Live Blog with Lt. Governor Michael Fedele

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Lt. Gov. Fedele commenting on CT Local Politics

Lt. Governor Fedele joins us from Hartford today, and will be talking with us for about an hour. Please join me in welcoming him to our site!

As usual, let’s keep questions civil and courteous–although it’s obviously fine to disagree and ask the hard questions.

Lt. Governor Fedele, welcome!

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85 responses to “Live Blog with Lt. Governor Michael Fedele

  1. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    Hello everyone. Sorry I’m a liitle late today but official duties called. I look froward to “chatting” with you this afternoon.

  2. Genghis Conn

    Welcome! I had a quick question passed on to me from someone who couldn’t make the liveblog:

    1) Does Jodi support the NL Development Corp.’s recent request for state aid (they are asking for another $7.8 million; they have already spent $75-80 million in state funds). 2) What is the timeline for action on this request? Will it come up in the forthcoming special session, assuming the legislature ever passes a budget?

  3. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12203″]Welcome! I had a quick question passed on to me from someone who couldn’t make the liveblog:

    1) Does Jodi support the NL Development Corp.’s recent request for state aid (they are asking for another $7.8 million; they have already spent $75-80 million in state funds). 2) What is the timeline for action on this request? Will it come up in the forthcoming special session, assuming the legislature ever passes a budget?

    [/quote]

    I’m not 100% sure of where the Governor stands on your specific issue, however I believe she is pleased that the legislature has taken a step in the right direction with passing the new Eminient Domain Bill this session.

  4. I’ve heard that a special session has been scheduled; if the Democrats couldn’t get anything done during the regular session, what can they do in the special session?

  5. Welcome Lt. Gov, it’s good to have you join us cyberbloggers. I got a question for you: Are we going to see a Gas Tax Holiday? It’s my understanding from reading a previous blog the Republicans proposed it, but the Dem’s don’t want it.

  6. Will the governor veto the in-state tuition for illegal immigrants bill?

  7. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12205″]I’ve heard that a special session has been scheduled; if the Democrats couldn’t get anything done during the regular session, what can they do in the special session?[/quote]

    Hopefully with our guidance pass a tax and spending plan that calls for “no” new tax increase and controls “out of control” spending.

  8. Mr. Reality

    Please advise her to veto that illegal immigrant bill. Please!!!!

  9. I think in fairness to LG Fedele… you can’t expect him to offer the Governor’s opinions (although he may know them). He can only offer his own opinions.

  10. Where do you stand on the medical marijuana issue? My understsanding is that the governor is hesitant to support it because she wants it to only be available for terminally ill people.

    That logic just doesn’t make sense to me. The point of having medical marijuana is to relieve pain from an illness or disease. Therefore, is her argument that you should only relieve pain if you are going to die within a short period of time, and if you are not going to die then you should live with that pain? I don’t get that logic. Can you please explain that for me? Thanks!

  11. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12206″]Welcome Lt. Gov, it’s good to have you join us cyberbloggers. I got a question for you: Are we going to see a Gas Tax Holiday? It’s my understanding from reading a previous blog the Republicans proposed it, but the Dem’s don’t want it.[/quote]

    Again at the end of the session Wednesday, the Dem’s still did not like our Gas Tax holiday along with capping the gross receipts tax on gas. My hope is that during this special session we will be able to re-introduce both of these items and bring “immediate” relief to our citzens at the pump.

  12. Welcome Gov.

    With the Democrats calling for the progressive income tax all session and now the Speaker of the House basically saying that it is a dead issue, do you see this as a victory for the Gov and the Republican party in the budget talks?

  13. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12207″]Will the governor veto the in-state tuition for illegal immigrants bill?[/quote]

    My sense is that she will however I have not spoken to her about the bill since it’s passed.

  14. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12212″]Where do you stand on the medical marijuana issue? My understsanding is that the governor is hesitant to support it because she wants it to only be available for terminally ill people.

    That logic just doesn’t make sense to me. The point of having medical marijuana is to relieve pain from an illness or disease. Therefore, is her argument that you should only relieve pain if you are going to die within a short period of time, and if you are not going to die then you should live with that pain? I don’t get that logic. Can you please explain that for me? Thanks![/quote]

    This is a difficult issue because I believe no one wants to see a love one or friend suffer when they are ill. However, there are a number of prescribed drugs that currently provide relief of pain without having to legalize marijuana.

