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Jon Lender: Cappiello Gets No Love From Rowland

There are 38 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Sep 28, 2008, titled Jon Lender: Cappiello Gets No Love From Rowland. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

When Republican Gov. John G. Rowland faced impeachment in 2004 for accepting favors from state contractors, state Sen.

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Joe

Waterbury, CT

#22 Sep 28, 2008
Is the Courant endorsing a Republican? This is another example of The Courant firming up its reputation as a sactimonious rag...
How bout an article on Chris 'Countrywide' Dodd (the chairman of the sen BANKING committee. Won't find any current news here that's for sure.
jorge

Marlborough, CT

#23 Sep 28, 2008
rowland is scum, i am all for crossing the aisle and doing what is best for the people of ct - but this isn't it ... rowland has done nothing but milking the people dry ... i can't help but feel that his slime-spree hasn't and will not end, waterbury is not the environment to clear ones name and become a better citizen
Mr_fixedgear

Putney, VT

#24 Sep 28, 2008
I've been a life long Republican and am proud to say, I never trusted John Rowland. After all who would want a Lobbyist as Governor. Opps, I guess plenty did.
This article only verifies my feelings. Not only is Johnnie-boy a vindictive person who sold our state to the highest bidder, he doesn't have the manhood to stand up and speak his mind. Oh well, I guess we get what we pay for.
Lets Pray

Farmington, CT

#25 Sep 28, 2008
Lets all pray that the Cappiello campaign seizes this opportunity to expose Murphy as the bottom dweller he is and show him in the same commercial as John Rowland.

Also, I'd say the Courant and citizens of CT should congratulate Cappiello for standing up to pigs like Rowland and Deluca. he should be revered as someone who had the strength to stand up to bullies like Rowland and his vindictive cronies, henchman, many mistresses and lobbyists.

I want to see a Cappiello commerical tying Rowland and Murphy. Please, please, please, please?
Old Man River

Bristol, CT

#26 Sep 28, 2008
Hey Al Terzi...

You have the right station.

I hear Murphy's supposed love child was with a a different reporter.
Donna

AOL

#27 Sep 28, 2008
I'm in agreement with most here---how does someone like Rowland ALWAYS end up [financially] on their feet while law-abiding citizens have to work so hard to keep their heads above water? It disgusts me that Waterbury has continued to embrace this man of low moral character....[but he was "saved" in prison, like all the other criminals who claim that they have "found" religion-LOL....so I guess that is OK]. Unbelievable....but fortunately this will sink Murphy as those of us who see the whole picture also see that Cappiello has taken the high road and that is VERY unusual in a politician. He certainly has my vote.
Blotto

Darby, PA

#28 Sep 28, 2008
DBC wrote:
<quoted text> Excellent post, the Courant will never tell the whole story about anything. As far as Rowland is concerned his real crime was that he was a panhandler.
Okay, take out the plane tickets part of the case against Rowland. Do you really think the feds would have accepted a guilty plea by Rowland (Dec. 2004) if they had such a strong case otherwise? The feds had no real case without the plane tickets. Rowland was bitch-slapped.

Without the free air travel, there would have been plenty of questions about Rowland's integrity and judgment, but possibly no federal case. Of the $107,000 in bribes agreed to by Rowland and the feds,$91,000 of it came from the jet company’s free flights. That’s about 85 percent.

The “plane tickets” ultimately came from a conglomeration of Loeb Partners, Uniroyal Chemical, Crompton, Chemtura, USCO, Shannon Hotel Group (Longboat Key), and a bunch of other corporate brothers and sisters that often work as one group.

The big dog here is Loeb, which happens to figure prominently in the recent federal investigation of NY State Sen. Joe Bruno, who just retired. Loeb was a big holder in an obscure upstate real estate company called Dove Interests, which - such a coincidence - happened to pay John Regan's attorney, E. Stewart Jones, a retainer after Regan effectively kept his mouth shut about an attempted abduction in Saratoga Springs by inexplicably pleading guilty. Didn’t Regan and Rowland go to school together?

