O'Rourke Cleared

State Rep. James O’Rourke has been cleared in the death of a woman in Rocky Hill over the winter.

The chief state’s attorney decided that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge O’Rourke in the death of Carol Sinisgalli. O’Rourke was the last person to see her alive after she left his car, without shoes, more than a mile from her home in freezing weather. She was found frozen to death the next day.

And that’s probably the end of it for now.

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24 responses to “O'Rourke Cleared

  1. AndersonScooper

    I know you ‘wingers will be disappointed in this outcome.

    But you should read the full accounting of what happened via the link Genghis provided.

    And then those of you who smeared Rep. O’Rourke should simply apologize.

  2. And then those of you who smeared Rep. O’Rourke should simply apologize.

    I’m not disappointed in the outcome. There was an ostensibly proper investigation, and it turned out that they couldn’t charge him with a crime. All I wanted was an investigation and, if warranted, charges.

    Don’t forget lines like this, however…

    “While one can discount what Mr. O’Rourke told the police, it is not permissible to conclude that the opposite of what he said is true, absent independent evidence.”

    That’s saying that O’Rourke wasn’t innocent, he just wasn’t guilty.

  3. I know you ‘wingers will be disappointed in this outcome.

    The fact that — to you — this is in some way a partisan issue speaks far more about you than anyone else.

    You have a great deal of growing up to do.

  4. You don’t have to be a fan of this guy to recognize that this was the right result.

  5. And then those of you who smeared Rep. O’Rourke should simply apologize.

    Yeah; right after we apologize for claiming Ted Kennedy killed anyone in 1969.

  6. Mr. Reality

    You’re right! I apologize and encourage anyone who ever finds themselves in a situation like that use good judgement and walkaway. What great news!!!

  7. The fact that — to you — this is in some way a partisan issue speaks far more about you than anyone else.

    Red Five,

    You have got to be kidding. I have been reading for months from conservative bloggers that O’Rourke raped the woman and held her head down in the snow. Now, that he’s cleared it not about politics?

    Lets face it, O’Rourke has been effective in bringing down corrupt, right-wing Governor John Rowland and has been an outstanding advocate for consumers, the environment and working people. You guys are heart-broken that he’s been vindicated. All of the far right bloggers (and spokespigs for the GOP – such as Dan Lavallo and Chris Healy) who have been calling him a murderer should apologize to O’Rourke.

  8. All of the far right bloggers (and spokespigs for the GOP – such as Dan Lavallo and Chris Healy) who have been calling him a murderer should apologize to O’Rourke.

    Yes indeed, we’ve been simply awful and as you can see we’re quite ashamed of ourselves.

  9. Lets face it, O’Rourke has been effective in bringing down corrupt, right-wing Governor John Rowland and has been an outstanding advocate for consumers, the environment and working people. You guys are heart-broken that he’s been vindicated. All of the far right bloggers (and spokespigs for the GOP – such as Dan Lavallo and Chris Healy) who have been calling him a murderer should apologize to O’Rourke.

    I’m sorry, where did Chris Healy call him a “murderer”? The Chairman sounded the bell for an investigation — which even you must concede was appropriate — but not once did I ever hear him call O’Rourke a “murderer.” Talk about getting your facts right.

    Also, Mrs. Sinisgalli excluded, what has O’Rourke done for “consumers, the environment and working people”?

    (Besides, I don’t know anyone who would consider John Rowland “right wing.”)

  10. Healy and Dan Lavallo have definately used the word murder. Look harder.

    What has O’Rourke done for the consumers, the environment and working people? Thanks for the question. O’Rourke was the lead consumer activist in passing the lemon law and used car lemon law. O’Rourke was the lead in the General Assembly in pushing for regulation of the “filthy five” trash burning plants in our state. Most of all, as a union activist, I got to see O’Rourke fight against the 1993 attempt by greedy insurers to destroy workers’ compensation legislation. He also worked with the late Rep. Tercyak (R-New Britain) to push for legislation to keep corporations from sending CT jobs overseas.

