As he faces a new federal investigation, John G. Rowland marks a relevant anniverary today: It was exactly eight years ago that he announced his resignation in the face of an impeachment inquiry and federal criminal investigation.

It was a different time. The Hartford Courant rushed into a print with an extra edition carrying a story I wrote with Lynne Tuohy and Jon Lender. Today, the paper would update its web page, send an email blast and tweet the news.

In a story about his televised resignation speech for the next day’s paper, I described Rowland as “defiantly upbeat.” The only nod to the corruption investigation that forced his ouster was a single sentence absent from the prepared text: “I acknowledge that my poor judgment has brought us here.”

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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