Corruption and Greed in Connecticut … When Does it Stop?
John Rowland, Joe Ganim, Philip Giordano, Ernie Newton all sentenced to prison because they had to have more: more money, more power, more "things."
When does it stop? Will it ever stop?
We just learned yesterday that two Ridgefield hedge fund managers were sentenced to 30 to 33 months in prison for bilking investors to the tune of $46 million during the height of the financial crisis, according to the News-Times.
Someone please try to make me understand the mindset of these greedy bastards!
Former Bridgeport Mayor, Joe Ganim was convicted of racketeering, extortion, bribery, and mail fraud for his role in a six year scheme to shake down city contractors for more than $500,000 in cash, meals, wine, clothing, and home renovations, the Hartford Courant reports.
He said, "I'm truly sorry" which evidently makes everything just fine.
So now, he's revving up his political machine to make another run at his old political office.
Former Democratic state chairman, John Droney was quoted as saying, "He's paid a very serious penalty for what he did, and now he wants to devote himself to the city and he is the guy to help the city."
No he's not. The reason he went to prison is because "he was helping the city."
Former Governor, John Rowland defrauds taxpayers for personal gain, resigns and goes to prison. Waterbury took Rowland back where he then earned a six figure salary paid by taxpayers through for economic development work through the Chamber of Commerce, according to connecticutmag.com.
But wait, there's more!
Rowland now enjoys a $50,000 a-year taxpayer funded pension plus living expenses. Is it the power that political office delivers. Is it the money that comes with the power?
In that case let's bring back Governor Blagojevich and/or former Waterbury Mayor Philip Giordano. Isn't there something we can do?