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Monday, June 11, 2007

Must see TV

Oh, this is too rich not to share.

After giving this a lot of thought, I felt that the only I could give Republican Minority Leader Louis "Looney" DeLuca's press conference justice is by uploading his entire presser for everyone to see.

As you know, Mr. moral high ground is in a bit of trouble because of his dealings with Danbury kingpin trashman James Galante and his unbelievable press conference he held last week will probably go down as one of the weirdest moments in my short blogging career.

From DeLuca's jaw dropping opening statement and efforts to throw Waterbury Chief of Police Chief Neil O’Leary under the bus to his attempt to avoid the real critical issue, which alone should require him to resign...THAT HE told an undercover agent that he would TO HELP GALANTE ANY WAY HE COULD.
According to the arrest affidavit, the agent asked DeLuca to influence legislation to help Galante. DeLuca said, “I can’t influence it at this point because it’s out of my hands, but if it gets to the point where I have appointments, I can influence it that way. You know, if somebody, if it’s a commission that needs to be in that, that, is gonna be a watchdog on CRRA and make recommendations then I’ll make an appoint...generally I get an appointment.”

During this conversation the affidavit says DeLuca refused $5,000 in cash from the agent, saying he was “afraid them guys...tracing things and shit like that.” He later told the agent to tell Galante to “hang in there and I’ll keep my eyes and ears open.”
Hmm, it sure didn't seem like DeLuca turned down the cash because he felt it was IMMORAL or WRONG but rather because he could get caught...and that's pale in comparison to the other stuff DeLuca told the undercover agent.

I am simply amazed that this person still has a seat in the State Senate.

While we're at it, how about the shameless Republican leadership who continue to circle the wagons around their leader (although they had no problem rightfully demanding that former State Senator Ernest Newton get the axe for his dealings). The lack of criticism from such top Republicans as Gov. Jodi "I'm going to clean up corruption" Rowland-Rell and Chris "Don Clemons deserves to be censured by the House" Healy can only be described as pathetic. To have DeLuca to parade around the State Capitol acting like he alone should decide his fate when the Republicans should show some leadership and do the right thing speaks volumes about the State GOP as a whole.

Simply unbelievable.

For your viewing pleasure, here's Deluca's presser. Grab the popcorn, enjoy the train wreck, and feel free to add your favorite quote from DeLuca in the comments.