Freedom of Information Commission denies expedited Rowland hearing

By Andy Thibault, Contributing Editor The state Freedom of Information Commission has denied a request for an expedited hearing over the city of Waterbury’s failure to produce documents related to former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland’s job as a taxpayer-funded economic … Continue reading

Rowland-Wilson-Foley scandal hangs over 5th District primary

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter With a week to go until the Aug. 14 primary, Republican leaders in Connecticut’s 5th District are split on the impact of a federal investigation into former Gov. John Rowland’s involvement in Lisa Wilson-Foley’s congressional … Continue reading

Roraback questions Wilson-Foley on Rowland scandal in final debate

By Mary E. O’Leary, Staff Reporter NEWTOWN – That grand jury investigation just won’t go away. The last debate of the Republican candidates in the 5th District Thursday was almost over when state  Sen. Andrew Roraback, R-Goshen, asked Lisa Wilson-Foley … Continue reading

5th District foes hammer Lisa Wilson-Foley over grand jury probe

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter BROOKFIELD – Lisa Wilson-Foley at first refused to answer a reporter’s question about former Gov. John Rowland’s campaign at a 5th District Congress debate Monday night, but after a series of attacks from her opponents … Continue reading

Expedited FOI hearing sought over Waterbury’s failure to release Rowland records

The New Haven Register and Register Citizen have filed a request with the state Freedom of Information Commission for an expedited hearing over the city of Waterbury’s failure to produce documents related to former Gov. John Rowland’s job as a … Continue reading

Connecticut GOP to Democrats: Your felon is different from our felon

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter The Connecticut Republican Party called on 4th District Democratic Congressman Jim Himes to return campaign contributions from convicted felon Rajat Gupta, and said there’s no parallel between Gupta donating cash to Himes’ campaign and former … Continue reading

5th District Notebook: Spending, Rowland and shaking hands

Here’s some of the news relevant to the 5th District congressional race from around Connecticut. Each weekday we scour the web to find the best 5th district-related items, but if you think we missed one, send an email to jfenster@nhregister.com. … Continue reading

Wilson-Foley says Rowland’s work for husband ‘well-documented’

Lisa Wilson-Foley said in an interview with CTTalking.Com Saturday that Federal Elections Commission lawyers are “laughing” at the complaints that have been filed against her over former Gov. John Rowland‘s involvement in her campaign for 5th District Congress. She maintained … Continue reading

Waterbury releases documents related to former Gov. John G. Rowland; more being sought

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter The city of Waterbury has released a year’s worth of emails between city staff and former Gov. John G. Rowland, written during his tenure as the city’s economic development coordinator, with more expected to be released … Continue reading

Feds raid Waterbury Chamber office in John Rowland probe; Chamber lawyer says report inaccurate

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter Federal investigators raided the offices of the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce Thursday and seized computers, according to blogger Kevin Rennie, in connection with a federal grand jury investigation into former Gov. John Rowland that … Continue reading

Barely a breath of 5th District scandal at AFL-CIO convention

By Mary E. O’Leary, Staff Reporter HARTFORD – You would never know there was a scandal brewing in the 5th District congressional race. There was only one hint Monday from one of the three Democratic candidates that something bigger than the … Continue reading

Wilson-Foley campaign co-chair drops support, endorses Roraback

Barbara Henry, the co-chair of Lisa Wilson-Foley‘s 5th District Congress campaign, has quit that role and is endorsing Republican primary rival Andrew Roraback. Roraback announced Henry’s endorsement in a routine campaign press release Monday afternoon. Kevin Rennie pointed out the … Continue reading

Waterbury Chamber: Rowland visited office ‘once in a while’ for $100,000-a-year job

By Andy Thibault, Contributing Editor Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce President Lynn Ward said Monday she has emails, a contract and other records connected with former Gov. John G. Rowland’s tenure as an economic development official but wouldn’t commit to … Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Did Rowland have no-show job, or is Waterbury violating FOIA?

Since completing his federal prison term for defrauding Connecticut taxpayers, former Gov. John Rowland has made a lot of money using purposefully vague and overlapping “consultant”-style business arrangements. All leverage the political connections and knowledge he gained in a career … Continue reading

Krayeske will appeal FCC ruling on Rowland, Wilson-Foley and WTIC

By Christine Stuart, CTNewsJunkie.Com Not satisfied with the Federal Communications Commission’s response to his complaint against WTIC-AM radio attorney Ken Krayeske will file an appeal Monday. Krayeske, an attorney and blogger, called the FCC’s response “flippant” and said he doesn’t … Continue reading

FOIA complaint filed after City of Waterbury refuses to release John Rowland records

By Matt DeRienzo, Staff Reporter The New Haven Register and Register Citizen filed a complaint with the State Freedom of Information Commission Friday afternoon over the city of Waterbury’s refusal to release documents related to former Gov. John Rowland‘s work … Continue reading

Lisa Wilson-Foley could be target in John Rowland investigation, says former prosecutor

According to one former federal prosecutor, it is possible Lisa Wilson-Foley is, in fact, a target in a reported grand jury investigation into former Gov. John Rowland. As was reported in the Connecticut Post, Wilson-Foley has said she is not … Continue reading

Federal Communications Commission won’t investigate complaint against former Gov. John Rowland

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter Attorney and activist Ken Krayeske recently received a response indicating that the Federal Communications Commission agency would not be following up on a complaint he filed against former Gov. John Rowland. In April, Krayeske filed … Continue reading

‘Corrupticut’: Two federal investigations loom over Connecticut’s 5th District primary

By John Christofferson, The Associated Press Federal investigations are casting shadows over two candidates’ campaigns in the closely watched 5th Congressional District, an unusual development for a single race in a state dubbed “Corrupticut” after an earlier outbreak of scandals. … Continue reading

Longtime Rowland lawyer refuses to comment on grand jury

Former Gov. John Rowland’s longtime personal legal counsel, the same that he used when he was convicted of corruption charges in 2004, have refused to comment on whether or not they have been contacted again. Attorney William F. Dow III, … Continue reading

Grand jury investigating John Rowland ties to Wilson-Foley

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter A federal grand jury is investigating former Gov. John Rowland over his ties to Lisa Wilson-Foley‘s 5th District Congress campaign. The grand jury was convened after it was revealed that Rowland was working as an … Continue reading

Apple Health Care employee caught filming women in bathroom with iPhone (Avon Patch)

Apple Health Care, the business run by Brian Foley, makes headlines again. This time without the aid of any John Rowland controversies. Avon Patch reports that an Apple Health Care IT employee was arrested for allegedly recording women using the … Continue reading

John Rowland controversy swaying some 5th District delegates at GOP Convention

The “elephant” in the room at the 5th Congressional District Republican convention was John Rowland and his relationship with candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley, some delegates agreeing that it is affecting their vote. The Republican Town Committee from Middlebury has endorsed Wilson-Foley, … Continue reading

Multiple old FBI investigations confuse Foley-Clark war of words in 5th District

By Jordan Fenster, Staff Reporter One of the more bizarre sideshows of the 5th District congressional campaign can now, apparently, be chalked up to a miscommunication over what were apparently multiple FBI investigations of now-1st District U.S. Rep. John Larson. … Continue reading

Lisa Wilson-Foley cancels WNPR appearance, doesn’t want questions about Rowland

Lisa Wilson-Foley‘s campaign has canceled her May 16 appearance on WNPR radio’s “Where We Live” program after it became clear that she would be asked about the controversy surrounding former Gov. John Rowland‘s involvement with her campaign. Host John Dankosky … Continue reading