Bpt. Ethics Commission takes up/tables Walker complaint. Shhhh!!!

Shhhhhh. Can you keep a secret?

I’m not supposed to know this under city statutes, but Wednesday Bridgeport’s Ethics Commission took up the conflict-of-interest complaint ex-U.S. Comptroller General David Walker filed last week against City Council President Tom McCarthy, D-133.

Walker thinks McCarthy has a conflict-of-interest serving on the council and working in the city’s labor office.

You can read his complaint here at the Only in Bridgeport website.

The commission entered into executive session around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday to privately discuss an undisclosed complaint (Walker’s. Shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!).

City Attorney Mark Anastasi and John Bohannon, a lawyer who does some work for Bridgeport, were there to defend McCarthy’s and any other municipal employee’s right to serve on the city’s legislative body.

Technically the charter forbids it. But the charter, Anastasi has said repeatedly over the years, is trumped by Connecticut law – a law that state Rep. Jack Hennessy, D-Bridgeport, with Walker’s support, tried unsuccessfully to change during the just adjourned 2013 session of the General Assembly.

After executive session the Ethics Commission voted to table the undisclosed complaint (Walker’s. Don’t tell anyone!!!!!).

What happens now? Well, under statute Walker won’t have a chance to appear before the Ethics Commission in person. He filed the complaint and the city got its day in court to respond.

It might be interesting if McCarthy was asked to show up at some point.

But as critics of the Ethics Commission have pointed out, that body does not have the resources to conduct truly thorough and independent investigations. In fact the commission is staffed by Anastasi’s office.

In this corner … Daaaaaaaavid Waaaaaaaalker!!!


And in this corner … Toooooooom McCaaaaaaaarthy!!!


Brian Lockhart