  15. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12214″]Welcome Gov.

    With the Democrats calling for the progressive income tax all session and now the Speaker of the House basically saying that it is a dead issue, do you see this as a victory for the Gov and the Republican party in the budget talks?[/quote]

    I believe yes. I also believe that its a victory for all of our citzens because we will be able to provide the services that they expect and need without having to dig deeper into their wallets!

  16. Have you or the governor attended any of the budget negotiations so far, or do you plan on attending them?

  17. JustShutUp

    Gov, I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude for holding the line on taxes during the budget negotiations…would you call this entire legislative session a victory for the Republican party in CT considering the fact that the D’s have not been able to get their act together and slam their policies down the throats of the people, as they intended in January?

  18. Genghis Conn

    TrueBlue posted this in the other post, and I wanted to make sure it got posted here:

    Hi Lieut. Governor! Thanks for joining us here!

    I’ve got to get back to work, but I’m hoping you can let us know where you stand, personally on the big social issues of the day.

    Do you believe in a woman’s right to choose? And do you, like the Governor, approve of civil unions, and if so, why not gay marriage?

    Thanks in advance, and it’s really cool you’ve joined us here!

  19. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12221″]Have you or the governor attended any of the budget negotiations so far, or do you plan on attending them?[/quote]

    The Governor and I get briefed throughout the day and evening with updates. The Secretary of OPM comes to us and discusses the meetings with us. At the appropriate time the Governor will be present, however at the stage we are currently at The Secretary of OPM is well qualified to address our views

  20. Mr. Gov,

    I was wondering what you do during the off session? Since you no longer have to be in the senate?

  21. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12224″]TrueBlue posted this in the other post, and I wanted to make sure it got posted here:

    Hi Lieut. Governor! Thanks for joining us here!

    I’ve got to get back to work, but I’m hoping you can let us know where you stand, personally on the big social issues of the day.

    Do you believe in a woman’s right to choose? And do you, like the Governor, approve of civil unions, and if so, why not gay marriage?

    Thanks in advance, and it’s really cool you’ve joined us here!

    [/quote]

    I do believe in a womans right to choose. I like the Governor support civil unions and do not want the State to discrimainate against anyone. On the issue of marriage between “same-sex couples” I support the Governor’s position.

  22. Clickety_Clak

    MR. LG–the demcrats have been trying to blame republicans and the governor for their complete lack of real solutions to the critical issues facing the state this session, which I find laughable since they supposedly hold a supermajority (although I’ve found that there is nothing “super” about them). What do you think of how these supermajorities performed this session and when do you think we’ll have a budget deal?

  23. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12226″]Mr. Gov,

    I was wondering what you do during the off session? Since you no longer have to be in the senate?[/quote]

    I’m performing my other duties as LT. Gov.

    1) Working on Economic Developmentinour State to create jobs and attract and keep companies in the State.
    2) Working with the other Commisioners in moving their agenda forward.
    3) Community outreach days throughtout the State.
    4)Spending time with my family which hasn’t seen much of me the past 6 months.
    5) Watching the Yankees re-take 1st place!

  24. Clickety_Clak

    BTW—can you convince the governor to call a special session to pass the elephant bill just so she can veto it?

  25. My question is what can the Governor do to speed up the budget negotiations? Right now it feels like a standstill on both sides.

  26. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12228″]MR. LG–the demcrats have been trying to blame republicans and the governor for their complete lack of real solutions to the critical issues facing the state this session, which I find laughable since they supposedly hold a supermajority (although I’ve found that there is nothing “super” about them). What do you think of how these supermajorities performed this session and when do you think we’ll have a budget deal?[/quote]

    I agree with you. The super majority gets an “F” in the report card. The republican’s (who were in a minority) did a much better job in addressing the issues and needs of the citzens of our state. I say this not as a Republican but as someone who’s been involved in politics for 24 years in this State.

  27. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12230″]BTW—can you convince the governor to call a special session to pass the elephant bill just so she can veto it?[/quote]

    It would be more appropriate to call the session when the circus is in town!

  28. If there is over a billion dollars in the rainy day fund and a billion dollar surplus whats the Democrats logic for proposing a tax increase?

  29. Here is a comment from Republican State Committee Member ACR.

    Of course I’m backing Senator DeLuca – and I will to the hilt too.

    Anyone who knows me knows I’m never disloyal.

