Setting a trend?
June 21, 2004 3:35 PM   Subscribe

Rowland resigns. Today Connecticut Governor John Rowland(r) offered his resignation in response to the impeachment proceedings. The investigation comes after allegations of gifts, bribery and corruption in regards to awarding Government contracts. He's the first Connecticut Governor to resign under circumstances such as these. Here's a general timeline of the events that created need for the impeachment.
posted by JakeEXTREME (28 comments total)
posted by bob sarabia at 3:53 PM on June 21, 2004

While I fully believe he should have resigned, I wonder what percentage of elected officials we'd have to impeach if we really looked into bribery.

In my experience, no small town mayor would be safe, and I'm guessing it's not too different on the state or federal level. I highly doubt that one highly-publicized case like this will do much to discourage illegal activities that have been in wide use for centuries. I'm not sure it'll be worth it to the people of CT - how many governors (not to mention our esteemed president) won't give preference in government contracts for being wined, dined, and gifted?
posted by u.n. owen at 3:59 PM on June 21, 2004

Good riddance to Rowland, and hopefully Pataki's next.
posted by amberglow at 4:01 PM on June 21, 2004

From the timeline: Dec. 17: Rowland delivers speech in Middletown asking for forgiveness, but his wife, Patricia, reads controversial poem criticizing the media.

'Twas the night before Chrsitmas. Patricia Rowland style.
posted by samuelad at 4:08 PM on June 21, 2004

what a perfect day to live in the state of CT.
posted by clango at 4:30 PM on June 21, 2004

...also known as Corrupticut. The mayor of my former home has his problems too. Boy am I glad I live in civilized New York, now. :)
posted by jonmc at 4:33 PM on June 21, 2004

and now for the obligatory, "Why do you hate America?" statement, just to get it outta the way.
posted by Elim at 4:56 PM on June 21, 2004

That would be "why do you hate Connecticut?" here, I think. Good riddance to bad rubbish, and don't let the door on the state house hit you on the way out.
posted by Zonker at 5:46 PM on June 21, 2004

Well, at least Gov. Rowland had sense enough to resign when he got caught breaking the law, rather than wearing impeachment as a badge of honor.....
posted by Durwood at 6:03 PM on June 21, 2004

Well, at least Gov. Rowland had sense enough to resign when he got caught breaking the law, rather than wearing impeachment as a badge of honor.....

You're reaching.
posted by Space Coyote at 6:16 PM on June 21, 2004

and of course, that would mean that Bush is resigning tomorrow, right?
posted by amberglow at 6:26 PM on June 21, 2004

no, for God's sake -- Uncle Dick will become President, then
posted by matteo at 6:40 PM on June 21, 2004

I wanted to see an impeachment trial. :(

Meet Jodi Rell, our next governor and the 26th woman to hold the top post in a state government. She's pretty cool. For a Republican.
posted by PrinceValium at 6:41 PM on June 21, 2004

Setting a trend?

Care to elaborate?
posted by Steve_at_Linnwood at 7:08 PM on June 21, 2004

Well, at least Gov. Rowland had sense enough to resign when he got caught breaking the law, rather than wearing impeachment as a badge of honor.....

Yeah, but he cost the taxpayers of CT 12 million dollars in "impeachment money" before the threat of testifying and federal prosecution scared him off. Jerk. He did almost nothing for this state, unless you were a contractor. Basic services slashed, shopping malls built!
posted by kittyloop at 7:26 PM on June 21, 2004

Care to elaborate?

Not much to elaborate on, just a pipe dream of mine. After my limited look at the political scene, we need to clean house pretty much all around. From the grumbling all around, there aren't many politicians out there trying to help the people over helping themselves. It's not directed at any one politician in particular. That, and I didn't want to repeat 'Rowland resigns' or something along that line again.
posted by JakeEXTREME at 7:32 PM on June 21, 2004

I may be getting my corrupt governors mixed up, but haven't there been calls for him to resign over this for over a year?

He waited until the courts ruled against him and then resigned. Clinton waited until the congress ruled in his favor and didn't resign. I mean, might as well carry the analogy through...
posted by Joey Michaels at 8:49 PM on June 21, 2004

'Tis a good state. The Bridgeport mayor got taken down on corruption charger and the Waterbury mayor is in prison for "violating the civil rights of two young girls by sexually abusing them, and using a cell phone to set up the encounters."
posted by smackfu at 6:36 AM on June 22, 2004

I thought you had to get a bj in order to qualify for impeachment.
Or at least wet a cigar.
What is this world coming to when a good GoOPer can't accept bribes and help his buddies?
Damn liberals!! Why do they hate America? (twice for proper pre-emption)
posted by nofundy at 7:23 AM on June 22, 2004

Joey: Indeed, these proceedings have been dragging on for well over a year. Clearly, he should have resigned earlier and no-one was fooled by his claims to innocence, but would you give up without a fight? Of course, the state was basically without a government for a year because of this, as Rowland had the political equity of a hamster after his improprieties were revealed. Had he actually cared more about what's good for the state than what's good for himself, as he claimed to, he would have left months ago.

As a former permanent and current temporary resident of CT, I'm kinda sad to see him go. For all his obvious and reprehensible corruption, he was, in my opinion, one of the best implementers of 'compassionate conservatism' out there. He was elected on the promise to eliminate the state income tax, which he obviously couldn't do, but he did manage to lower other taxes, while at the same time eliminating wasteful spending and investing heavily in urban renewal projects in CT's inner cities (yes, even we have a couple). And to me that's the essence of 'compassionate conservatism' and generally reflects the ideology of most people in the state (social liberals and fiscal conservatives): Judicious taxing and judicious spending on results-oriented projects; and it worked, for a time.

Of course, all that is pretty easy when you are juiciously taxing the richest state in the nation, per capita. Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled Connecticut, GOP, and rich white guy bashing.
posted by ChasFile at 7:35 AM on June 22, 2004

Don't sweat it, chasfile. nofundy blames the vast-right wing conspiracy when he loses a quarter in a payphone.
posted by jonmc at 8:07 AM on June 22, 2004

I wonder what percentage of elected officials we'd have to impeach if we really looked into bribery.

I've no idea, but can we get started immediately?
posted by rushmc at 9:09 AM on June 22, 2004

Two words for you jonmc: FUCK YOU!!

(And that high horse you rode in on? I'll fuck it.)

You have soooo little right to diss ANYONE.
posted by nofundy at 11:11 AM on June 22, 2004

Again with the horse fucking...
posted by thirteen at 12:58 PM on June 22, 2004

Ah's glad ah rides a alligator.
posted by jfuller at 3:56 PM on June 22, 2004

jonmc, pull your head out and at least let someone know they've been called out in MetaTalk. Shit, man, I thought you knew better than that ...
posted by Wulfgar! at 5:21 PM on June 22, 2004

And then there's this guy.

Seems the Illinois senate candidate's divorce includes charges from his wife, Star Trek hottie Jeri "Seven of Nine" Ryan, saying he took her to
"a bizarre club with cages, whips and other apparatus hanging from the ceiling" and urged her to perform sex acts in public so that others could watch.

Woo - hoo.

Give that man a cigar.

What kind of moron runs for the GOP nom knowing that kind of thing is out there in the public record? The GOP is publicly standing by him but reports say they are livid and trying to force him aside.

The latest on a much more entertaining scandal.

What's the under/over on Obama these days?
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:30 PM on June 22, 2004

Ah, yes, well I see this is on the front page now. Never mind. / Litela.
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:35 PM on June 22, 2004

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