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Brian Lockhart covers the Connecticut General Assembly in Hartford

Uh oh. Time to retool that anti-Blumenthal ad…


Last week I wondered when voters might see Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon run an ad against Democratic opponent Attorney General Richard Blumenthal featuring a recent and pretty expensive failure on the part of his office.

That would be the case of Gina Malapanis, who in January was awarded $18 million by a jury after counter-suing the state for violating her rights and ruining her computer business with false claims dating back to 2003.

Today Blumenthal’s office announced that Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens, who presided over the original trial, slashed that $18 million award to $1.83 million, calling it a “shocking injustice … influenced by partiality or mistake.”

“We will continue fighting to overturn this verdict and cut the award to nothing,” Blumenthal said in a statement.

I understand he will spend the weekend figuring out a way to pay back the elections gods for this break after negative stories this week about his Vietnam service and a critical audit of his office.

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Brian Lockhart

One Response

  1. Fuzzy Dunlop says:

    I would hesitate to call this a “break” for Blumenthal, because there’s no reason Linda can’t run a Gina Malapnis commercial that will be just as biting as it would have been before Judge Stevens reduced the jury award. The commercial can still truthfully say “A JURY awarded poor innocent Gina Malapanis 18 million dollars” (albeit skirting the edge of full disclosure). Quite honestly, even if the judgment were overturned on appeal, there’s really nothing preventing Linda from using the “a JURY awarded” line.

    The minute that jury award came down, the damage was done.