    Besides, what right thinking American male wouldn’t have done the same thing given identical circumstances and the opportunity?

    18 | ACR June 1st, 2007 at 7:25 pm
    ————————————————————————

    Would you have approached someone you new was “in the peripheri of the mob for help and Do you think having people of such low caliber on your State Cental committee and as your minority Leader of the Senate is in the Republican Parties or our staes interest?

  30. TrueBlueCT

    Hi Lieut. Governor!

    One more quick question. Going to a mobster for musclemen help? Promising the mobster to do everything within your power to help him in return?

    Is this really acceptable behavior for the highest ranking Republican in the CT Statehouse?

    Frankly, I am both flabbergasted and depressed at the seeming tolerance by all of our State officials. Are mob ties now no big thing in CT politics?

  31. just some thoughts…

    1) there should be consequences for elected officials when they do wrong. (this applies to Rs & Ds)

    2) there should be consequences for civil servants when they do wrong. (I-84 is a fiasco and it’s in my town, Cheshire)

    3) the unfunded liabilities should be funded

    4) Ron Paul for President! and

    5) A very sincere thank you for taking the time to visit.

  32. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12231″]My question is what can the Governor do to speed up the budget negotiations? Right now it feels like a standstill on both sides.[/quote]

    We have leader ship meetings (unfortunately some of our “D” friends do not attend). We try to expalin to them that we want to work with them in a “timely” fashion to get a budget and tax package passed. I believe as of this morning much progress was being made to resolve this issue.

  33. Lt. Gov. Fedele,

    Thanks for joining today. I’d like to echo some of the sentiments here thanking you and the Republicans in the legislature for keeping taxes steady. I don’t suspect we’ll see a legislature anytime soon that might be willing to decrease them anytime, but one can dream. Two questions, 1) Just out of curiosity, do you ever casually visit CTLP just to see what’s going on; and 2) the budget proposed by the Governor requested a 7% year over year budget increase while the Democrat’s plan proposed a 10.5% increase. Both of these seem outrageous while our state’s unfunded liabilities continue to grow. What are you doing to address the issue of these unfunded liabilities so that we don’t leave the next generation of nutmeggers laden with an out of control public debt?

    Thanks.

  34. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12236″]Hi Lieut. Governor!

    One more quick question. Going to a mobster for musclemen help? Promising the mobster to do everything within your power to help him in return?

    Is this really acceptable behavior for the highest ranking Republican in the CT Statehouse?

    Frankly, I am both flabbergasted and depressed at the seeming tolerance by all of our State officials. Are mob ties now no big thing in CT politics?[/quote]

    I agree with you. It is bad behavior on anybody’s part including members of the General Assembly.

  35. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12239″]Lt. Gov. Fedele,

    Thanks for joining today. I’d like to echo some of the sentiments here thanking you and the Republicans in the legislature for keeping taxes steady. I don’t suspect we’ll see a legislature anytime soon that might be willing to decrease them anytime, but one can dream. Two questions, 1) Just out of curiosity, do you ever casually visit CTLP just to see what’s going on; and 2) the budget proposed by the Governor requested a 7% year over year budget increase while the Democrat’s plan proposed a 10.5% increase. Both of these seem outrageous while our state’s unfunded liabilities continue to grow. What are you doing to address the issue of these unfunded liabilities so that we don’t leave the next generation of nutmeggers laden with an out of control public debt?

    Thanks.[/quote]

    I’ve not visited CLP as of yet but plan to in the future. You are correct that the spending % is high and during our budget sessions we are trying to get that % lower.

  36. And one question for you…

    Who are you supporting for President? (btw, I’m guessing that it’s not Ron Paul… but am curious if you’re even leaning toward anyone at this point.)

  37. Genghis Conn

    We’re going to keep this open for about ten more minutes, folks, so please get your questions in now!

  38. [quote comment=”12240″][quote comment=”12236″]Hi Lieut. Governor!

    One more quick question. Going to a mobster for musclemen help? Promising the mobster to do everything within your power to help him in return?

    Is this really acceptable behavior for the highest ranking Republican in the CT Statehouse?

    Frankly, I am both flabbergasted and depressed at the seeming tolerance by all of our State officials. Are mob ties now no big thing in CT politics?[/quote]

    I agree with you. It is bad behavior on anybody’s part including members of the General Assembly.[/quote]

    We’re all very happy you agree.

    Now what consequences do you think are appropriate?

