Jim Amann, bowing to public pressure and, apparently, the opinion of the entire Democratic caucus, decided not to take the job with Chris Donovan.
It’s probably the least painful way for Amann to back out of the position he and the Speaker got themselves into, by making it look like it was Amann himself who made the decision. A great quote, though:
When asked if he felt the controversy of the job offer would impact his run for governor, Amann said, “Why would that be?”
Who wants to give him a few reasons? Go ahead, I can wait.
In the end, this mess reflects poorly on the judgement of both the current and former Speaker, and it’s a rotten way for Democrats to begin the new year. The message to the public? There may be change in Washington, but there’s precious little of it in Hartford.
Next on the menu: Sen. Tom Gaffey. What will the Senate do with him, if anything? There’s also the matter, for Republicans, of former Sen. David Cappiello’s $103K staff job. Is that okay?