Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The real reason for inaction on Gaffey

From the WRAs Paul Hughes:

The investigations of two Democratic senators have put Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, and his caucus in a prickly spot.

Williams and the Senate Democrats may soon have to decide whether to initiate investigations that could result in Senate sanctions against their colleagues.

The article discusses Senators Gaffey and Crisco. And the article mentions "Democrats" twice in the first two paragraphs. But keep in mind, this is the same Gang of 36 that pretended as though Sen. Lou Deluca had done nothing wrong. In fact the NYTimes described that situation by writing on June 24, 2007:

Nearly all legislators had nothing but sympathy and praise for Mr. DeLuca.

Yet Deluca was a Republican.

So what's the reality here?

As the NYTimes continues:

Why are they so silent? The short answer is that Mr. DeLuca has been an insider for decades, and, more than anything else in the government of this small state, relationships rule.

That is the root of why the State Legislature has proved so reluctant to pass laws that would deter corrupt behavior: Lawmakers are afraid that such proposals might hurt their friends — not just themselves. In addition, because state laws are so weak, Connecticut can’t effectively police itself; it is dependent on the competence and aggressiveness of federal authorities to expose corruption.

So look no further than the Deluca "non-issue" to understand Williams' confusion over concerns with Gaffey.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

Just don't let any state legislator offer you a ride home on a cold night

Anonymous said...

Your chances of seeing the inside of a federal courthouse are greater if you're a state legislator than if you're the head of the Gambino crime family.

Anonymous said...

Some people might say the Gambinos are more honorable than many state legislators.