Monday, July 10, 2006

Hamzy: Stop "Witch Hunt" of Moody

William Hamzy, Republican state representative from Plymouth and former state chair of the Republican Party, had a piece published in the Courant today:
It became clear that the hearings were little more than a partisan witch hunt aimed at bringing down an enormously popular governor when the committee flatly refused to expand the hearings into similar ethical lapses by Democratic legislators.
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Because Moody had indicated in her testimony that she "did not fully read and ... absorb" the memo, some Democratic leaders are demanding that Moody resign or be fired. Others are saying that a perjury investigation by Chief State's Attorney Christopher Morano is necessary.

As Moody's attorney has pointed out, she has not denied reading the memo. She has simply indicated she is unfamiliar with its contents - which considering that she has read and edited thousands of memos over the years, is not an unreasonable statement.

That hardly amounts to perjury.

Could Lisa Moody improve her interpersonal skills? Yes. Does Lisa Moody have trouble dealing with subordinates? Yes. Is she corrupt? The answer is no. (Hamzy)

According to her testimony, which is, for the record,
"My testimony is I did not read and memorize that memo."
she actually did deny reading the memo. Since it's pretty obvious that she did read it enough to suggest changes, she either has an absolutely terrible memory or she lied under oath to a legislative committee. One is a bad quality for a chief of staff to have. The other is one of those things that should get you fired and slapped with a hefty fine.

This isn't a partisan witch hunt. The legislature has a right to expect those speaking before it to tell the truth, especially if they are under oath. The public has a right to expect the officials of its government to be free of corruption.

Hamzy says that Moody is not corrupt. I say that we haven't yet determined if she is corrupt, and that the legislature has the right and the duty to do so. It would be nice if the Democrats in the legislature policed themselves with such zeal, but the fact that they don't doesn't mean that the case against Moody isn't legitimate.

It is especially crucial in light of the ethics scandals of the past decade that we determine the truth of this matter. Let's get to the bottom of it.

Sources

Hamzy, William. "End Partisan Witch Hunt." Hartford Courant 10 July, 2006.

Lender, Jon. "Memo's Changes Point To Moody." Hartford Courant 1 July, 2006.

30 comments:

bluecoat said...

Hamzy is spinning with his conclusion. Of course, Moody is not corrupt. The question on the table is was she truthful before the GAE?

Derby Conservative said...

GC- I have to say that your decent into the lefty abyss is concerning a lot of people in the CT political blogosphere. Even the CT Post said in an editorial yesterday that these hearings are unnecessary and partisan. (Sorry no link...yesterday's editorials are not online yet.)

bluecoat said...

the impeachment hearings and special prosecutor investigations into whether or not Clinton lied to the Congress never should have gone on either.....because there is no law against getting a BJ from an aide in the Oval Office as long as it is given freely as it always was...

The True Gentleman said...

I disagree with you on this topic, Genghis Conn. While I stand by some of my earlier comments in other threads that I think Ms.Moody should resign (because she is the Chief of Staff, has admitted to the fundraising violations, and should not bring the appearance of impropriety to the Governor's office), I disagree with you that this investigation needs to continue. I'm just not sure what more the GAE thinks they are going to uncover. If they are looking at political campaign corruption, it cannot be limited to this incident. Both sides are losing the PR battle in this and it is only going to hurt the state more than help it. If the Dems want to open up the hearing to ALL allegations of campaign fundraising violations that would be a different story.

The True Gentleman said...

And bluecoat, you just did what you accuse Hamzy of...spinning...(this has nothing to do with the Clinton impeachment hearings and bringing them up is another version of spin).

bluecoat said...

TG: I was adreesing DC's spin; there is new information in this investigation by the GAE - it is the marked up draft memo that nobody had access to during the hearings - Moody needs to respond to its existence before the GAE and if you cut through all the spin that is what Caruso and Meyer want to know about...and you're right, Rell and Moody could and should end this but so far they have chosen not to..

The True Gentleman said...

Bluecoat, DON'T spin my words. I never said that Governor Rell should end this because there is nothing for HER to end. I simply put forth that I think Ms. Moody should have tendered her resignation after she admitted to the fundraiser violation that led to her 10-day suspension.

Genghis Conn said...

TG,

I do think that the investigation still serves a purpose, although, as I said, it would be nice to see a little more zeal when it comes to investigating other Democrats, as well. Moody should at least explain the marked-up memo.

The True Gentleman said...

Ok, but what will an explanation of the marked-up memo reveal? That she lied? That she couldn't remember that she saw it? I just don't know what the end game is that is different than where we are now.

Genghis Conn said...

The end game is the problem. This should have ended with Moody's resignation in December, like you said. But it didn't. So now what it looks like is that the legislature's putting pressure on the governor to force her to resign or fire her, or drag Moody (and Rell) through the muck again.

bluecoat said...

TG: very good questions...that could all be answered by Moody before the GAE as long as she continues to choose to serve at the pleasure of the Governor...

The True Gentleman said...

So the end game IS a partisan attack on the Governor...which is why this continued investigation is so transparent and has been ignored by most of the public.

Genghis Conn said...