It looks to me like Rowland was set up. Was he without guilt? No. But just look at the source of the free private jet flights.$91,000 out of $107,000 came from that ONE source. Which is the same source of comparatively big campaign money that caught the eye of the New York Times about 18 years ago – so much so that they ran a story on it. Out of nowhere, money comes to Rowland, the NYT reported. Story linked here: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html...

Tilcon/Tomasso contributed stuff like cottage repairs and so on that amounted to only $15,000, which is not right, but pales next to $91,000.

How come the jet company was never prosecuted? Fact: No one at the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Haven can answer that question. But look what the feds did with Tomasso.

Did someone forget how much DoD and USAF work the jet company did? Did someone forget what state agency Rowland's driver was the Director of?

Did anyone notice that Rowland's penny stock jackpot came from Edulink, the corporate child of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the huge DoD contractor?

When you talk about Rowland and his past, you necessarily must include some very large business interests and some very powerful people, many of them either in or very near large government contracts, state and federal. Including large government contractor GeoEye. Someone within or very near that company was very closely related to John Regan’s trip to Saratoga Springs. Which raises a lot of questions about the Palumbo case and just exactly how it got solved 12 year after the fact.
Blotto

Darby, PA

#29 Sep 28, 2008
Mr_fixedgear wrote:
I've been a life long Republican and am proud to say, I never trusted John Rowland...[H]e doesn't have the manhood to stand up and speak his mind. Oh well, I guess we get what we pay for.
Rowland speaks the words he is told to speak. And you don't have to look far to see who puts them in his mouth. This whole never-ending mess does not stop with country club style crimes like political corruption. It goes much, much further than that.
Pete Miller

Norwich, CT

#30 Sep 28, 2008
Seems to me that Rowland, a disgraced Governor and convicted felon, would be a "kiss of death," and Capiello is better off without his support. But in Waterbury, felony arrests and prison sentences only seem to make politicians stronger. A run-down, blue collar version of "Tammany Hall?"
Blotto

Darby, PA

#31 Sep 28, 2008
I'm not saying Mrs. Palumbo lied, but the whole story is far from clear.

Giordano gets convicted. A little later Jarjura becomes mayor and O'Leary becomes Chief, at which point O'Leary suddenly, in a flash of insight, determines that Regan is guilty in the 12 year old Palumbo case.

The Palumbo crime scene was destroyed 12 years earlier by visitors right after the crime occurred, but somehow the bed sheets survived all this time. And yet Regan pleaded guilty. His attorney? Hubie Santos: the same attorney used by Wayne Pratt, Bob Matthews, and Vinny DeRosa in the Rowland case.
Speaking of Money

New Haven, CT

#32 Sep 28, 2008
Blotto wrote:
I'm not saying Mrs. Palumbo lied, but the whole story is far from clear.
Giordano gets convicted. A little later Jarjura becomes mayor and O'Leary becomes Chief, at which point O'Leary suddenly, in a flash of insight, determines that Regan is guilty in the 12 year old Palumbo case.Also Mayor Jarjura is aligned in his Real Estate ventures with Matthews Properties, which is the brother of Bob Matthews who was/is quite involved with the Rowland Scandals, where loans and State leases were given. What "Insiider Information" is still passing about...The statute of limitations has passed on many Rowland doings but I'm sure a Whole New File is ongoing on Rowland and his corrupt bunch. It will be Sweet when he goes down again! Oh Yes! Matthews had Hubie Santos too.
The Palumbo crime scene was destroyed 12 years earlier by visitors right after the crime occurred, but somehow the bed sheets survived all this time. And yet Regan pleaded guilty. His attorney? Hubie Santos: the same attorney used by Wayne Pratt, Bob Matthews, and Vinny DeRosa in the Rowland case. Everthing is on the Waterbury Taxpayers back.
Also Mayor Jarjura is aligned in his Real Estate ventures with Matthews Properties, which is the brother of Bob Matthews who was quite involved with the Rowland Scandals, where loans and State leases were given. This is part of the Matthews Ventures Real Estate Empire..What "Insider Information" is still passing about...The statute of limitations has passed on many Rowland doings but I'm sure a Whole New File is ongoing on Rowland and his corrupt bunch. It will be Sweet when he goes down again! Oh Yes! Matthews had Hubie Santos too.
Blotto

