Amann was an inadequate speaker, who could not get out of the way of his own ego, arrogance and sense of entitlement. He fought vigorously to keep his ability to squeeze lobbyists in Hartford for donations to the charity he was employed by.
He also was certain to work an angle with his chief of staff Robert Frankel acting as his treasurer for his gubernatorial run. I am sure that isn't being used to any advantage.
While Amann was a political punching bag not only for Republicans because of his ineptness, he was also a political punching bag for the far left of the Democratic party, the likes which lurk in My Left Nutmeg's dingy, musty corner of cyberspace.
Amann committed the cardinal sin of Connecticut leftists... he supported Senator Joe Lieberman after his primary loss to Ned Lamont. They never forgave Amann, and they ruthlessly dogged him for it, demonstrating the political drift of Connecticut Democrats toward a faction of intolerant radicals.
With Amann gone, so goes the last vestige of moderate Democrats in the General Assembly. Look around the state and you see moderate Democrat office holders being primaried by the far left. Make no mistake, the Democrats are out to exterminate all moderate voices from within, and this helps give them a free hand in it. It is this radicalization that will also eventually doom Amann's run for governor.
Presuming a Democratic majority returns to the capitol after November (albeit greatly reduced I would hope) they won't be the Democrats you see today. They will be led by Speaker Chris Donovan, radical through and through. If you thought it was bad in Connecticut now, wait until you see the new breed take over.
Jim... I love to see you go, and I hate to see you go.