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Thursday, August 23, 2007

DeLuca set to face the music

Why won't this man just save the state a great deal of time and money and simply resign?
The state Senate voted 33-0 Wednesday on a resolution to create a six-member panel to investigate Republican Senator Louis DeLuca’s association with Danbury trash-hauler James Galante, who he asked to threaten his granddaughter’s husband.

Senate President Donald Williams and Senate Minority Leader John McKinney made brief comments on how the bipartisan committee will be organized, before DeLuca stood up to address his colleagues.


Following the Senate vote DeLuca held a press conference in which he explained how he never specifically offered the help of his office to Galante. He said he told the FBI agent, who he thought was Galante’s associate, that he would “do what he could to help Galante’s family.”

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, in Sept. 2006 an undercover federal agent, posing as a business associate of Galante, met with DeLuca. At that meeting DeLuca told the agent, “anytime [Businessman A] needs anything, anything, within my power, that I can do, I will do.” DeLuca then told the agent he was shocked when Galante was indicted because he “is not a careless guy.” Then DeLuca advised the agent that if they needed his assistance the best way to contact him is through a specific individual because “nobody knows [about] that relationship.”

Two days later DeLuca met with the undercover agent again. 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.”