  39. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12237″]just some thoughts…

    1) there should be consequences for elected officials when they do wrong. (this applies to Rs & Ds)

    2) there should be consequences for civil servants when they do wrong. (I-84 is a fiasco and it’s in my town, Cheshire)

    3) the unfunded liabilities should be funded

    4) Ron Paul for President! and

    5) A very sincere thank you for taking the time to visit.[/quote]

    I agree. We need to get our unfunded liabilities under controll. The Governor over the past 3 yrs. is the only Gov that I know that has “fully” funded the teacher’s pension fund the past 3 yrs. If we don’y get a handle on this problem our children and their children will be drowning in debt.

    I believe that whomever breaks the law should be prosecuted to the fukllest extent irrespective of whom they are.

  40. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12244″][quote comment=”12240″][quote comment=”12236″]Hi Lieut. Governor!

    One more quick question. Going to a mobster for musclemen help? Promising the mobster to do everything within your power to help him in return?

    Is this really acceptable behavior for the highest ranking Republican in the CT Statehouse?

    Frankly, I am both flabbergasted and depressed at the seeming tolerance by all of our State officials. Are mob ties now no big thing in CT politics?[/quote]

    I agree with you. It is bad behavior on anybody’s part including members of the General Assembly.[/quote]

    We’re all very happy you agree.

    Now what consequences do you think are appropriate?[/quote]

    I believe it was up to the courts to deliver the judicial punishment, and up to Sen Deluca and his caucus to decide his fate between now and next election.

  41. One major quality of life issue around the state is traffic on our highways. Can anything be done, is anything being done?

  42. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12242″]And one question for you…

    Who are you supporting for President? (btw, I’m guessing that it’s not Ron Paul… but am curious if you’re even leaning toward anyone at this point.)[/quote]

    I’ve still not made a choice.

  43. I saw you on tv the other day presiding over the senate, its seems like you have been doing that for years. What did you do to prepare for that?

  44. disgruntled_republican

    [quote comment=”12238″][quote comment=”12231″]My question is what can the Governor do to speed up the budget negotiations? Right now it feels like a standstill on both sides.[/quote]

    We have leader ship meetings (unfortunately some of our “D” friends do not attend). We try to expalin to them that we want to work with them in a “timely” fashion to get a budget and tax package passed. I believe as of this morning much progress was being made to resolve this issue.[/quote]

    Thanks Lt Governor for taking the time to join us. In regards to your comments above; Would you care to elaborate as to who isn’t attending so their constituents who may be reading can call them to straighten them out. Also, I would like to know if Leader Cafero, who is in my opinion the most in touch with where we should be headed with a budget right now, a part of the negotiations. I know that a certain someone took his ball and went home when he was a part previously; (And I don’t mean any disrespect to you or the Governor with my comments)

  45. TrueBlueCT

    Hey, thanks Lieut. Governor. This is so cool!

    One last. What happened to Property Tax Relief? Wasn’t Governor Rell’s proposed income tax increase all about more State funding of education?

    I thought that was incredible leadership on the Governor’s part, and was hopefull that CT was on the right track.

    Now you don’t hear anything about Property Tax Relief. Who screwed up on this? The Governor for not selling her plan better, the Republicans for not supporting her leadership, or the Democrats who wanted to spend and not distribute the increased revenues?

    Thanks, and I think this is the real story of the 2007 legislative session.

  46. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12247″]One major quality of life issue around the state is traffic on our highways. Can anything be done, is anything being done?[/quote]

    The Gov and legislature have passed major spending program ($4B) over the past 2 years to help in mass transit. We need to continue ongoing investments that promote mass transit, car-pooling.

  47. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    [quote comment=”12251″]Hey, thanks Lieut. Governor. This is so cool!

    One last. What happened to Property Tax Relief? Wasn’t Governor Rell’s proposed income tax increase all about more State funding of education?

    I thought that was incredible leadership on the Governor’s part, and was hopefull that CT was on the right track.

    Now you don’t hear anything about Property Tax Relief. Who screwed up on this? The Governor for not selling her plan better, the Republicans for not supporting her leadership, or the Democrats who wanted to spend and not distribute the increased revenues?

    Thanks, and I think this is the real story of the 2007 legislative session.[/quote]

    The Gov’s Property Tax plan is still in our budget that is being negotitaied at this time. Stay tuned.