Darby, PA

#33 Sep 28, 2008
Speaking of Money wrote:
<quoted text>Also Mayor Jarjura is aligned in his Real Estate ventures with Matthews Properties, which is the brother of Bob Matthews who was quite involved with the Rowland Scandals, where loans and State leases were given. This is part of the Matthews Ventures Real Estate Empire..What "Insider Information" is still passing about...The statute of limitations has passed on many Rowland doings but I'm sure a Whole New File is ongoing on Rowland and his corrupt bunch. It will be Sweet when he goes down again! Oh Yes! Matthews had Hubie Santos too.
Great observations!

Rowland has always been merely a puppet for another group. His campaign money came from mostly Loeb associated companies. And his free plane rides to federal prison came from Loeb. I think he was set up big time with the plane rides.

No matter what, though, the statue of limitations does not apply to all crimes.
Speaking of Money

New Haven, CT

#34 Sep 28, 2008
Sadly, because the Chamber of Commerce is a private entity, everything Rowland spends and does has NO Public oversight so FOI Act won't work...Only FBI, IRS and Connecticut Revenue Service can go in....After Bush is gone--the 2 Bushs probably held the FBI back as they Like Rowland--hopefully will get him....Rowland lives like a multi-millionaire--Where is That Money coming from??? It is almost like a Gambler, Pimp or Drug Dealer...The IRS usally gets guys like Rowland on not paying taxes......Rowlands tax returns must be something...Maybe there are offshore accounts from payoffs. Did he pay back his fines from his conviction as a Felon?...I thought he was in Violation of his Parole in his associations now?
For What it is Worth

