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.
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.