  48. Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele

    Thanks to everyone. I have to go now but look forward to “chatting” with you again in the near future.

  49. Genghis Conn

    A huge thank you to Lt. Governor Fedele for stopping by today to answer our questions! I know he’s a busy guy. That will conclude the session.

  50. Total Copout Mr Lt. Governor.

    This is the exact attitude that allowed John Rowland to make this state the laughing stock of our country and to be deserving of the nickname Corrupticut.

    You and Gov Rell are proving by you actions, or lack there of,to be nothing but an extention of that very sad time in our states history.

  51. TrueBlueCT

    You know the more I think about it, the more pissed I am at Jimmy Amann, and the short-sight Republicans, for not teaming up with Governor Rell on Property Tax Reform.

    The only person who seemed committed to doing the right thing for CT was Governor Rell. That’s sad.

  52. JustShutUp

    Gee Keith, what did you want him to say? Did you want him to call for resignation on a blog? Or maybe he should have called for an angry mob to storm the Senate chamber and physically remove DeLuca…I highly doubt that you’d be satisfied with that…

    Last I checked the LG did not call for the resignation of Don Clemons for not disclosing information on bribery surrounding the Newton case to the General Assembly…if you want Lou DeLuca’s head then you should be calling for Clemons’ as well (that is if you really wanted true justice, but we all know that you would never call for the resignation of a fellow lefty left…get a life)

  53. Easy,

    I wanted him to say that the integrity of the Institution was much more important than any one man or woman and that made it an absolute neccesity that Lou DeLuca resign not only asMinority Leader but as a Senator.

    Lou Deluca was CONVICTED on monday and is currently serving a 6 month suspended sentence . He’s admitted he comitted a felony(lying to an FBI agent) but bargained his way down to a misdemeanor. If he’s allowed to remain in the Senate the institution is damaged. It’s that simple.

  54. TrueBlue,

    Gov Rell could have gotten everything she said she wanted in her budget speech. She even had 6 Dem Senators who promised they’d back her on her education proposal but she ran back to the mouthbreathers in her own party because of a silly poll and because she really stands for absolutely Nothing.

    Her legacy will be that of an accidental Governor who saw no evil,heard no evil and spoke no evil while she was surrouded by it as she continued to rock her rocking chair with her grandchild.

  55. In fairness to Keith, I’m nearly positive that following the Newton revelations, either he or TBCT called for Clemons’ ouster on CTLP.

    TB or Keith… is my memory correct?

    I tried googling it, but don’t have the time right now for an indepth search.

  56. Tim,

    that was TB.

    I didn’t argue otherwise.

    I hope Clemons feels like he has 2 strikes on him because he does.

  57. How long a suspended jail sentence did Clemons have while he was serving his constituents in the legislature? Was he a leader at the time elected by his colleagues? I didn’t know he was convicted of anything, quite frankly. I thought Ernie stepped down once convicted. In fact didn’t DeLuca always say once Rowland was convicted he should step down – and only then. Hell Rowland didn’t even stay around after he was sentenced.

  58. Malloy sees the guv’s job the same way Rell does – don’t get dirty, talk only to the press where you’re in total control and cut the ribbon!!!
    “The governor’s role is to come in and close the deal,” Malloy said. “And it seems to me these parties are so far apart. They’d like the governor to come in because it would place more pressure on her to agree with them. But strategically, the governor’s position is not unreasonable.”

    http://www.norwalkadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-governor2jun09,0,782013.story?coll=nor-news-local-headlines

  59. Thats EXACTLY why Malloy will NEVER be Governor unless maybe he’s thinking of switching parties. He thinks exactly like a Republican.

    If Ct wants a Republican Governor, which they have for a very long time, that choice is already on the ballot.We DON’T need 2 Republican choices.

  60. O’Leary said Thursday that DeLuca is a “seasoned politician” and knew very well that state law requires police to investigate reports of domestic abuse even without a victim’s complaint.

    O’Leary said that if he had truly given DeLuca the erroneous information that DeLuca claims he did, the senator could have gone elsewhere with his concerns.

    “Why not go to the state police? The state’s attorney’s office? The attorney general’s office?” he asked. But he said DeLuca ended up “going to a mobster” – and so, in the current dispute over what was said, “who has more credibility?”

