William Fritz, son of Cheshire's state Rep. Mary Fritz, is apparently not the only Fritz at the MaGuire Company.
(But first to recap... MaGuire was the inspection company hired for the I-84 fiasco that may ultimately cost CT taxpayers millions of dollars... not to mention that, according to the Feds, driving that stretch of highway may now be dangerous due to potential highway collapses. William Fritz was the Lead Inspector for MaGuire on the job. He is now being sued by AG Blumenthal in relation to the debacle. Also see this week's Herald for a good synopsis, including their "spot on" editorial.)
Anyway, I was over on the North Haven Info blog and came across this interesting post on the relationship between one of their local political races and MaGuire executives (posted by Robert Wechsler). He wrote:
four Maguire Group employees have already donated to the "Kopetz for First Selectman" campaign: John Treichel (VP, but listed as "engineer"), Alan Asikainen (VP of the water resources division, but listed as "engineer"), James Fritz (executive VP, but listed as "engineer"), and Sebastian Amenta (VP, but listed as "engineer").I was curious. Of interest to me was what I found when I googled "James Fritz Maguire." According to that webpage, there is a "James Fritz" who works for McGuire and lives in the zip code 06489... Southington. And this website lists an Executive VP of the Maguire Group with the name "James Fritz."
Does Maguire employ a James Fritz of Southington as an Executive VP?
Then I clicked Whitepages, and saw only one address in 06489 / Southington with a "James Fritz." He lives at 39 Carrier Ct... also living at that address is a Carolyn Fritz. Peoplefinders.com lists a Carolyn Fritz of Southington (age 57) with two possible relatives named James Fritz (ages 58 & 34).
Is James Fritz (of the Maguire Group) related to Carolyn Fritz?
The Carolyn Fritz of 39 Carrier Court has donated to state Rep. Mary Fritz' election campaigns. As well, a Camille Fritz of Cheshire has donated to Rep. Fritz. (click on images to enlarge):
I then googled "Carolyn and Camille Fritz" and found that state Rep. Mary Fritz has two sisters-in-law named Carolyn and Camille (cga website).
Is this the Carolyn Fritz of 39 Carrier Court, Southington?
Does Rep. Fritz have a brother who works as an Executive VP at the Maguire Group?
If so, is the I-84 fiasco a Fritz family affair... with Maguire employing both a nephew as the lead inspector and an uncle as an Executive VP?
Unlike many other state legislators, Rep. Fritz does not appear to have yet made any public statements regarding the I-84 debacle... at least not on her official state website, nor during (what I saw of) today's CT-N televised press conference in Hartford.
Nonetheless, I'm eagerly awaiting her plans to rectify the situation going forward, ensuring that no more of these projects go so drastically wrong. And I hope that statement comes soon. While the DOT claims there are no short term safety concerns... they no longer have any credibility on this issue. So action needs to be taken expeditiously.
Having said all that, I still can't understand why the Governor has yet to terminate DOT Commissioner Ralph Carpenter.
Also see Friday's WRA for I-84 light polls that may fall at any time (by Mike Puffer) and calls by legislative Democrats for the report on this fiasco (by Paul Hughes). I don't know much about state Sen. Don DeFronzo (D-New Britain), but based on what I know of him... I like him.