Twenty days to go before the primaries in Connecticut and the interesting twists and turns in the fifth congressional district continue as the state faces the real possibility that the progress of grand jury investigations will decide the races.
Tuesday, former union big wig Ray Soucy, identified by the Hartford Courant as co-conspirator number one in the Chris Donovan campaign scandal, appeared in federal court in New Haven. Everyone has clammed up as to what he was doing there. Speculation of course is that he is providing information to the grand jury as to the grand jury’s investigation of the Donovan campaign operation. Donovan’s campaign finance director has already been indicted on charges that he arranged fraudulent campaign contributions. Donovan is still the frontrunner in the Democratic primary race. Former state Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Dan Roberti trail Donovan in the polls.
Also Tuesday, the Register Citizen newspapers (Torrington Register Citizen and New Haven Register) want the city of Waterbury to release information regarding the work of former Gov. John Rowland as the city’s economic development czar. The papers filed a request with the state Freedom of Information commission seeking an expedited hearing. Rowland held the taxpayer-funded position while also hosting his radio show—fulltime—on WTIC-AM.
The feds are also interested in Rowland’s duel role as an unpaid advisor to the congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley and as a paid “consultant” for Apple Rehab, a company owned by Wilson-Foley’s husband, Brian. Early on, Rowland failed to disclose these relationships on his radio show while he hammered Wilson-Foley’s opponents.