To the outside observer, it might seem shameless and brazen for the State Senate to reject the creation of a permanent ethics committee just days after Senator Joe Crisco was fined $4,000 for forging a signature on sworn documents and weeks after Sen. Tom Gaffey was punished with a $6000 fine for double billing the state and his PAC for travel expenses.
In fact, the average person could be forgiven for thinking that something is really wrong here.
But that regular Joe would be mistaken because shameless and brazen waited around in the State Senate until this morning, when the members of that body passed the Senate Vacancy Bill by a vote of 21-12.
CT News Junkie’s Christine Stuart – a reporter with far too few colleagues at the State Capitol – properly described the moves in her headline on the events: Senate Approves Power Grab, Declines Ethics Rule.
It remains, as described in the past, a very poor idea.