State Senate minority leader to renew call for legislative inquiry into Chris Donovan
An image from a TV ad released by the Chris Donovan for Congress campaign
State Senate Minority Leader John McKinney, R-Fairfield, will hold a press conference at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, to renew his call for a bipartisan legislative committee of inquiry to investigate allegations of misconduct related to the House speaker Chris Donovan’s legislative office and congressional campaign and determine appropriate legislative sanctions.
“Based on the new indictments, we now know that this conspiracy extended all the way to the most senior staff within the speaker’s office,” McKinney said in a statement.
“It involved, not just former Donovan policy advisor Josh Nassi, but at least one other senior level staff person who presumably still works in the speaker’s legislative office. According to the speaker’s own internal investigation, there also exists a list in Nassi’s handwriting of seven bills pending during the 2012 session, of which the ‘Roll Your Own Bill’ was just one. Now that staff people within the highest office of the legislature have been implicated and it appears that many other bills may have been targeted, the legislature – both Republicans and Democrats – cannot turn a blind eye any longer,” McKinney said in a statement Monday.
McKinney first called for a committee of inquiry into the Donovan campaign scandal on June 1.
The press conference will be held in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building where McKinney is expected to detail how a committee of inquiry should be formed and how it should respond to the scandal in the speaker’s office.
A total of eight people have been indicted in a scheme to hide the identity of donors who gave $27,500 in illegal conduit checks to Donovan’s campaign for 5th District congressman.
Donovan has not been charged with anything and has said he was ignorant of the alleged scandal happening around him to influence his actions on a bill that would have increased the costs of running roll-your-own tobacco shops.
Former correction official and union leader Raymond Soucy is the only one to plead guilty with juror selection set for Oct. 10 for the remaining defendants, which include Donovan’s former campaign finance director, Robert Braddock Jr, and his former campaign manager, Joshua Nassi.
The latest indictments contain some e-mails between an unnamed legislative aide and Nassi, about the legislation and alleged ways to kill it.