Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Investigator: Garfield Clear

An independent investigator has stated in a report that Elections Enforcement Commission director Jeffrey Garfield violated no laws when he discussed a possible settlement to part of the Moody affair with Gov. Rell's campaign manager:
The executive director of state's Elections Enforcement Commission did not violate any laws when he and Gov. M. Jodi Rell's campaign manager discussed a possible settlement to resolve campaign finance law violations by state commissioners, according to a report released Wednesday.

But the independent investigator who wrote the report said the communications between campaign manager Kevin Deneen and Jeffrey Garfield, the commission's executive director, "clearly gave rise to an appearance of impropriety."AP)

See what happened here.

So Garfield is off the hook. For that. Moody herself is still being investigated for possibly lying to a legislative committee.

Source

"Report: Elections official didn't violate laws in Moody case." Associated Press 16 August, 2006.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

GC: According to sources at the LOB, Rep. Caruso & Sen. Meyer have scheduled a press conference at the Capitol tomorrow to announce that they are going to conducting a full investigation into the activities of the independent invetigator.

TrueBlueCT said...

Has anyone seen Jodi Rell? I have some questions that I'd like to ask her.

1) Does it bother her that so many CT residents have no health coverage? (including kids.)

2) Is it right that a $300,000 house has to pay property taxes of $5,000 in one municipality, but only $3,000 in another? Does she have any plan to redress CT's tax inequalities?

3) What does she propose to do about Fairfield County's traffic woes?

4) Are CT's wealthiest families over-taxed, under-taxed, or is their current burden right where it should be? How is the current state estate tax hurting the rich?

5) Does she regret not having finished college? How many credits is she short for her degree? Any plans to go back for her diploma?

6) Did her son Michael get his job on his own? Does she understand that it looks like nepotism to so many of us?

7) When Rowland was in prison, did she visit him? Has she met with him since his release?

8) Does she rememeber the first time she met John Rowland? What was their biggest accomplishment together?

9) What are her ideas about way to stop the mass exodus of CT's twenty-somethings? Does she have any plans in terms of affordable housing?

10) In her two and a half years in office, what accomplishment is she most proud of? Civil Unions? The public funding of campaigns? Etc.

Who is Jodi Rell? I mean I know she's not John Rowland, and that like my mother she had breast cancer. But really, what makes her tick, what does she see as CT's biggest problems, and what are her plans and ideas about how to address them?

Please tell me Jodi isn't in hiding. Tell me she's not deathly afraid, like George Bush and Joe Lieberman, of John Q. Public and our pesky questions. Tell me she has some clue, some small ideas, some meager plan for making CT the great state that it should be. Please?

P.S. I forgot about pre-kindergarten education. Will somebody please ask her if she thinks the State should invest in our most disadvantaged kids?

Anonymous said...

TBC, I suggest you get a ticket to the inaugural ball in '07

Anonymous said...

I saw Gov Rell at Carmen Anthony's in Avon the other night.

Therewas a buzz in th eplace... you'd think it was Sandra Bullock... everyone was fawning over her.

She was very warmly received by everyobe (I'm a Wethersfield Dem) and was charming. No wonder she has 80% favorability. I never met her before but she 'has it' - and my vote for sure.

She is the real thing.

Anonymous said...

What is "it"? I keep waiting to hear what it is that anybody respects about her.

No wonder Connecticut is competing so poorly, when at best our Governor has a modicum of personality.

And Wethersfield, I don't care what you might claim as a registration. If you're cheerleading for the empty suit, you're not a Dem.

Anonymous said...

Trueblue...

Your post was truly sickening in my opinion. I am as educated as anyone on this blog, but I certainly do NOT look down on people who have no gone to or finished college. As far as brining up the breast cancer issue, please just get real and have some decent common courtesy for your fellow human.
I hardly ever post and am not a right wing conservative in any way whatsoever, but your comments made me sick so I felt a reason to respond to you. Stick the issues as you had started doing in your post (health care, Pre-K, municipal taxes, etc.) and get away from your personal attacks. You just give all your fellow Left wing Nutjobs a bad name when you engage in that behavior.

Genghis Conn said...

Anonymous,

40% of Democrats will vote for Rell, according to the last Q-poll. 68% of Democrats approved of her performance as governor.

We'll see if that number shrinks, but for now it looks like there are a lot of Rell Democrats.

Anonymous said...

It's pronounced "Rellocrats."

The thing that both left-wingers and right-wingers cannot seem to understand is that the best candidate (read:winner) is not the one who can put the best policy proposals out there, or who understands public administration, or who best espouses the liberal or conservative positions. The best candidate (read:winner) is the one who can create false feeling of connection between themselves and the voters. Reagan, Clinton, Rowland, and to a lesser extent, Rell all had it. Jodi could use the Governor's office only for the private bathroom and do nothing else for the remainder of the election and as long as she's more likeable than JDS, she wins.

But liberals and conservatives don't like it because (besides the obvious partisan reasons) there is no concrete rhyme or reason to it--you can't learn likeability.

Anonymous said...