    O’Leary said DeLuca and his family had expressed informal concerns, including that the granddaughter was involved with a much older man and had shut herself off from her relatives. He said they declined his offer to look into the situation.

    http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-deluca0608.artjun08,0,1080960.story?coll=hc-headlines-politics-state

    “I’m sorry that I have to keep proving that my granddaughter was a victim of domestic abuse and I went to the police repeatedly, not only I, but others, and that no one did anything to help,” DeLuca said. “Why would we continually go back if there wasn’t an issue here?”

    http://www.journalinquirer.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18448900&BRD=985&PAG=461&dept_id=161556&rfi=6

    And why did DeLuca’s grandson-in-law who was at DeLuca’s sentencing with his granddaughter and who DeLuca continues to claim abused his granddaughterhave to approve the plea deal if he wasn’t the victim?

    Come on Lou, the criminla matter was personal; we’ll give you dat. The question is what’s this business about you doing anything you can for galnte and even work for FREE. And you are FREE Lou. now – free to resign your leadership post today as far as I am concerned and then your seat if your constituents call of it or a legislative investigation shows you broke the rules of the Senate. If I were you I’d get out and save myself the anguish and furter emabarssment. It would help the state too since you are looking preety pathetic these days with your mea culpas.

  61. [quote post=”618″]Thats EXACTLY why Malloy will NEVER be Governor unless maybe he’s thinking of switching parties. He thinks exactly like a Republican.[/quote]

    Rell’s not a Republican. Anybody can check a box!!!!

  62. Toucan,

    Like it or not Rell is the ONLY Republican of any significance in this state so she DEFINES the State Party.

    This is especially btrue today since the Minority Leader in the Senate was just convicted of a misdemeanor and admitted quilt to at least 2 felonies in his plea agreement.

  63. Keith your comment:

    “Lou Deluca was CONVICTED on monday and is currently serving a 6 month suspended sentence . He’s admitted he comitted a felony(lying to an FBI agent) but bargained his way down to a misdemeanor. If he’s allowed to remain in the Senate the institution is damaged. It’s that simple.”

    I 100% agree with you, but I also say if he stays on he is guilty of far more than just further damaging the reputation of an institution that had already been very damaged by some before him.

    Let me be 100% clear I think we both agree. He has to go, he has to go now, and at least for me there is no acceptable excuse in my mind for anyone, in either party, to not demand that.

    As you say he has damaged the institution….I say he has done far more than that!!! I say he has done even more damage to the state’s reputation and IMO that goes way beyond the acceptably myopic vision of partisan party politics.

    I can agree that the first people who should explain this to Mr DeLuca should be the leaders of his own party. And they should have told him, not asked him, to do the right thing, which was, and still is, to resign now. Now if they themselves continue to be more concerned about protecting one of their own, then protecting the reputation of the very state they represent then I say we have another very serious and growing problem, and someone else must take the lead.

    Every elected official has sworn to protect the state or the country…. To me that clearly means protecting the image of the state….IMO, This has gone too far at this point. It is time that we stop saying “Keep Lou alive” so each day he stays put he just further soils the very state he is supposed to represent. It’s time we all put the state’s soiled reputation ahead of party, and demand he resigns now. I say it’s time for Republicans and Democrats to unite, and with one clear voice say:

    Mr. DeLuca……IT’S TIME FOR YOU TO GO, NOW PLEASE!!!!!!!!

  64. AL,

    I think you also know my “KEEP LOU ALIVE ” campaign was used to pressure the Republican Party but also to expose the strategy and willingness of those on my side allow this to fester.

    Hopefully the next time, and I’ll predict right now it will be very soon, one of out elected State Officials is announcing either they’re being indicted or accepting a Plea Bargain their Resignation will be delivered at the same time and that will become the SOP in our State Givernment again.

    Thanks again for your support from the beginning on this and your decency.

  65. The Sunday CT section of the New York Times calls for Senator DeLuca to resign.

    Al, Deluca’s performance was just plain wrong – it continues to hurt our state. Unfortunately – or just the reality of it – is there is a human side to this. He has no idea how pathetic he looks and sounds. I really hope someone talks to him before he embarrasses himself and his family anymore tha he already has. He chose to make this a family matter. he has nobody to balme but himeself but somebody really does need to confront him and intervene. I hope it happens soon.

