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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Newton has nothing to smile about

Note to state Sen. Ernest E. Newton, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE RESIGN NOW!

Look Senator Newton, it's simple, you've been caught red-handed because the executive director of Progressive Training Associates in Bridgeport admitted to bribing you 5,000 in court. Your tenure need to come to an end now because the last thing democrats need is another dishonest, corrupt politician in their ranks.

From The Hartford Courant

Warren K. Godbolt, executive director of Progressive Training Associates in Bridgeport, pleaded guilty Tuesday to paying a $5,000 bribe and conspiring to embezzle between $70,000 and $120,000 from Progressive Training. He admitted spending the money on an ocean cruise, a foreign sports car, a health club membership, a boat, home renovations and other personal expenses.

He is accused of paying the $5,000 to Newton to ensure that Newton, until Tuesday a member of the state Senate's Democratic leadership, used his political influence to secure $100,000 from the State Bond Commission for renovations to Progressive Training's headquarters on Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport.
What is it with democrats from Bridgeport? The feds even have Newton agreeing to the bribe on telephone!
During the legal proceeding before Senior U.S. District Judge Alan H. Nevas, Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Finnerty said FBI agents have a secret recording of a June 17, 2004, telephone conversation in which Godbolt and the "public official" discuss the $5,000 bribe. Godbolt, 50, admitted paying the money in installments of $1,500, $1,500 and $2,000 between June 17 and July 9, 2004.

It's over so please do us all a favor and just resign in disgrace.