Democratic State Representative George Wilber of Colebrook has apparently announced that the public revelations of a three-year-old settlement he reached with a woman he allegedly molested when she was a child have injured his health and he will resign.
House Speaker James Amann apparently knew about the allegations years ago, but according to the Hartford Courant, did nothing because Wilber denied them and no criminal charges were filed. Says Amann: "This information appears to have been purposely leaked to the media on the eve of an election, which strongly suggests it was done to achieve maximum political impact."
Interesting. Well, perhaps dropping the dime on Wilber was politically motivated by whoever did it. But then again, participating in the cover-up of a potential child molestation case to preserve in office one of your rank-and-file Democratic members could also be said to be poltically motivated too, could it not Mr. Speaker?
GOP Chairman Chris Healy and House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero have called for an explanation of the settlement, as they should.
Wilber has claimed the revelations have injured his health. If he needs to Add that as an excuse as he slithers away from public office, so be it.
Democrats will not be able to add a candidate to replace Wilber should he in fact submit a resignation, as the deadline to fill a vacancy on the ballot has passed.
Apparently we will be rid of Wilber. But this raises a larger question about the willingness of the House Democratic caucus to stand silently by, knowing these allegations and such a settlement were out there, but keeping mum to protect a seat in the legislature.