    I love that the right-wing has now disowned John Rowland. He was a leading national conservative and one of George W.s best buddies. Now, you guys don’t know him – some loyalty.

  11. The truth is, if O’Rourke exercised better judgement, the dead lady may still be living.

  12. Healy and Dan Lavallo have definately used the word murder. Look harder.

    Where? When? Any references?

    What has O’Rourke done for the consumers, the environment and working people? Thanks for the question. O’Rourke was the lead consumer activist in passing the lemon law and used car lemon law. O’Rourke was the lead in the General Assembly in pushing for regulation of the “filthy five” trash burning plants in our state. Most of all, as a union activist, I got to see O’Rourke fight against the 1993 attempt by greedy insurers to destroy workers’ compensation legislation. He also worked with the late Rep. Tercyak (R-New Britain) to push for legislation to keep corporations from sending CT jobs overseas.

    O’Rourke has pushed for increased income and corporate taxes, which have actually sent Connecticut jobs overseas. Nice try.

    I love that the right-wing has now disowned John Rowland. He was a leading national conservative and one of George W.s best buddies. Now, you guys don’t know him – some loyalty.

    I’ve only met John Rowland a few times, and he remains one of the most gifted Connecticut politicians we’ve seen in the last 200 years. However, he betrayed the public trust, was convicted for doing so, and served an appropriate sentence for his crimes. Let the man live in peace.

  13. AndersonScooper

    ACR, this excerpt is from this past CTLP thread:

    ACR // May 1, 2009 at 2:23 am ·

    Further –

    1.) Healy is not a public servant and is employed by the party not the voters.

    2.) Healy, unlike Ted Kennedy or James O’Rourke, has never intentionally or otherwise – murdered anyone.

    3.) The Dems are rumored to have had layoffs at their state headquarters, we have not.

    Don’t you think you owe O’Rourke an apology now that the police have cleared him of any crime? For a man of such honor an integrity to falsely accuse someone of murder… Well, it warrants a public correction, even if you lack the decency to actually apologize.

  14. Kingfish, your comment:

    “Most of all, as a union activist, I got to see O’Rourke fight against the 1993 attempt by greedy insurers to destroy workers’ compensation legislation.”

    I have no comment about Rep O’Rourke. I do take some issue with your workers’ compensation statement.

    I too was an activist back in 1993. I was active in helping to bring some reasonable changes to a worker’s compensation system gone wild. The compensation system in CT was one of, if not the costliest in the entire country at the time.

    The fight to get that system straightened out was not lead by “greedy insurance companies” or by many companies like mine to “destroy workers’ compensation legislation”. We fought that fight because we were trying to save the jobs for the hard working people of this state who didn’t abuse a system that over time had become designed for abuse.

    At that time, as it is today, this state was hemorrhaging good paying manufacturing jobs. Same issues,high cost of doing business because of, taxes, power costs, high cost of labor, poor infrastructure, etc, and on top of all that a workers compensation system that was being abused, and costing (at least) my company huge sums of money. I am talking very, very, very big bucks!!

    We had no interest in, nor was any attempt made, to deny benefits to any worker honestly injured on the job. Our only interest was to greatly reduce the abuse of the system, and by doing so reduce it’s cost.

    For what it is worth to you a union activist, I as a vice president had two choices. I could just look the other way and continue to ship jobs from CT as fast as possible down south, or out of the country to escape those costs. Or, I could work with my peers, the Governor, and those in the General Assembly who would listen.

    Rather than to take the easy way out, I chose to try to bring about the fair reforms needed that would help us better manage this system, while help protect those workers who where unfortunately injured on the job, as well as their’s, and everyone else’s job at the same time.

    It was only because of the positive changes we were able to make then to that system that allowed me to retain many more jobs for my company here in CT, rather than to continue send them out of state. I view that not just as jobs saved for the employee, but for their families as well.

    I should also add a much of the money we were able to save was not just paid out to the stock holders as dividends, or sent to the bottom line as increased profits. A decent amount was also spent on making the changes needed to make the work place safer and avoid accidents that could be avoided. Those investments resulted in even more savings, and an even safer work enviroment.. It was a positive spiral.

