Rep. Christopher Shays told a Greenwich meeting that he believes Gov. John Rowland still has not adequately explained his actions and statements regarding improvements to his summer cottage, according to todays Greenwich Time.
The Republican congressmanҒs town meeting in Greenwich Saturday was one of four he held in the district during the day. He holds a session in Westport next Saturday.
He told the Greenwich audience that he had advised Rowland during a private meeting in December to “take tangible actions to win back people’s trust. . . (and) answer any and all questions about his conduct,” the newspaper reported.
“John has chosen not to do that,” Shays said. About 100 residents attended the meeting.
Todays Hartford Courant cites a Hawaii visit almost four years ago by Gov. John Rowland to a home loaned to him by a retired Westport advertising executive as an example of a pattern of accepting gifts from friends that raises ethical questions and maybe more.
Rowland and friends stayed at the Mauna Kea Resort home of Barry Blau, 76, of Bayberry Ridge Road, in January 2000, according to the newspaper. It said Blau was not there at the time but that he confirmed he loaned it to Rowland.
The Courant said the trip raises not only ethical issues but perhaps legal ones as well.
The newspaper headlined its story ғRowlands Are No Strangers To Gifts—Hawaii Trip, Other Freebies Raise Question: When Is A Little Help From Friends Too Much?
Rep. Christopher Shays, just back from another trip to the Middle East, has called a Hartford news conference Monday to make a statement regarding Gov. John Rowland and answer questions.
The 1:30 p.m. news conference at the legislative office building will come a half hour before a source said Rowland is expected to attend a 2 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony in Westport for the renovation and expansion of the Westport Country Playhouse.
Rowland is among a number of dignitaries invited to the event, to be held in a tent on the Playhouse grounds.
A notice from the congressman’s Washington office said Shays called the news conference “to make a statement regarding Governor Rowland and answer questions.”
Westport First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell said today she expects to make an announcement “within days” whether she intends to challenge Rep. Christopher Shays for his 4th Congressional District seat in November.
Since disclosing on Tuesday that she is seriously considering running against the 16-year Republican congressman, Farrell said she has received many phone calls and messages from friends and even strangers in the district urging her to enter the race.
“I’ve been very gratified by the response to my saying I’m considering running,” she told WestportNow. “I expect to make a decision within days.
“It’s heartwarming to know that there are so many people who feel I can make a difference in Washington.”
Farrell said she has been in contact with Democratic Party and labor leaders throughout the state who also have encouraged her to make the race.
Westport Republicans met Thursday night to elect members of the Republican Town Committee. In District 2, successful candidates included (l to r) Sean Timmins, Michael Calise, state Sen. Judith Freedman and Joe Sledge. Party chair Pete Wolgast said 38 people were elected to the 40-person committee. Two positions in District 9 were not filled. Of the 38 elected, 17 are newcomers and three others elected are in new districts. Wolgast expressed pleasure with the results and said it will be the goal of the new town committee to regain control of town boards and commissions. Dorrie Harris for WestportNow.com
Word that Westport’s First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell is considering making a bid for the 4th District House seat held by Rep. Christopher Shays made news around the district and state today.
Three of the district’s four daily newspapers carried front-page stories about the possible Farrell candidacy. Only the Bridgeport-based Connecticut Post ran the story inside.
The Associated Press carried a brief story for the first time today.
The Westport-datelined dispatch said, “First Selectwoman Diane Farrell is considering a possible bid for Congress in a challenge to U.S Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn.
“Farrell will make a final decision in the next several days, she said.”
The story also was carried by several of the state’s television and radio stations.
The widely read Connecticut Political Watch Internet publication also took note of the possible Farrell candidacy and pointed readers seeking more information to coverage by WestportNow and Cablevision News-12.
Speculation has already begun on how Westport is to be governed if First Selectwoman Diane Goss Farrell decides to challenge Rep. Christopher Shays for his 4th Congressional District seat and ousts the 16-year veteran.
Carl Leaman: I’ll help out. WestportNow. com photo
Carl Leaman, Farrell’s Democratic running mate in her last two races for Westport’s top post, said today that, if necessary, he would be willing to help out by working full-time in running the town while Farrell campaigns for the Shays seat.
The second selectman, who works only part-time for the town, also said he would be willing to be a candidate in any special election to fill out the remainder of her four-year term.
But Leaman, who sits on the Board of Selectmen which would have to set a date for a special election, made clear he had no interest in seeking the Democratic Party nomination to succeed Farrell for a full four-year term beginning in 2005.