris is committed to supporting the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, no matter who emerges victorious from the primary.

7/13/2006 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Chris MC said... " Southington fully supports him"

ROF,L

Better chat with a few Southington Dems over coffee and in private.

The language used in reference to Murphy is usually reserved by Dems for people like Nixon; he is in fact the most loathed Dem by Dems that I have ever seen.

He's even less (as though that's possible) popular in Wolcott within his own party.

Check your facts; you're usually better than this.

7/13/2006 10:20:00 PM  
Blogger A Different Anonymous (No! Really!) said...

Funny how this thread about a Dem staffer - one who just happens to be the daughter of a Dem legislator - caught in a highly embarassing position, one painfully similar to the Moody situation, turned into a discussion of Murphy, isn't it?

Chris MC is spinning for all he's worth, but the fact remains: Kelly Kirkley-Bay used state resources to conduct campaign business (it doesn't matter whether it cost anything to go to the fund-raiser) on state time and she lied about it, and she has a record of misdeeds, not to mention a record of lying about her misdeeds, yet Jimmy Amman is willing to give her a pass. So, presumably, are those paragons of legislative virtue, Chris "Eric Cartman" Caruso and Ed "Oscar" Meyer.

Sauce for the goose, baby. Sauce for goose.

7/14/2006 12:35:00 AM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

Sh*t, at least I'm arguing with Republicans now.

;-)

ACR -
I refer you to where the rubber meets the road. Like you when things come to a certain point, I'll be simmering down now.

ADANR!-
Your point is hardly without merit. But the fact is that there is a substantive difference between what Lisa did and what Kelly did. What Lisa did is potentially prosecutable. What Kelly did isn't. That's a big difference. And if you leave her checkered past out of the discussion, the story is much less interesting. And in the absence of Lisa Moody and Jodi Rell's shenanigans, who is going to try and whip this up? [crickets chirping]

And honestly, the GOP's candidate for AG flogging this like a blogger? You guys can't be proud of that.

7/14/2006 02:50:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

ACR,
You're dead wrong. I'm a Southington Democrat and we give Chris Murphy a lot of credit for the local party being as strong as it is today. He's just what the town needed, and we're all grateful for that.

7/14/2006 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger Chris MC said...

Apparently doin' a bit o' the spin move yersef there, ACR?

7/14/2006 01:03:00 PM  
Blogger Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Jim said... "You're dead wrong. I'm a Southington Democrat"

No way you're a Southington boy if you're posting that tripe.

He's knifed everyone that ever helped him win a race.

7/14/2006 11:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about the fact that she just got recently arrested for something having to do with this entire situation? And also lost her job? Her mother may be a state rep, but that doesn't mean that her mother lives high and mighty as some of you may think....

Plain and simple...she got what she deserved...

7/21/2006 06:17:00 PM  

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