Genghis-
If a lot of Dems like Rell, much of it is attributable to Statehouse Dems who keep saying nice things about Jodi.

The sad fact is that these Dem wussies would rather cut deals with Rowlands lieutenant, than fight for the people's agenda.

It's the remnants of the Rowland era. When the likes of Amann, Dillon, and Finch are gone, then and only then will things start trending "R".

BRubenstein said...

Anon 9:11..did you have to get a passport to go from Wethersfield to Avon?

Anonymous said...

Colbert just killed Schlesinger....hilarious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

BR-

No, but I am current on my shots....

By the way, the food was great too!

Anonymous said...

Q's up;

Joe plus 9

Rell by a country mile

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Has anyone seen truebluect? I have some questions that I'd like to ask him.

1) Does it bother him that so many CT residents are being forced to use overpriced asthma remedies due to the Democratically controlled and inspired FDA?

2) Is it right that property taxes
in Democratically controlled
municipalities are generally around twice that of Republican controlled?

3) What does he propose to do about Fairfield County's traffic woes? Does he actually think all those stuffed shirts in their leased cars they can barely afford are going to hop on public transportation of some kind?

4) Is it right that our wealthiest families numbering under 5% of the population pay over 55% of the taxes?

5) When Rowland was in prison, did he visit him? Has he met with him since his release?

6)Does he have any plans in terms of yet more gov't giveaways?

7) Does he think Bill Gates regrets not having finished college? How many credits is Gates short for his degree?

BrassBoy said...

Does it matter if she has seen John Rowland or visited him??? I bumped into him at a hot dog stand in Waterbury the other day, does that make me a bad person??? Should I be tarred and feathered???

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

Can you put tar on brass, BrassBoy? Wouldn't it slip right off? I mean, I'm just asking ... ;-)

TrueBlueCT said...

ACR--

1) I have no idea what you are talking about here. Tell me more.

2) CT's cities bear the burden of poverty. It's expensive. Plus city kids aren't in private schools. However, you're dreaming if you think taxes are higher in cities b/c of corruption and mismanagement. There is plenty of corruption in CT's towns, and cities are forced to manage their budgets well. You should spend more time on this and think outside of your stereotypes.

3) At some point the traffic needs to flow. If I were Governor, I'd spend some of my political capital for tolls. Whenever the highways are clogged, I'd make it expensive to get on them, particularly for solo drivers. Then I'd take the toll money and use it for better public transportation. (and oh yeah, basic highway improvements would help.)

4) I don't know where you get this figure, but if it's true, yes, I think it's right. That's b/c the wealthiest 5% is getting the lion's share of the country's total income. Many of these richie riches inherited more money than you and I could ever spend. So yes, tax them hard. They can afford it.

5) I would have loved to visit Rowland or to have a cup of coffee with him now. It would make a great story. But I wasn't Rowland's Lt. Governor and confidant of ten years plus.

6) Govt giveaways? Dude, your living in the past. The Democrats' hand-out days are over. Been over. But did you see the deal Rell made with Cabela's? The government gave the retailer almost $20 million!

7) Bill Gates is a genius. Governor Rell, on the other hand...

You see ACR, I'm not scared of questions, and I'm not scared of debate. Your guys are, and it's quite telling.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

TrueBlueCT said...

1) I have no idea what you are talking about here. Tell me more.

FDA wants to ban over the counter inhalors.


2) CT's cities bear the burden of poverty. It's expensive. Plus city kids aren't in private schools.

Nonsense.

However, you're dreaming if you think taxes are higher in cities b/c of corruption and mismanagement.

Waste; and the fact that Dems have too many constituencies to keep happy and that results in over spending.

3)If I were Governor, I'd spend some of my political capital for tolls.

Great let's give up a few hundred million in federal money so you can have your toll roads.

4) I don't know where you get this figure, but if it's true, yes, I think it's right. That's b/c the wealthiest 5% is getting the lion's share of the country's total income. Many of these richie riches inherited more money than you and I could ever spend. So yes, tax them hard. They can afford it.

Where do you get this stuff?
The VAST majority of the country's wealthy earned it themselves. Most millionaires are blue collar. The number one vehicle for people worth over a million is the Ford F series pickup.

5) Govt giveaways?

Massive healthcare which is what you want at the expense of CT's Ins companies?

Great we need some higher unemployment numbers to get all those minority members out of the gas stations right?

6) Governor Rell, on the other hand...


Really? We (the GOP) shouldn't have won diddly last year but thanks to Jodi the anti-Rowland stuff gets no traction and right now more towns are run by Republicans than at any time in the past 50++ years.

Guess what happens this year?

Thanks to the Dems being so cooperative and nominating the two they did, we'll pick up at least 10 house seats and a few in the senate as well; 3 that I can think of right off the top of my head.

Thank you Jodi Rell.

Oh, by the way - Lieberman will easily hold his seat too.

JD will be so weakened by Rell that he could be in trouble in New Haven later.
She'll mop the floor with him.

Malloy will survive to fight another day; Lamont will never be seen or heard from after Nov. and JD will probably wind up out of office altogether in the long run.