OP-ED | Scandal At Lamont’s OPM Demands Legislative Probe

February 28, 2022

CT News Junkie

By Terry Cowgill

As scandals swirl around him and threaten his legacy, Gov. Ned Lamont seems overwhelmed by the controversies and the emerging battles only a few weeks after announcing he’ll seek a second term. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the implications of the corruption threaten to bury him as he campaigns for re-election.

The recent departure of Melissa McCaw, a Lamont appointee who headed the Office of Policy and Management, was dramatic yet predictable, coming as it did on the heels of the news that her since-resigned chief deputy, former state Rep. Konstantinos Diamantis, was the target of an FBI investigation over the possible steering of school construction contracts and the state-financed reconstruction of the State Pier in New London.

But it gets even worse. The Lamont administration also disclosed that it had hired former U.S. Attorney Stanley Twardy to investigate the hiring of Diamantis’ daughter, Anastasia, for a $99,000-per-year job in the office of Chief State’s Attorney Richard Colangelo, who was lobbying Diamantis and McCaw for raises for himself and more than a dozen of his prosecutors.

Amid calls for his firing, Colangelo wisely announced his retirement. Fortunately for Lamont, no criminal charges have been filed — at least not yet — but a federal grand jury has issued a subpoena for communications involving Diamantis and relevant school construction projects.

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