Limousine Liberal Richard Blumenthal: Grandstanding Attorney General
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Since: Jun 10
#1 Jul 20, 2010
Hearst Newspaper President Steven Swartz's Fairfield County Newspaper Monopoly Is Unfair And Unbalanced.
Hearst Editor David McCumber Continues To Give Richard Blumenthal A Free Pass Just Like The Five Other Greenwich Time Editors That Proceeded Him During The Last Two Years
Hearst Newspaper Editors At The Daily Newspapers In Bridgeport, Danbury And Stamford Also Treat Blumenthal With Kid Gloves As He Continues To Grandstand And Cost Connecticut Jobs.
There was a study focusing on what one organization feels is an abuse of power was released, naming the 10 worst state attorneys general in recent history.
All the Hearst Newspapers ignored the report that received national publicity and was discussed on cable news and talk programs across the country.
The last thing the secretive Hearst Foundation needs is litigation brought on by the power hungry Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal
To this day the secretive family trust that controls the privatively held Heart Media empire refuses to even mention the report out of fear that they will end up on the wrong side of Richard "Mr. Lawsuit" Blumenthal.
Hans Bader, Counsel for Special Projects at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, wrote the report, which names Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as the worst.
"The nation's worst state attorney general is Richard Blumenthal, a tireless crusader for growing the power of his own office and spreading largesse to his cronies," Bader wrote
Bader reported on Blumenthal's role in litigation against tobacco companies..
The report said Blumenthal steered $65 million in fees to his own allies and the associates of former Gov. John Rowland, later convicted of corruption in an unrelated matter.
It adds that Blumenthal went "through the motions" of soliciting letters from firms interested in representing the state in the lawsuit. Of the four he selected, one was his former firm, another's partner was married to a partner in the first firm and a managing partner in the third served as counsel to Rowland.
Blumenthal is also bashed for a lawsuit he filed on behalf of several other states against out-of-state utilities for allegedly contributing to global warming.
"Blumenthal himself admitted that his goal was to 'shake up and reshape the way an industry does business' across the nation," Bader wrote. "Since when is that the role of a state official?"
Hearst Newspapers wont tell you that Richard Blumenthal became the prototype for hyperactive attorneys general across the country.
Not content to serve as in-house counsel for state government, he has used the office to advance by litigation what the left could not achieve through legislation.
Richard "Mr. Lawsuit" Blumenthal's has chased jobs from Connecticut and caused new business from coming to the state.
Mr. Blumenthal a taste for massive multistate, class-action lawsuits. His jurisdiction in the name of consumer protection has since known no bounds. During the browser wars of the late 1990s,
Mr. Blumenthal sued Microsoft over the marketing of Windows 98. He filed a supportive brief in a suit against Smith & Wesson that would have held gun manufacturers responsible for crimes committed by third parties using the manufacturer's products.
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Since: Jun 10
#2 Jul 20, 2010
But There Is More .....
When the collegiate Atlantic Coast Conference poached some schools from the rival Big East Conference, of which the University of Connecticut is a member, Mr. Blumenthal sued.
When subprime mortgage shop Countrywide Financial was in trouble, the attorney general piled on with his own lawsuit.
When AIG's bonuses became controversial, Mr. Blumenthal issued a wave of subpoenas. Most of these efforts went nowhere, but they did get Mr. Blumenthal in the news.
The attorney general has also used the power of the state to bully small businesses. In 2003, he sued Computers Plus Center for $1.75 million in damages for allegedly selling state government machines without specified parts.
Mr. Blumenthal issued a press release accusing the business owner, Gina Malapanis, of fraud: "No supplier should be permitted to shortchange or overcharge the State without severe consequences," he said. "We will vigorously pursue this case to recover taxpayer money and send a strong message about zero tolerance for contractor misconduct."
Ms. Malapanis was even arrested in her home on seven first-degree larceny charges.
In 2008 the charges against Ms. Malapanis were dismissed. As for the civil case, she refused to plead guilty and countersued the state for abusing its power and violating her constitutional rights.
The jury, recoiling at the overly aggressive action that ruined her business, awarded her a whopping $18 million in January. In a handwritten note on court documents, the jury foreman said the state had engaged in a "pattern of conduct" that harmed Ms. Malapanis's reputation, and cited the state's press releases impugning her integrity, some of which came from Mr. Blumenthal.
An eminent domain case involving a working quarry taken in 2004 to expand a highway in the town of Brookfield ended up in court. The quarry owners, who were originally paid about $4 million for the property, felt cheated by the state.
They sued, and Mr. Blumenthal defended the state's action, bringing in new appraisers who also low-balled the property's value. Judge Barbara Sheedy concluded the state had been "unprofessional" and "less than scrupulous" in its handling of the case, having hand-picked unqualified appraisers for the purpose of deliberately underestimating the quarry's value. The owners were awarded another $28 million, including interest payments.
This spring, the exasperated CFO of Hartford-based United Technologies Corp. blurted out that doing business "anyplace outside of Connecticut is low-cost." The company was frustrated in part by a union lawsuitsupported by Mr. Blumenthalchallenging the company's plan to close a local factory as part of the firm's response to the recession. UTCwith $53 billion in revenue last year and 26,000 employees in Connecticutis the state's largest private employer.
