Jim Amann would probably get circumcised live on a Japanese game show if it meant he could pull in a few extra bucks. He is always looking for the angle to vacuum up loose cash, either by abusing his political post to benefit himself as a fundraiser for a charity, or by trying to take a six-figure state job WHILE being a fundraiser WHILE running for governor.
Apparently the pressure was too much, and Amann has announced he will not take the job. But let's be clear... based on Amann's track record of indifference to public opinion considering his ethics on such questions, it is unlikely that he made the principled call and stood down.
No, it is far more likely that he was told by the new speaker, Chris Donovan, that he couldn't go through with it. Donovan has been getting tremendous heat over the past few days for the foolish decision, and probably balked.
So, problem solved? Not so fast. Despite the fact that this distasteful deal was never executed, it demonstrates the grotesque lack of judgment and inability to grasp the fiscal circumstances gripping the state that consumes Chris Donovan. It is frightening that Donovan apparently thought this was a reasonable deal, only to fold when the voices around him got too loud.
Donovan has failed one of his first major tests as Speaker, and has set a poor example of leadership.
Now THAT'S Connecticut Democrats, and THAT'S business as usual.