    If any of this makes me look like a greedy corporate big shot in the eyes of a union activist like yourself, then let me say I am not just proud to be one, but also quite happy to be viewed that way.

  15. Don’t you think you owe O’Rourke an apology now that the police have cleared him of any crime?

    Cleared???

    Why?
    Is Carol Sinisgalli alive?

    From the NBC link:
    “The known actions of Mr. O’Rourke do not establish that he was the proximate cause of Ms. Sinisgalli’s death,” Murphy said.

    Murphy also said the state would have had to prove that Sinisgalli’s death……

    Failure to proceed is nothing other than; “..we can’t put together a decent case so there’s nothing else we can do…”

    He’s no more innocent than Ted Kennedy – and every bit as despicable.

  16. Dear Right-wing Shut-ins:

    To Jack Dobb, I offer the following, “And not only has a budget been ignored, so have ethics violations by two high-ranking Senate Democrats and a sticky situation, involving a Deputy Speaker of the House, who could be part of an alleged murder investigation.” This is a quote from Dan Lavallo’s “Talk of Connecticut” editorial of June 18, alleging that O’Rourke might have committed murder. It took me 30 seconds with a run of the mill search engine to find this. As usual, Dan’s timing is perfect.

    To ACR, Healy was a lobbyist for the tobacco industry while working for Updike, Kelly and Spellacy, was he not? According to the state’s attorney’s office O’Rourke is innocent of wrongful death let alone murder. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Medical Association, the American Lung Society and the American Cancer Society Healy is at least guilty of being an accessory to murder.

    To Al, you beg the question that you are a greedy corporate big shot for working to make the suffering of injured workers worse. You even say you are proud and happy to be viewed as such. I agree that you certainly are greedy. I have dealt with several injured workers whose lives have been made more difficult because of the 1993 workers’ comp deform. One sticks in my mind – a heroic state police officer involved in a face to face gun battle with a grocery store robber. The officer killed the robber in self defense. He then suffered a mental breakdown. Yet, your workers’ comp deform changed the law so that he could not rightly receive workers’ comp to assist him through a mental break due to a work related trauma. He and his family were left to tough it out alone due to your actions. Be proud and happy. You cite two courses of action that you could have taken. Hey, perhaps there was a third – work to cut excessive corporate executive salaries that have risen from 20 times the pay of the average corporate worker in the 1970s to 400 times today – far in excess of the cost of workers’ comp. But, no, that would mean that you would have to forgo some profit and show some patriotism. That would be too much of a price for you to pay.

  17. To ACR, Healy was a lobbyist for the tobacco industry while working for Updike, Kelly and Spellacy, was he not? According to the state’s attorney’s office O’Rourke is innocent of wrongful death let alone murder. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Medical Association, the American Lung Society and the American Cancer Society Healy is at least guilty of being an accessory to murder.

    I am a tobacco company employee, an asthmatic, and holder of the 1983 Tobacco Institute Golden Leaf Award – the highest award in the industry.

    Follow the money.

    There’s more money in peddling anti-smoking drugs than there is in tobacco.
    Figure it out.

  18. Kingfish,

    Certainly I agree that when changes are made to benefit the whole sometimes a few do pay a price. This simply is not a perfect world

    I won’t try to reason intelligently with someone as closed mined as you seem to be, beyond agreeing that there are as many greedy corporate types out there as there are greedy union bosses.

    I was privileged to work for a President who was willing to let me try to work these reforms so we could help those who grew our company keep their jobs, rather than allow those who were abusing the system to cost them their jobs. That meant that he was willing to allow me to leave millions more on the table in other areas by staying here in CT. I guess that counts for nothing in your myopic union activist mind even thought these were union jobs I saved.

    You talk about patriotism. I talk about stopping abuse to save jobs. There would have been no need for reform if there was no abuse. Patriots do not abuse, they sacrifice. I suggest you ask your self who was greedier, and who was really responsible for your heroic state police officer’s suffering. Those who sacrificed and worked to reform a system filled with abuse to save jobs, so they could continue to provide benefits like health care to those families. Or those greedy people who’s actions forced those changes because they thought only of themselves and abused a system designed for abuse.