It's exactly the sort of company other states would love to host.
Some Connecticut's business community have quietly greeted Mr. Blumenthal's candidacy for the US Senate with relief: Anything to get him out of state.
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#4 Jul 20, 2010
this guy LIED about his OWN life experiances, and they were LIES, misspoke, for YEARS, my a*s.
if THAT does not tell you something about this mans character, then drink his kool aid and get what you deserve.....sorry to say but it's TRUE.
#5 Jul 20, 2010
I am going to vote for Linda for sentor.
#6 Jul 20, 2010
Good Afternoon America. How are you? We are your favorite native sons, and Tippy is your favorite native cat.
#8 Jul 20, 2010
It really is a shame he`s a liar. I mean I know all the close-minded, immigration obsessed freaks hate him `cause he`s a lib, but the guy actually FIGHTS for people. He`s a solid AG - too bad he`s a typical politician.
#9 Jul 20, 2010
We are going to vote for Linda for US Senator. Richard is a liar and is bad for Connecticut.
#10 Aug 13, 2010
My Vote Is For Linda.
I was fence sitting for Blumenthal but was pushed to Linda's campaign after it was reported he lied numerous times about his service in Vietnam.
Also go to wikpedia and get the low down on the "worst Attorney General in the United States" - Richard Blumenthal
Take America Back - we don't need another career politician representing Connecticut.
#11 Aug 13, 2010
It is my bedtime, and to all, a good Night. Good Night Tippy, Connecticut Sam and his Brother, Sam from Connecticut.
#13 Apr 4, 2014
he last decade has seen state attorney generals use the power of the courts to shape public policy in unprecedented ways. Among the most aggressive in litigation ranging from tobacco to guns has been Connecticut's Richard Blumenthal, though for Blumenthal this was just the warm up. Even if the ideas that he is now advancing fail in Connecticut, they provide a dire warning of what other state attorneys general may soon start trying.
In just 12 years, his office has ballooned in size, more than doubling its budget from $13 million to almost $27 million and increasing the number of cases completed by 65 percent. Yet, despite this growth, Blumenthal has gone so far into actions previously reserved for other parts of the government that he often neglects the real duties of his job.
On August 9, the Connecticut supreme court checked Blumenthal for overstepping his authority. The court unanimously ruled that Blumenthal's jurisdiction is largely limited by state statute to representing state agencies and officials in lawsuits brought by or against them, although the attorney general had claimed broader powers.
Unsatisfied with his traditional role, Blumenthal had gone after the administrator of an academy accused of mishandling state funds. The court noted that it was up to the Connecticut commissioner of education, not Blumenthal alone, to bring the case.
Blumenthal has received harsh words before. For instance, last December, New York state's highest court found that Blumenthal's office was "mishandling" and making "missteps" in a paternity case. The Connecticut Law Tribune reported that "the direct criticism by the court raised eyebrows in Albany . "
The state supreme court pointed out in its decision two weeks ago that the attorney general's office had been established in 1897 because of the inefficiencies in having "each state agency and department [retain] its own legal counsel." But in July, the Connecticut Law Tribune reported that because his staff was so busy, the attorneys in Blumenthal's office "will no longer serve as counsel to state boards or as counsel to agency staffs . "
Worse, not only is he abrogating his role to advise, represent, and defend the state of Connecticut, his office is now suing the state. The high-profile case involves Cross Sound Cable Co. and represents an unprecedented power grab. Blumenthal sued to stop a cable being laid between Long Island and New Haven on environmental grounds. The suit was brought against the Connecticut Siting Council, the state agency that approved the cable. Just as in the case decided by the supreme court, Blumenthal filed the lawsuit in his own name, not on behalf of a state agency charged with these policy decisions.
#14 Apr 4, 2014
Blumenthal claims that there is precedent for state agencies to sue each other, and indeed there is when lines of authority conflict. Try as they might, legislatures cannot foresee all possible conflicts. Courts step in to determine not who made the "correct" policy decision, but who has the actual authority. What Blumenthal wants, however, is something quite different. Instead of having legislators resolving policy differences, Blumenthal would make himself and the courts the final arbiter over policy.
The grab for power also crosses ethical lines. Two of the law firms that Blumenthal contracted with to sue the tobacco companies were run separately by his former law partner and his partner's wife. Blumenthal's defenders claim that other law firms simply didn't want the job. In a Connecticut Law Tribune article, however, a few lawyers disagreed, one complaining that "we didn't ever get a meeting" with the attorney general's office and another saying that his firm wasn't included despite agreeing to the state's contractual terms. Blumenthal's former partner, David Golub, acknowledged, "I know how it 'looks' he's my former partner ..."
Yet, whatever the concerns about Blumenthal giving a contract to a former partner, where did he get the authority at the time the contracts were negotiated to commit the state to pay private attorneys a sum then estimated to be more than $250 million?
During 12 years in office, Blumenthal has grown arrogant. People in and out of state government are afraid of him and are scared to publicly speak about their experiences. The state supreme court has better uses of its time than to monitor the behavior of an out-of-control attorney general.
John Lott is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
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