Higganum, CT

#35 Sep 28, 2008
Blotto wrote:
<quoted text>

The “plane tickets” ultimately came from a conglomeration of Loeb Partners, Uniroyal Chemical, Crompton, Chemtura, USCO, Shannon Hotel Group (Longboat Key), and a bunch of other corporate brothers and sisters that often work as one group.
The big dog here is Loeb, which happens to figure prominently in the recent federal investigation of NY State Sen. Joe Bruno, who just retired. Loeb was a big holder in an obscure upstate real estate company called Dove Interests, which - such a coincidence - happened to pay John Regan's attorney, E. Stewart Jones, a retainer after Regan effectively kept his mouth shut about an attempted abduction in Saratoga Springs by inexplicably pleading guilty. Didn’t Regan and Rowland go to school together?
It looks to me like Rowland was set up. Was he without guilt? No. But just look at the source of the free private jet flights.$91,000 out of $107,000 came from that ONE source. Which is the same source of comparatively big campaign money that caught the eye of the New York Times about 18 years ago – so much so that they ran a story on it. Out of nowhere, money comes to Rowland, the NYT reported. Story linked here: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html...
Tilcon/Tomasso contributed stuff like cottage repairs and so on that amounted to only $15,000, which is not right, but pales next to $91,000.
How come the jet company was never prosecuted? Fact: No one at the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Haven can answer that question. But look what the feds did with Tomasso.
Did someone forget how much DoD and USAF work the jet company did? Did someone forget what state agency Rowland's driver was the Director of?
Did anyone notice that Rowland's penny stock jackpot came from Edulink, the corporate child of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the huge DoD contractor?
When you talk about Rowland and his past, you necessarily must include some very large business interests and some very powerful people, many of them either in or very near large government contracts, state and federal. Including large government contractor GeoEye. Someone within or very near that company was very closely related to John Regan’s trip to Saratoga Springs. Which raises a lot of questions about the Palumbo case and just exactly how it got solved 12 year after the fact.
Wow...some ramblings there. But, you glare over some facts. First, off Loeb Realty had eyes on the Hartford redevelopment project...hence donations to a sitting governor who also agreed. USCO and the Shannon Hotel Group are two companies owned by the same guy. So using election law financing law loopholes to make donations.
The same guy who owned Shannon also owned Flager Construction Equipment one of the largest volvo equipment dealers on the east coast...see the highway spending dollars.
As for the John Regan thing you are way off base. Mr Regan was caught in the act of the high school girl abduction by the girl's coach. He also got caught at a Walgren's developing pictures of women.
Mr. Regan was convicted to 12 yrs in jail in the New York case about one year after the abduction.(The abduction was Oct. 2005 and he was convicted Oct. 2006)
Mr. Regan allegedly assaulted a co-worker in 2004 and during the course of that investigation a DNA sample was taken. The sample was a perfect match. However, the statute of limitations had elapsed on the 1993 sexual assault charge...but the kidnapping stayed. He was sentenced to 15 years for the kidnapping charge in 2006 (he plead under the Alford Doctrine) Both the New York and CT sentences are being served concurrently.
Mr. Regan had alledgly lived a life of a true sexual predator. No conspiracies there. His trip to New York was to work on a family property. His attorney was Hubert Santos was his attorney.
Nice try though...there are conspiracies out there
For What it is Worth

Higganum, CT

#36 Sep 28, 2008
wow Mr. Blotto some ramblings there...

Here are few tidbits for you...first off to use your vernacular 'the bedsheets' did survive 12 years. The DNA samples were taken and kept until a suspect was found. In this case a sample was taken in 2004 when the investigation into Mr. Regan's alleged assault of a co-worker. His sample matched that of 1993 evidence. He was caught in the act of abducting the high school girl in New York by her coach. The coach followed Regan's van until the police arrived and arrested him. So you are right he was silent ....no need to say a thing when you are caught in the act. Many believed that Mr. Regan was in fact a sexual predator, who lived a quiet middle class life to hide his devils. He was even caught in Walgren's developing pictures of numerous women. His attorney Hubert Santos is a prominent Hartford criminal defense attorney...he is Hartford's version of Huge Keefe or Bridgeport's John Gulash. So no mileage from Mr. Santos client list can be gained.

You also realize that USCO had a prominence in Naugatuck (before it was sold to the Swiss) it was a spin off from Uniroyal. The Shannon Group is owned by the same man. Those using election law loopholes to help finance a campaign. The Shannon Group also owned Flagler Construction Equipment (the largest volvo construction equipment dealer in the east coast)...thus looking for highway construction dollars. Shannon Group was being wooed for Hartford or Waterbury development. As was the Loeb Reality.

Keep looking for those conspiracies ....the illuminati are watching
Greg in Bristol

Farmington, CT

#37 Sep 28, 2008
So what if John Rowland is supporting Chris Murphy and helping to defeat Cappiello! I would do the same. John paid his fines, did his time and lost alot. Let him support who he wants and leave him alone. Besides, have you been to Roma's for dinner, it serves awesome food. On another note: if Chris Murphy was with R.L as previous writer suggested, then way to go Chris!!!
Bill

Newington, CT

#38 Sep 29, 2008
Once a criminal always a criminal. Let's give this guy another high paying cushy job. He just doesn't get it.
If We Had Recall

New Haven, CT

#39 Sep 29, 2008
Bill wrote:
Once a criminal always a criminal. Let's give this guy another high paying cushy job. He just doesn't get it.
He does have a cushy job in Waterbury given to him as payback by Mayor Jarjura, a Democrat.

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