As things stand now, the move to abolish the death penalty in Connecticut won’t come up for a vote in the state senate because the votes aren’t there to pass it. State Sens. Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) and Edith Prague (D-Columbia) have both flipped; supporting repeal in the past but now won’t vote for it. Both say they changed their minds after conversations with Dr. William Petit, the sole survivor of the stomach-turning, home-invasion crimes in Cheshire in which his wife and two young daughters were murdered.

Actually, Prague said more than that. The veteran lawmaker told, “They should bypass the trial and take that second animal and hang him by his penis from a tree out in the middle of Main Street.” Ouch. That Prague is so blunt about the situation might be a surprise to some, but her passion and honesty is no surprise to those who know her. The Shad worked for, and with, Sen. Prague for more than five years. She doesn’t care what people think; she speaks her mind. For that, she’ll always be a Shad Favorite. She also left the door open to returning to her prior position of abolishing the death penalty in future sessions.

State Senate President Donald Williams was quoted Wednesday as saying he wasn’t sure of the vote count. However, it certainly seems the votes aren’t there this year when the second Cheshire suspect is about to face justice. The first was convicted of multiple counts of murder and sentenced to death (by lethal injection, not by penis-hanging).