  19. bumbershoot

    I don’t care about Jim O’Rourke’s politics. The fact is that people in this country are innocent until proven guilty. There was never so much as a shred of evidence that this guy did anything wrong — and there were tape recordings verifying his version of what was was going on in the car.

    I am not a union activist. I’m not part of the Professional Liberal group. I don’t care what he’s done for good or for ill as a legislator.

    He’s done nothing wrong, he’s been vindicated by prosecutors, and his political enemies should leave him the heck alone. It’s simple decency, for one thing, and respectful of the legal system, for another.

  20. Don’t you think you owe O’Rourke an apology now that the police have cleared him of any crime?

    He’s no more innocent than Ted Kennedy.

  21. Al,
    I’m surprised to hear a supporter of rugged individualism say a few must be sacrificed for the good of the masses. Seems I’ve heard that somewhere before. That’s certainly not a philosophy that I agree with.

    I’ve worked in private industry and as a unionist. It is cheaper to insure a union head than a corporate head. Simply put, the insurance industry feels their is a greater chance of malfeasance from a corporate official than a union one. In fact, its cheaper to insure a union head than a clergy member.

    You imply that the average person receiving workers’ comp commits fraud. There is no proof of that whatever. It’s a pretty cruel charge. Considering that our global economy has recently been brought to its knees by corporate fraud and greed, it is also an amusing one. And as for corporations trying to save jobs in America, I don’t think you’ll get any takers.

  22. You imply that the average person receiving workers’ comp commits fraud.

    He has implied nothing of the sort.

    He has pointed out how a few large fraudulent claims can (and do) cost everyone and can cost enough to motivate a manufacturer to relocate thus costing local jobs.

  23. Kingfish,

    “You imply that the average person receiving workers’ comp commits fraud. There is no proof of that whatever. It’s a pretty cruel charge.”

    Of course there is no proof of that. Because the average worker was not the cause of the problem. The average worker was as much the victim as anyone else. If you will, please point out where I specifically made that claim, or even implied that this problem was caused by the AVERAGE person on worker’s comp. A rather clumsy attempt on your part at putting your words, into my mouth.

    While your at it, where did I say a few MUST be sacrificed for the good of the masses. What I said is sometimes when changes are made a few do pay an unintended additional price after those changes are made. I didn’t say that was a requirement for positive change.

    You would make far better arguments if you resisted the temptation to misrepresent what other’s are saying when you try to make your point. You’ll find that if the facts support your claims you won’t need to do that.

  24. To Jack Dobb, I offer the following, “And not only has a budget been ignored, so have ethics violations by two high-ranking Senate Democrats and a sticky situation, involving a Deputy Speaker of the House, who could be part of an alleged murder investigation.” This is a quote from Dan Lavallo’s “Talk of Connecticut” editorial of June 18, alleging that O’Rourke might have committed murder. It took me 30 seconds with a run of the mill search engine to find this. As usual, Dan’s timing is perfect.

    Read what Lavallo wrote again. Go ahead. Read it. He said that a Deputy Speaker of the House could be part of an alleged murder investigation.” Setting aside the minor fact that he actually was being investigated for his role in the death of a woman (which could result in a variety of outcomes, ranging from murder to no charge), nothing in Lavallo’s comment said, “O’Rourke is a murderer.” For the record, one of the many definitions of the word “could” is “used to indicate possibility.” Therefore, Lavallo’s comment was 100% accurate.

    Also, let’s not forget, my original comment was, “I’m sorry, where did Chris Healy call him a ‘murderer’?” I don’t even know who Dan Lavallo is (and I don’t care, either) but I do know you and your run of the mill search engine haven’t found any instance where Chris Healy called O’Rourke a murderer. If you do, let me know, because I haven’t found any, either.

    Do us all a favor and take a break from the computer today, OK? To think that you call us “shut-ins”…

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