Jim Amann Gets a New Job

…working for the new Speaker, for $120,000 per year as a “senior adviser”.

You’ve got to be kidding me. So much for a break with the past. It begs the question: who’s running things in the House, Chris Donovan or Jim Amann?

Plus, $120,000.

They do realize how terrible this looks, right?

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31 responses to “Jim Amann Gets a New Job

  1. I know there’s not a soul who would disagree, so maybe there’s no need for me to say this, but… this is one of the most outrageous things I’ve ever heard.

  2. What really frightens me is that they do realize how terrible it looks, but they just don’t care. With a super majority in both houses they may feel untouchable. Regardless of the party, that’s frightening about any leader.

  3. They do realize how terrible this looks, right?

    Allow me to say the obvious. NO, they don’t! After the imbecility acted out in the legislature on Wednesday, what in the hell makes you think they have a grip on the problems the economy is creating in this state or their magnitude?

    Just when the masses are crying for a few less fat bastards eating all the pie they go and prove further what they are all about: passing out largess to their pals and asking the rest of us the suck it.

  4. This is crazy… and notice it is announced on a Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend — so typical of news you want to bury.

    What is Jimmy going to advise on? Movie stars?

    Sounds to me like some deal was made between Donovan and Amann.

    Why doesn’t anyone ever investigate when a former legislator is hired after their state service. I have to imagine it is primarily to boost their pension. So now Jimmy’s pension won’t be based on his $30k job but his $120k job… the cost to the state can be significant.

    This is the guy who used to sell used cars and knives. I bet he has never made $120k in his life before — and why would he, he has no skills.

  5. Forget about the price tag for a second, I’m curious to see how MLN reacts to Donovan hiring Lieberman’s long-time Crush.

    They better all cheer… or they might get crushed!

  6. This is crazy… and notice it is announced on a Friday afternoon of a holiday weekend — so typical of news you want to bury.

    Also MLK Day… so it’s a long weekend.

    We’ll need to repeatedly harp on this… not as a D / R thing… this is just obnoxious.

    Anyone know if Donovan inherited Crusher’s annual $12 million slush fund? Or did that accidentally get put in the budget cuts?

  7. Good coin for sitting around and shooting the bull with Donovan huh?

  8. This is awesome. It’s a $120,000 cherry on top of the Eat-Shit-Sundae they served us this week in the legislature.

  9. Ichabod Crane

    Terrible doesn’t cut it.

    This is obscene.

    Amann will stay on after his gubernatorial campaign flounders when he makes some egghead comment.

    Plus now his state pension will be juiced. This is the gift that keeps on giving.

  10. Can’t prove it either way, but does anybody not believe that this deal was cut before Amann announced his resignation?

  11. For once, I find I have to agree with some of my friends to the right of me, WTF? Sure, I understand about needing to take care of a spouse with health issues, and I don’t wish Rep. Amann the ill-will some of my friends to the left of me might, but this has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve heard in a long time.

  12. Wow.

    The very definition of “chutzpah”.

  13. But the best line of all is in the Day story…

    “In a brief phone interview Friday afternoon, Amann said he had considered private sector jobs before deciding to accept a job with Donovan, saying it played to his strengths and might provide more security as some private businesses shed staff.”

    Damn private businesses shedding staff!

    Having had to lay off staff this year and go without a paycheck for weeks on end – let me just take a moment to echo Aldon… WTF?
    WTF, WTF….WTF…

    this is what we all fought so hard to achieve – a veto proof margin so we could lead Connecticut in a new direction?

  14. I’m not defending Amann here, but it should also be pointed out that the Republicans this week created a new job for former Sen. Cappiello at a price tag of $103,000 per year.

    Both parties need to question their priorities IMHO.

  15. for reals,

    Your comment # 38 from the, No Salary Reduction for Lawmaker’s thread:

    Al you’re right. Chris Caruso should leave and find gainful employment in the private sector just like Simmons did, and Kathy Cook, and Rowland, and Cappiello, and Delgobbo, and….oh wait. They’re all Republicans making close to six figures if not more sucking off the govt teet. hmmmm. But yeah, staying consistent with the outrage, it really is Caruso’s 28,000 that is outrageous. And attorney’s become legislators for the extra 28 grand not because they’re independently wealthy and can afford to not work as much as the average Joe while in session. Got it. Thanks.

    Not even 24 hours after your post there and we have Gaffey and his tendency to double bill his PAC, and Chris Donovan giving a “job” to an otherwise unemployable Jim Amann at OVER for reals, not close to, but well OVER, six figures……… And you really believe your Democratic buddies are in this for “public service”? Probably no coincidence that both Gaffey and Donovan are long time representatives from the “thriving” city of Meriden.

    I don’t know exactly what you have gotten when you say “Got it” but it’s pretty clear what Jim Amann has gotten….I guess no problem here Donovan says this is in his budget…….. What Donovan fails to ever understand is that “his budget” is OUR money not his.

