Reading some of the coverage of Governor Rowland’s political troubles is just weird. Christopher Shayes (R-4) claims that what Roland did was “totally wrong” but ventures that his gift-acceptence wasn’t illegal. Others, such as Dean Pagini, Rowland’s chief of staff, shadow this with observations that Rowland believes he broke no laws.
These people must know something we don’t. Shayes must know exactly what took place otherwise he wouldn’t deny legal foul play. I want to know what Shayes and Pagini know that neither The Middletown Press nor The Hartford Courant have yet to report.
The Journal Inquirer claims that much has yet to be disclosed and has been working to grab docs having to do with other gift issues–travel and work–that may prove or disprove a pattern of corruption at the state house. The JI writes:
Garber [Rowland’s lawyer] denied the JI’s request to examine all schedules prepared for Rowland by his staff, asserting, “the personal travel of the governor and his family do not relate to the public interest.”
Garber is shrewed. Because he’s right. Personal travel doesn’t matter and I’m sure the JI would agree. What does matter is who paid; that is the public’s interest, and that’s what, it would appear, the JI wants to know.
The illogic is just stunning.