    In the case of people railing against my Senator, John MCKinney, I don’t agree with that. I don’t know a damn thing about how he’s handling the situation past the podium but he’s in a rough spot right now and I happen to think he is leading. He hasn’t spun a damn thing unlike Rell and Fedele and he certainly hasn’t defended DeLuca’s actions or tried to divert attention by pointing to how others have handled similar situations. He may not be on everybody’s schedule – and things are going too slow for me – but I beleive as the second in command of the GOP Senate – and appointed to that position by DeLuca and only DeLuca – he’s doing his job. It’s toough to advise your boss it’s time to go. I wish him well, I really do.

  66. McKinneys being a wimp,

    He made it very obvious at the presser yesterday that he was just fine with the idea of DeLuca just giving up his leadership spot and hanging on to his Senate Seat.

    McKinneys already got the votes for Minority Leader and doesn’t need this albatross hanging on his neck yet he’s showing ethics means zero to him too.

    If McKinney was a man he would have Demanded Deluca resign from the Senate or he would not stand next to him at that press conference.

    SAME OLD SHIT!!

  67. [quote post=”618″]If McKinney was a man he would have Demanded Deluca resign from the Senate or he would not stand next to him at that press conference.[/quote]

    You don’t know why he was standing there silently – and neither do I!

  68. Toucan,

    The very first words out of Lou Deluca after he asked not to be interupted were ” I AM NOT RESIGNING MY SENATE SEAT”.

    By agreeing to stand at that news conference with him McKinney endorsed that decision. There is NO OTHER WAY TO READ THAT,PERIOD!

    McKinney traded backing DeLucas position to give up ONLY the leadership post for he himself getting the leadership position and it STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN.

    This is Exactly the same Rowland Model we’ve seen for years.Rells changed N-O-T-H-I-N-G.

  69. Toucan,

    To be honest I think McKinney should be skipped over for minority leader by the Republucan caucus because of his decision on this.

    That would be a way to show that something has changed in the LOB and that the SOP is no longer acceptable.Obviously they’re not going to get any signal to change from the executive branch.

  70. [quote post=”618″]I AM NOT RESIGNING MY SENATE SEAT[/quote]

    Is that what McKinney told him to say? Or did McKinney just approve his speech ahead of time? It’s going to be a long process for Lou to come out of denial. I give credit to McKinney for doing what he’s doing because he is getting criticism but not from me – he’s got my posiotion and he got it hours after DeLUca plead out. BTW,I have more than once personally criticized McKinney in the newspaper – mostly on issues related stuff – and I don’t pull punches. I am satisfied with my Senator’s performance right this minute – but that could change.

  71. Stamfordinho

    I am a Republican and I have to say the following:

    Any member of the Connecticut General Assembly who believes that s/he has leadership ability should have already formally and publicly asked State Senator Lou DeLuca to resign from the CT State Senate.

    KEEP JIMMY SPEAKER
    luv ’em do-nothin’ supermajority dems

  72. [quote comment=”12325″]I am a Republican and I have to say the following:

    Any member of the Connecticut General Assembly who believes that s/he has leadership ability should have already formally and publicly asked State Senator Lou DeLuca to resign from the CT State Senate.

    KEEP JIMMY SPEAKER
    luv ’em do-nothin’ supermajority dems[/quote]

    I think you’re correct that there is nobody in the Republican Senate Caucus worthy to be a leader of the our Senates Minority Party but someone needs to be elected by the caucus to be leader.

    Skipping over the guy(McKinney) who agreed to try to salvage Deluca for his own gain would be a good start though.

  73. No, no, no.

    DUMP AMANN.

    His performance this session was an embarassment to the Democratic Party.

    If he gave two shits, he would have gotten us same say registration, and a Senate Vacancy bill. (And he hurt Senator Dodd by not getting it done.)

    This is not to mention the legislature’s failure on Property Tax Reform, Health Care, and that abomination of an Energy bill.

    And oh yeah, did I mention that Amann is against civil unions, and a big supporter of Joe Lieberman and his war?

    If the Repubs put someone reasonable up against Amann, I will donate $$$$, and i know many other folks who feel the same.

  74. You guys have no idea what McKinney has said to Deluca privately – nor do I. Soemtimes leaders take hits by not doing what’s popular but by doing what’s right to meet an objective. it’s popular tight now to call for DeLuca’s head. I didn’t like McKinney’s first cooment when this broke but at that time he beleived DeLuca’s version – by now he’s had a chance to evaluate the info – he’s no dummy. I’d say it’s pretty clear though that the more DeLuca is pushed – by anybody including those nasty bloggers including me who posted on this extensivel as it broke – the more he will dig his heals in. The only way to get him out is to let him walk out with his head held high and right now it’s low – and he’s in a corner fighting back. The objective is to get him out – not humiliate him, folks. He needs to be shown the door but he can’t even see straight right now. Let’s not forget, he’s old shool.

