Williams vs. the Press

This is a truly amazing exchange between Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams and several members of the press, as recorded by Ken Dixon of the Connecticut Post. If ever there was a single piece that showed why a strong Capitol press corps is so necessary, it’s this.

Here’s just a taste:

Williams: You know, from my understanding, from what I’ve been told, they did not find… they didn’t have a finding against Sen. Crisco in terms of unlawful behavior…
Reporter B: That’s not true.
Williams: Is that not true?
Reporter B: They said he violated the campaign laws.
Reporter C: Numerous state laws.
Reporter B: Numerous times, yeah.

And there’s much, much more. Go read it, it’s well worth your time.

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23 responses to “Williams vs. the Press

  1. Remarkable. Also worthy of mention that this marks the 2nd Democrat in a month to receive heavy fines from the SEEC.

  2. Remarkable. Also worthy of mention that this marks the 2nd Democrat in a month to receive heavy fines from the SEEC.

    Yup, mentioned here.

  3. Well, I guess it’s more implied there, but it’s true nonetheless.

  4. There are a lot of interesting things about that piece… the fact that Williams states that Crisco didn’t break the law when that is the whole point of the SEEC finding… the fact that Williams has done nothing to either Gaffey or Crisco who are complete disgraces to the Senate… or the fact that Williams doesn’t even know how much extra money his leaders make because they are leaders.

    Derek Slap gets paid $109,000 per year to escort his boss into that woodchipper of a press room. Good job! When the going gets tough, wet your pants and blurt out “you have to vote!” when there isn’t even a vote going on to usher him out of the room. Where do I sign up for his PR school?

  5. Joe Sixpack

    The mental image I get is the Dana Carvey cigarette executive character getting interviewed = sweating, squirrelly, directly contradicting himself with “I didn’t say that…you said that”.

    Slap screwed up huge. My guess is that is the last time Don Williams walks into the press room. Too bad, because the unintended comedy is priceless. And this guy is the best the D’s have to offer in the legislature?

  6. Next up for Slap: line up interview for Gaffey on getting your girlfriends’ son’s bill passed, and pull the fire alarm when they ask tough questions.

  7. Bruce Rubenstein

    His answers were awful….there will be no strong press coverage at the capital as they have been cutting back political coverage for years in favor of more home and garden type articles.

  8. ” Sec. 53a-157b. (Formerly Sec. 53a-157). False statement in the second degree: Class A misdemeanor. (a) A person is guilty of false statement in the second degree when he intentionally makes a false written statement under oath or pursuant to a form bearing notice, authorized by law, to the effect that false statements made therein are punishable, which he does not believe to be true and which statement is intended to mislead a public servant in the performance of his official function.

    (b) False statement in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.”

    No question Crisco’s case should be referred to the State’s Attorney. His actions certainly appear to be illegal and violated the above criminal statute. He’s innocent until proven guilty, but his actions are clearly prosecutable.
    And Williams should know this too.

  9. Joe Sixpack

    It’s not like Williams is an attorney who should know all the laws….oh wait. He is an attorney. And one who signs the same forms forged by Crisco – the ones that clearly state it is a crime to falsely sign them. In bold print. We are certainly in good hands with old Donnie.

  10. That is an interesting point Bruce. Perhaps Williams’ overconfidence in the fact that coverage of his actions is receding is making him more arrogant and willing to do what he’s doing.

    He can just do a live blog over at My Left Nuts now and again to swab the rumps of his base now and then.

    I call on Senator Williams to come on CTLP for a live blog and answer these questions!

    Slap can type for him if he needs.

  11. The New Haven Register reports that the SEEC referred the Notary to the Secretary of State’s Office to investigate if she should have her Notary Commission revoked. Seems they klnow how to refer a case if they want to.

    http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2009/05/28/news/a1_–_crisco.txt

  12. Joe Sixpack

    She absolutely should have her notary privileges revoked. Good to see some public official being held accountable in this case…..

  13. Bruce Rubenstein

    That is an interesting point Bruce. Perhaps Williams’ overconfidence in the fact that coverage of his actions is receding is making him more arrogant and willing to do what he’s doing.

    Perhaps if we were evenhanded about the wrongdoings of our respective parties things might change….Im a Democrat who thinks Williams answers were terrible…the ball Headless..is now in your court on your own party.

  14. Joe Sixpack

    Um, I’m a Republican and I think Williams’ answers were terrible, too. See, we can all get along. It’s just like when McKinney stonewalled an investigation into DeLuca’s crime and prevented the Senate from taking up an investigation. He did stonewall it, right?

  15. Im a Democrat who thinks Williams answers were terrible…the ball Headless..is now in your court on your own party.

    I fail to see your point. Is there some illegal behavior of Republicans that you have seen me be an apologist for? Not at all.

    And sixpack makes a great point. McKinney never stonewalled or protected DeLuca the way Williams is now shielding Crisco and Gaffey.

  16. Mr. Reality

    Republicans didn’t stonewall DeLuca or Rowland. C’mon. Where’s the ethics bill.

  17. Mr. Reality

    “No party has a monopoly on ethics,” continued Senator Majority Leader Martin Looney. ‘These reforms represent an aggressive ethics package–one of the most ambitious in the nation.”….YEAH RIGHT!!! What a differnce a year makes

  18. Yes, I remember it well… quite a press conference they put on. You can watch it on YouTube as well, next to videos of Martin Looney gesticulating like C3PO while rattling off Heisman winners from his ashen pie hole.

    No party has a monopoly on ethics? Perhaps. But one caucus has a monopoly on law-breakers right now.

  19. And this guy is the best the D’s have to offer in the legislature?

    Yes!

    That’s the best part of it all once you think about it.

  20. CCAG must be up at their right now fighting for the Ethics bill. Go get them CCAG, we’re counting on you to protect democracy!

    This is a career killer for Williams if he doesn’t pass Ethics Reform.

  21. Ugh! Very painful. Waterboarding without the water.

  22. The mental image I get is the Dana Carvey cigarette executive character getting interviewed = sweating, squirrelly, directly contradicting himself with “I didn’t say that…you said that”.

    Martin Short.
    Here he is reprising Nathan Thurm in an interview with Robert Kennedy, Jr.
    Classic.

  23. Joe Sixpack

    Martin Short.Here he is reprising Nathan Thurm in an interview with Robert Kennedy, Jr.Classic.

    My mental images are off – Thanks Chris for reading my small mind.

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