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.
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.
Hamzy, William. "End Partisan Witch Hunt." Hartford Courant 10 July, 2006.
Lender, Jon. "Memo's Changes Point To Moody." Hartford Courant 1 July, 2006.