The parallels are striking — two candidates named Chris running for Congress, a trusted lieutenant in their respective campaigns busted by the feds.
When the FBI arrested the finance director of House Speaker Chris Donovan’s congressional campaign Wednesday night, the scandal immediately spawned comparisons to Chris Shays’ last run for Congress in 2008.
Shays’ campaign manager Michael Sohn pleaded guilty to multiple counts of embezzling some $250,000 in political donations, which he spent on Red Sox tickets, a Times Square hotel, electronics at Best Buy and even a contribution to his synagogue.
Tom Swan, who Donovan brought on to rescue his campaign, announced this afternoon that the Meriden Democrat has hired lawyer Stanley Twardy Jr. to represent him.
If Twardy’s name sounds familiar, that’s because it is.
A member of Day Pitney law firm’s white collar defense and internal investigations unit who works out of Stamford, Twardy filled a similar capacity for Shays during the dark days after his 2008 defeat.
Makes one wonder whether Connecticut should replace DUI lawyer billboards with Twardy’s picture and his answering service number.