But on the other hand, there's strong evidence of some actual wrongdoing on Moody's part, and it is still legitimate for the legislature to investigate it.

bluecoat said...

there is a memo marked up by Moody - it's significant - but I wouldn't call it strong evidence that she's done something wrong - she deserves the chance to answer to the GAE about it...she either lied about her past actions or just didn't take the ethics stuff that was on the top of Jodi's public relations campaign all that seriously...

Griswold Dem said...

Moody is the only chink in Rell's armor. Seldom do you have a lone problem with the remedy so clear. If Moody cares at all about Rell, what Rell is trying to do, and whether Rell remains the Governor, she should not tender her resignation (because I'm sure that Rell can't imagine Life without Lisa)...she should tell the Governor she is leaving. Period. And yes, there are those of us Democrats who still like Rell and would like to support her in November, but this sort of imcompetence rivals our own Democratic candidates.

BRubenstein said...

GC..i think you should leave the legal interpretations to the lawyers...Moody said that she didnt " read AND memorize" the momo....meaning...she could have glanced at it..made renditions...and didnt committ anything to memory...i just hate it that im giving her a pass on this so far...but i am if you take her words literally.

FatGuyInMiddleSeat said...

When will we have Zero Tolerance for law-breaking on the part of our elected officials? We couldn't get Ganim out of office until the U.S. Marshals took him away. Similarly, Rowland, et al.

With the exception of a few pockets (Bridgeport and Waterbury, especially), this used to be a good government state. How did it become Rhode Island?

Patricia Rice said...

I remember a lot of people who were afraid to go after John Rowland. Why give Rell a pass? This needs further investigation and Chris Caruso is the right guy for the job.

The True Gentleman said...

Patricia, don't you mean the committee is the right "guy" for the job? No one person is the "right guy" when it is a GOVERNMENT investigation. To sya otherwise is just another display of partisan rethoric.

Anonymous said...

keep it up...
The more ink in the Courant for Moodygate, the less for issues voters care about. Not hard to figure out why the Democrats haven't held the governor's office in decades.
Come to think of it, is there still a primary for governor or just for US Senate?

Patricia Rice said...

True Gentleman: No. I do mean Chris Caruso. Chris is the co-Chair of the GAE and as a "leader" I put my faith, trust and confidence in him. I know he will not back down or be intimidated.

AnonAndOnAndOn said...

Okay, so I'm the only one who thinks it's funny that Hamzy finally got to call MLM a witch in the state's largest daily, and say that she has trouble with subordinates???

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

The True Gentleman said... "
I simply put forth that I think Ms. Moody should have tendered her resignation"


She's offered it.

Considering the weaselfest (ie: Eleff) that surrounded Rowland it's understandable that Governor Rell want's one person nearby that she trusts absolutely.

Unfortunately this rather hollow, stupid oversight by Lisa has been picked up by Dems that clearly can find NOTHING else to try and hang on the Rell administration.

The whole thing (including some of Lisa's actions I'm sorry to say (but I'm sure she'd agree)) is dumb.

I pray the average voter is bright enough to know bad politics when they see it.

Caruso strikes me as over the edge and apparently strikes the voters in his own district the same way.

Chris MC said...

"As you know, I was formerly a supporter of John DeStefano. Since the convention, I have consulted with the town committee people in my [Democratic State Central Committee] District. Over two thirds are supporting Dan Malloy. After careful reflection and consultation with my fellow Democrats, I am proud to endorse Dan Malloy." Audrey Blondin officially announced tonight to a crowd of party activists and supporters as Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate Mary Glassman and Gubernatorial candidate Malloy looked on. "In politics, your word is everything. Dan Malloy is a man of honesty and integrity, who keeps his word. That is what the Democratic Party needs to lead it, and that is what the State of Connecticut needs in its Governor."

Taking the floor, Malloy said that Litchfield County's support will put Malloy/Glassman over the top on August 8th, and on August 9 Democrats across the state will come together, and the people of Connecticut will elect a new Governor, because they know it is time for a change. "And come November 9, Jodi Rell will wake up and read the paper and say how shocked and dismayed she is to find that she is no longer Governor." Malloy finished, to loud laughter.

Financial numbers are out, too. DeStefano/Slifka raised approximately $380,000 in the quarter just ended. Malloy/Glassman raised some $650,000. "We have $1.2 million dollars to spend winning this primary over the next four weeks," Malloy said.

Brassett said...

BR is correct. A completely reasonable intrepretation of Moody's testimony is that she read the memo but did not commit it to memory.

The True Gentleman said...

ACR,

I hadn't heard that Ms. Moody had offered her resignation. If she did (which I believe you that she did) than all we can do is sit back and wait for Captain Caruso to finish his partisan fishing expedition.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

The True Gentleman said... "I hadn't heard that Ms. Moody had offered her resignation."

Maybe the press doesn't know it either.

That is however what she told me outside the convention in New Britain when I ran into her on my way back from a coffee run at any rate.

The True Gentleman said...

Interesting, ACR, That adds a new dynamic to my thought process...

Anonymous said...

Lisa Moody needs to GO But The Rell People are so worried the minute she goes that Jodi Rell is in trouble. I am sure there is some Rowland Hack who needs a change of scenery or let her stay in office The longer she stays the better it is for Dan Malloy becoming our next Governor.

Conservacut said...

Usually, it is the subordinates who try to save the boss's job, not the other way around. This co-dependent relationship would be revealed for what it is with some healthy competition