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Monday, November 28, 2005

Rowland Portrait on display...and who cares

What happened to all of his friends?

Even his wife didn't come see the portrait installed.

From the Hartford Courant

There was no pomp and circumstance.

There wasn't even a ceremony.

And the guest of honor did not attend.

And so, on Wednesday, despite his dramatic fall, former Gov. John G. Rowland took his place in Connecticut history as his official portrait was hung in a museum at the state library.

The quiet affair took place shortly after 11 a.m. as several maintenance workers hoisted a large portrait of Rowland onto the wall with 71 other Connecticut governors at the library on Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

Unlike past unveilings, no family members, legislators or former governors gathered around to admire the brush strokes of an acclaimed portrait artist. When former Gov. Lowell P. Weicker's portrait was unveiled in 1996, at least four governors attended, including Rowland and William A. O'Neill.