Rowland to Resign

AP — Connecticut Gov. Rowland to Resign

Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland will announce his resignation Monday night, amid a federal corruption investigation and a growing move to impeach him, an administration source told The Associated Press.

The governor was planning to announce his resignation on a live television address to the state at 6 p.m., the source said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Rowland’s resignation would elevate Lt. Gov. M. Jodi Rell to governor.

Rowland, 47, a Republican easily re-elected to a third term in 2002, admitted late last year that he lied about accepting gifts and favors from friends, state contractors and state employees.

State and federal authorities have been investigating those allegations and a special House committee also has been considering whether to recommend Rowland’s impeachment.

The word comes days after the state Supreme Court ruled that the legislative panel could compel the governor to testify.

Interesting.

UPDATE: CNN has additional details: Lawyer: Rowland to announce resignation

“He’s going to announce his resignation at 6 o’clock,” William Dow III, his personal lawyer, told CNN from his office in New Haven, Connecticut.

The televised address will last six to eight minutes, said Chris Cooper, the governor’s spokesman, who said he could not discuss the subject of the speech.

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Comments

  1. Brendan says:

    A tribute to John Rowland, based on Allan Sherman’s “You Went The Wrong Way, Old King Louie”:

    Oh, John G. Rowland was the governor in two-thousand-four
    He was worse than John N. Dempsey
    He was worse than John Davis Lodge
    He was worse than John H. Trumbull
    He was the worst since Johnny the First*

    John Rowland was living like a king while his corporate friends screwed us rotten
    So the people, they told him, “Resign, you jerk,” but the arrogant bastard ignored us for months, and of course we remember his simpering speech, begging that his sins be forgiven and forgotten.

    You went the wrong way, Gov’ner Johnny
    You made Connecticutians cry
    Because you worked out a sweet deal
    With the fine folks at Enron
    Oh, what a great guy

    Now your third term has gone kablooie
    And though you may not think it’s fair
    This oughta teach you not to be
    such a prick — if you weren’t,
    maybe someone would care

    If you had been a nicer gov,
    We’d give you lots more love,
    But you were bad, you must admit
    So now your ratings are so low,
    You’ve finally got to go,
    You supercilious, haughty twit

    You went the wrong way, Gov’ner Johnny
    So clean your desk out, please, and go
    Too bad you won’t be here to see
    That great big Adrian’s Landing,
    You wanted it so

    To you, dear John, we say good riddance
    You disappointed your whole state
    But then what else could we expect
    From a governor who thought that
    His own sh*t smelled great

    You filled your coffers with bribe money
    You are a felon, for pete’s sake
    And you accepted gifts and favors
    Then lied to the public
    So give us a break

    We’re gonna throw you and your brass
    Out on your sorry ass
    Don’t plan on a parade through town
    No teary-eyed goodbyes
    For those who we despise
    We chose you and you let us down

    So pack your bags, dear Gov’ner Johnny
    And say hello to Gov’ner Rell
    Your resignation’s long in coming, but thanks,
    See ya later, now please go to hell!