OIB has had an email exchange with State Rep.-elect Christina Ayala. She politely declined to address any specific details regarding her latest legal challenges but indicated she's looking forward to serving in the State House.
"I am so eager and hungry to advocate for what is needed in my district," she wrote ... "Lord provided I will be able to advocate for the needs in my community! I have no ulterior motives for running other than being the humble voice of those that I serve."
Roy Occhiogrosso, a top aide to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, is resigning and will depart by the end of the year.
Malloy made the announcement at a press conference this morning.
Malloy and Occhiogrosso declined to explain the reason for the abrupt departure except that it was the plan all along for his top advisor to depart after a year. Malloy said he convinced Occhiogrosso to stay an additional year.
"I have been fortunate to have smart and talented people work for me...and Roy embodies that," Malloy said. "We've been at this together for a long time...he is someone I have relied on, the lieutenant governor has relied on and he will be greatly missed."
I used to admire and respect Joe Lieberman. I believed that he was a principled moderate, and I defended him when people criticized him. When he was nominated to be Al Gore's running mate, I was so proud. Not even his pro-war stance drove me completely away, though I struggled to understand it. What finally turned me off was the fury and absurd nastiness of his 2006 primary campaign, and his increasingly arrogant and contrary actions after he won. By the time he appeared on stage at the RNC in 2008, he seemed more like an opportunist than a thoughtful moderate. I was done with him, and I began to wonder if the man I'd admired had ever existed at all.