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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

DOT union spokesman: Marie wasn’t God’s gift to the agency

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Matt O’Connor, communications director for CSEA SEIU, the union representing about 1,000 of the Department of Transportation’s 3,000-plus employees, said tonight that just-departed DOT Chief Joseph Marie didn’t live up to expectations. Retiring Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who hired Marie in 2008 to fix the beleaguered agency that had suffered from lots of turnover […] [Read More]
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I guess there really isn’t any job security in state government

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The big news today is Department of Transportation Commissioner Joseph Marie’s abrupt resignation to, according to Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s office, “pursue long-term employment opportunities and spend more time with his family.” Marie in a phone interview posted earlier on this blog confirmed that to be the case. It’s a fact that when a […] [Read More]
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DOT Commish Marie says departure planned, amicable

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Nearly one year ago I blogged the following about Transportation Commissioner Joseph Marie after an interview to talk about his first anniversary on the job: —- One of the most commonly asked questions of Marie (when he was hired in 2008 by Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell) was whether he planned on staying for a […] [Read More]
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A bit more insight into the handling of a Senate candidate

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Here is an e-mail Ed Patru, spokesman for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, sent members of the media this morning. It’s notable because the McMahon camp, unlike some other candidates, is for the first time being proactive about notifying reporters of upcoming campaign stops. Republican Peter Schiff, who is mounting a primary against McMahon, […] [Read More]
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Gov candidates keep it civil, leave fightin’ words to campaign flacks

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The sparks could have really flown at today’s five-way gubernatorial debate in Stamford. Just a few days ago Republicans Michael Fedele and Oz Griebel were criticizing Tom Foley, the GOP nominee they hope to beat in August’s primary, for a Hartford Courant story about the Greenwich businessman’s/millionaire’s two prior arrests for motor-vehicle related incidents. Fedele […] [Read More]
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Lamont cool with serving one term as Governor, but won’t commit to it

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Candidates who want to be perceived as challenging the political establishment often promise they will abide by self-imposed term limits. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon, for example, has pledged to serve two, six-year terms in Congress and then she’s out. Although that might not seem like much of a promise considering McMahon will be […] [Read More]
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Dan Malloy who?

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For a debate, there were very few direct exchanges between the three Republican and two Democratic gubernatorial candidates who appeared early this afternoon at the Stamford Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. The only two candidates who acknowledged each other are the two who are leading in the most recent Quinnipiac University poll – Republican Tom […] [Read More]
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Guv candidates pledge to be accessible to media, constituents

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I won’t accuse retiring Republican Governor M. Jodi Rell of hiding from the media. She holds her share of press conferences and her office lets reporters know about upcoming public appearances, such as tomorrow’s 12:30 p.m. event in East Lyme to christen a new Department of Environmental Protection boat. She’s willing to take unrelated questions […] [Read More]
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Foley supporter Mitt Romney in New Canaan tonight

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Former Massachusetts Governor/former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is going to be the special guest at a private party in New Canaan this evening. A crowd of around 250 is expected, although I’m told this is not a fundraiser. I have a call in to Romney’s staff for more info. According to CNN, Romney has […] [Read More]
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Mertens to take questions on economy. When will Dick and Linda do the same?

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John Mertens, a third party candidate running for U.S. Senate, today announced that on Thursday he plans to deliver “a major address on the economy” at the Pond House Cafe in West Hartford. Mertens said the half-hour speech will be followed by a “no-holds-barred question-and-answer period.” Mertens might garner some coverage. But the reality is […] [Read More]
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