Editorial: CT Gov. Lamont and conflicts of interest

December 2, 2021

The CT Post

By the Hearst Connecticut Media Editorial Board

Gov. Ned Lamont is getting questions about the state’s investment in a COVID-testing company with ties to his wife, Ann Lamont. Actually, the Lamonts took pains to do the right thing in this case. But the questions will continue as long as the state’s first couple have a hand in business.

Here’s a little background:

Mrs. Lamont is a venture capitalist whose firm favors health care and financial services startups. It invested in Sema4 of Stamford in 2019, before the world had heard of COVID. The state had already loaned millions of dollars to Sema4, during the Malloy administration, to lure it to Connecticut.

Then came the pandemic. Gov. Lamont declared a public emergency in March 2020. Soon hospitals were full, COVID tests were taking a long time, and the state was looking for local laboratories to run them quickly. Among those that qualified was Sema4. It became the fourth company to sign a contract with the state.

State officials say that neither the governor nor his wife were involved in Sema4’s selection or in the contract negotiations. Indeed, the Lamonts had come up with a plan, shortly after Ned became governor, to stay out of such deals. Their plan got the blessing of the State Board of Ethics in May 2019.

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