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Gov Rowland-Rell: MIA

by: ctblogger

Wed Dec 03, 2008 at 14:13:47 PM EST

The Fairfield County Weekly's Andy Bromage wrote an amazing article that outlines Gov. Rell's busy schedule..and lets just say that it's should raise some eyebrows.
This was her schedule Nov. 14. Her day unfolded like this:

7:08 - 7:57 a.m. Phone in to three morning radio shows to discuss the crappy economy and the dreadful choices you'll have to make to balance the books.

9 - 9:30 Tape audio for a public service announcement on diabetes awareness - by phone.

10 - 10:30 Meet with Congressman John Larson, a Democrat, at the Governor's Residence.

11:05 - 11:15 Call in to another radio show, Stu Briar of WICH in Norwich.

1 - 1:30 p.m. Meet with your social services commissioner in the Governor's Office for an update on your faltering state health care program.

2 - 2:05 p.m. Call John Frey, the Republican whip in the state House of Representatives.

And the rest of the day is clear.

With the state facing a deficit crisis, you would think that the governor would be managing the state's business...oh I forgot, that's Lisa Moody's job.
Scheduled meetings with commissioners, legislative leaders and budget staff are short and sweet (almost never more than two hours) and her chief of staff and budget director appear to take the bulk of them.

The article is a scathing indictment Rell and is worth the read (although complaints of the governor's MIA status is nothing new).

FYI: Bromage will be a guest on Afternoon Drive with Colin McEnroe on WTIC 1080 at 4:30 today where he'll discuss his article on Governor Rell.

UPDATE: Here's the interview...

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sweet I want a job like that (0.00 / 0)
she doesn't even have to change out of her pajamas until after 12pm I'll bet.  

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ugh! thanks a lot! (0.00 / 0)
There's an image...

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When was it, last year? (0.00 / 0)
I posted a comment made by a young man who was interning at my hair salon. He lived with his parents next door, or close to the governor - and mentioned that he was surprised that she could be home almost every day to water her own garden.

Checking out her schedule, it wouldn't be a problem for her.  

You make it sound like she spends (0.00 / 0)
all day doing radio spots just to be heard? Just yesterday I saw her working on PBS doing an announcement concerning the new CT sports network! I noted it because they disrupted my kids watching "Fetch" with the announcement. While it is important for politicians to get out do the radio/TV thing, it is equally important that they are, ya know, doing things that are a little more important sometimes.

I am not saying she needs to suspend her 2010 campaign or anything, that kind of deer in the headlight reaction would be glaringly stupid, but there are a few crisis going on right now that could use some of these leaders rolling up their sleeves and working on a bit...  

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You see, GOPs believe in less government.  It's not that they're lazy, they're making a statement.  "The greatest president of our time", Reagan, took famously long vacations (and naps).  The Bushes set records for time spent out of Washington (and out of mind).  So Rell is just following a time-honored GOP tradition - less is more.  It is a difficult choice for us - we'd prefer to see these people actually doing the job they're paid to do but, then again, do we really want these people to take more time to wreak more havoc?

I liked the point in the article, and highlighted by Colin, where the spokesperson tried the old "offense-as-defense" approach and pointed out that the mostly Dem legislators are away from their desks more than they're at them.  As stated, the legislature is a part-time position, the governor is supposed to be a full-time job.

Then again, there's the really pitiful record of Mr. Lieberman, where he took 2 years off from his job to simply follow John McCain around.  Now that's arrogance!  And there's nothing we can do about it!

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