Connecticut’s corruption culture matures in the Lamont era

February 8, 2022

The Day

By David Collins

The corruption scandals that are unfolding in Connecticut are troubling in various ways, some of them even comical, if it all weren’t so serious.

It turns out, for instance, that the state’s chief prosecutor, the person we think ought to be in charge of getting to the bottom of corruption, has himself been the subject of a corruption investigation.

Yes, Chief State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo Jr., was investigated for an alleged unethical hiring of the daughter of the state official he was lobbying to provide bigger raises for himself and fellow prosecutors.

Ok, so let’s start with that, for evidence of Connecticut’s crazy corruption culture, with a corruption investigation of the state’s lead prosecutor.

And who began that investigation?

Well, oddly enough, this being crazy Connecticut, it was Gov. Ned Lamont himself, hiring a private lawyer, with public money, who produced an oral report to the governor, his client, and said its conclusions and recommendations are private lawyerly communications and not to be disclosed to the public.

The public, who paid for the corruption investigation of the state’s top corruption investigator, doesn’t get to see the final recommendations, just a report outlining the facts.

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