    Meanwhile while the Donovan and Amann break open the Dom Perignon tonight to celebrate this memorable occasion any idea just how many people in the public sector lost their jobs today at Circuit City?

  16. I’m not defending Amann here, but it should also be pointed out that the Republicans this week created a new job for former Sen. Cappiello at a price tag of $103,000 per year.

    Hmm, between the salary for Amann and the salary for Cappiello, we’re talking about around the same amount of money as the 5% paycut for legislators that the Republicans had proposed.

  17. Clickety_Clak

    I do think that the Cappiello hiring is a tad apples & oranges here….he’s not running for Governor. He didn’t stand up and give 7 different “farewell addresses” about how he was leaving the legislature to focus on his run for Governor. He didn’t hold a retirement party that required people to pay money. And he isn’t the current speaker of the House who has promised ad nauseum that “business-as-usual won’t cut it this year.” Besides, Cappiello at least knows the budget, has been a staffer before, and will work for his salary. While you may be right, GetGear, in bringing him up…I don’t think you can draw a congruency between these two.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to point out that the State of Connecticut (via the House Democrats) is now single-handedly bankrolling the Amann for Governor campaign: 1) Jim Amann, candidate for Governor, makes $120,000; 2) Bob Frankel, treasurer for the Amann campaign, is the highest-paid legislative employee at $170,000, who is being kept on the staff even though he won’t, technically, be chief of staff. You can’t make this stuff up.

  18. Clickety_Clak

    To finish my point….if Amann & Frankel are campaigning for Governor…how are they going to come close to giving taxpayers our money’s worth in their “real jobs?”

  19. Where’s PoopyScoopy? Where’s mattw? Gabe? C’mon kids, you’re the enablers of these dipsh*ts — you’re their “base” — so man up and defend this action.

    The silence is defeanening.

  20. wtfdnucsailor

    If I was a new Speaker, I would not want the previous Speaker hanging around the office. There is only one leader and the old one should ‘get out of town.’ I am very disappointed by this action of the new Speaker. It implies that he is weak and needs help, not strong. And Amann did such a great job last session!

  21. Quick! Everyone run and hide.

    CTBob is here…

    We may all end up getting crushed as collateral damage.

  22. I heard Crusher’s advisory role will be to head:

    The Office on the Status of Counterrevolutionary Bloggers

    and to form the double-secret:

    Commission to Crush Counterrevolutionary Bloggers

  23. I’m crushed that I’m going to miss Jim’s big announcement at the Kline Memorial in two weeks. I’ll be out of town for work that week.

  24. That’s too bad. You should get a bunch of MLNers there though… maybe hand out pink slips to everyone as they enter the Klein. (Get a copy of a real pink slip and fill it out appropriately)… then have a big banner wishing Crusher the best of luck… in his new $120,000 / yr job.

    Maybe even print up copies of “a newspaper” with appropriate headlines.

  25. AndersonScooper

    Red5–

    Go screw. I’m always on the anti-corruption, anti-patronage, anti-nepotism side of the fence, and you should know that.

    Fact is that after Genghis tweaked the site, I can’t load to my BlackBerry.

    And you guys are missing part of the ugliness of this here story…

  26. Go screw. I’m always on the anti-corruption, anti-patronage, anti-nepotism side of the fence, and you should know that.

    you forgot about our joint efforts on the Dump Dodd, Lose Lieberman campaign!

    Didn’t Crusher change the relatively recent tradition of remaining Speaker for 3 terms / 6 yrs?

    I wonder why?

  27. Fact is that after Genghis tweaked the site, I can’t load to my BlackBerry.

    Opera Mini. Works wonders for me!

  28. I would also like to take this opportunity to point out that the State of Connecticut (via the House Democrats) is now single-handedly bankrolling the Amann for Governor campaign: 1) Jim Amann, candidate for Governor, makes $120,000; 2) Bob Frankel, treasurer for the Amann campaign, is the highest-paid legislative employee at $170,000, who is being kept on the staff even though he won’t, technically, be chief of staff. You can’t make this stuff up.

    Bob Frankel isn’t his treasurer. His treasurer is some guy named Vito Castignoli. Here is one of his campaign filings.

  29. (also, I have no proof of this, but if I had to guess, Frankel isn’t keeping that salary anymore since he isn’t chief of staff)

  30. Clickety_Clak

    My apologies, gear….I was had forgotten that he had moved from “exploring” a run to actually running. If you look at his exploratory filings, you’ll see that Frankel was the Treasurer for most of 2008. I guess the moral of the story is that Frankel was Amann’s chief of staff at $170K per year while being Amann’s chief financial solicitor…last year.

  31. Bob Frankel isn’t his treasurer. His treasurer is some guy named Vito Castignoli. Here is one of his campaign filings.

    That’s Vito Corleone!

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