  75. I must say that it is rather stunning how little the Democrats, with 2/3s in both the state house and state senate, were able to pass. You’d think that they’d pass all sorts of stuff even if Rell would veto so they could try to make political hay out of it, even if some of them weren’t really for it. I guess the problem with this, however, is that you never know what the heck Rell is going to sign and what she’ll veto. I wonder if many Democrats voted for state financing of elections because they figured Rell would veto, and then she signed it.

    I am still a little suprised that so much stuff just seems bottled up in the legislative process that the Democrats want. 17 year old voting, Senator replacement, and so on went nowhere. Is the leadership really that ineffective, or is it really easy for a small group to stop bills?

  76. Stamfordinho

    In general, I think that there should always be a lot of issues for Connecticut legislators to address. Given the current group of legislators in Connecticut, I’m one of the believers that having them do nothing is far better for Connecticut than for them to actually get anything done. In other words, what the majority of these legislators would like to see done would be disastrous for our state … in my opinion, of course.

    KEEP JIMMY SPEAKER
    love ’em do-nothin’ supermajority dems

  77. Stamfordinho

    toucan, it’s not popular to “call for DeLuca’s head” … why do you say that it is popular?

    The popular thing to do right now is to be quiet about it and talk about other things …

  78. [quote post=”618″]why do you say that it is popular?[/quote]
    every damn blogger and editorial board in the world is calling for his head; he could join them and then DeLuca would never leave; You have to beleive McKinney would love to be top dog but he’s taking care of business by not calling for blood; that’s just my perspective;

  79. Stamfordinho

    toucan, the Dems apparently want DeLuca to stay because they believe that he is an embarrassing figurehead for the Republicans and they think that it is convenient to have him stay there. So, it is not popular for Dems to want DeLuca to leave. The Republicans are trying to pretend like it is a minor issue and they are hoping that the issue fades away and will essentially be forgotten … then they will pick a new leader in due time. So, it is not popular for Republicans to want DeLuca to leave the State Senate. Again, why do you think that it is “popular” to want DeLuca to leave the State Senate? When I’ve made my comments about DeLuca needing to resign, I’ve felt like a radical (I essentially agreed with ctkeith!!! scary, scary).

    KEEP JIMMY SPEAKER
    luv ’em do-nothin’ supermajority dems

  80. [quote post=”618″]The Republicans are trying to pretend like it is a minor issue and they are hoping that the issue fades away and will essentially be forgotten … [/quote]

    The rabid right, Healy, rell and the rest of them maybe

    McKinney’s not; trust me; he’s a smart guy; if he thought it could be played back home as a minor issue he wouldn’t stand where he’s standing; I could be wrong but I am pretty good at reading political tea leaves.

  81. and to answer::[quote post=”618″]Again, why do you think that it is “popular” to want DeLuca to leave the State Senate?[/quote]

    as I said:every damn blogger and editorial board in the world is calling for his head;

  82. [quote post=”618″]as I said:every damn blogger and editorial board in the world is calling for his head;[/quote]

    Yeah but bloggers are at least being lighthearted in our attempts. Seriously, you could not make crap like this up!

  83. TrueBlueCT

    KEEP LOU ALIVE!

    A RESPECTABLE FACE, for
    A RESPECTABLE GOP!

  84. Stamfordinho

    toucan, thanks for your answers. I didn’t see your comment on bloggers and editiorial boards before my last note. I’ve seen two of the editorials which you are talking about — I’m not sure that comments from editors reflect “popular” views.

    The people whose views count are the elected leaders and I don’t agree that it’s popular among them to want DeLuca to resign.

    As for bloggers, I read from many websites every day and they all tend to focus on “national” issues with zero attention given to Connecticut’s corrupt DeLuca. Some girl from Hartford was discovered and that got national attention, but DeLuca didn’t seem to. Perhaps you review other “Connecticut” websites, but I don’t. I guess I consider the other most popular Connecticut websites to be for lefties/commies only …

  85. Stamfordinho

    Oh, I forgot …

    KEEP JIMMY SPEAKER
    luv ’em do-nothin’ supermajority dems

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