NEW HAVEN – Brian Foley conceded under cross-examination Tuesday that he and former Gov. John G. Rowland never explicitly agreed that Rowland’s work for Foley’s nursing home chain was a sham to conceal his role as a paid adviser to Lisa Wilson-Foley’s congressional campaign.
NEW HAVEN – It seemed there was little that Brian Foley, wealthy owner of a nursing home chain, wouldn’t do to support the congressional ambitions of his wife, Lisa Wilson-Foley. He made an illegal $500,000 contribution, then used his children, sister, niece and nephew as conduits to further evade contribution limits. And, he testified Monday, he concocted the plan to secretly hire former Gov. John G. Rowland as a campaign consultant.
NEW HAVEN – The first manager of Lisa Wilson-Foley’s congressional campaign testified Friday that publicly hiring John G. Rowland as a campaign consultant would have been akin to “handing her opponents a loaded gun and saying, ‘Shoot me.’ ”
What was widely suspected in political circles is now asserted by the U.S. attorney’s office: former Gov. John G. Rowland used the airwaves of Connecticut’s biggest AM radio station to promote a congressional campaign that was secretly paying him.
Attorneys for John G. Rowland sought the dismissal Tuesday of the criminal indictment accusing the former Republican governor of conspiring to act as a secret paid consultant to the congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley in 2012. If that fails, they also want a closer examination of prospective jurors to guard against “poisonous” pre-trial publicity.
A federal grand jury Thursday indicted John G. Rowland on seven counts, accusing the former Republican governor, congressman and conservative radio host of soliciting two congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012 to secretly pay him as a political consultant.
Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who was named Monday as a conspirator in a criminal case involving a friend’s 2012 congressional campaign, abruptly announced his resignation Thursday as a WTIC-AM radio host as his drive-time talk show was ending at 6 p.m.
Chris Healy, a former Republican state chairman who was a top strategist for the 2012 congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley, has retained a criminal defense lawyer who knows politics: John F. Droney Jr., a former Democratic state chairman.
Updated 4:05 p.m.: Former Gov. John G. Rowland, identified in federal court Monday as a secret, illegally paid advisor to a congressional candidate, has abused his position as a radio talk show host and should be taken off the air by WTIC AM, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday. Rowland opened his show by placing the story off limits.
Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, pleaded guilty Monday to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from what they said was an effort to conceal $35,000 in payments to former Gov. John G. Rowland for help with Wilson-Foley’s unsuccessful congressional campaign in 2012. Rowland, now a host on WTIC-AM, was identified as a co-conspirator, meaning he’s the target of a federal corruption investigation for the second time in a decade.
The campaign of congressional candidate Mark Greenberg says that former Gov. John G. Rowland offered political consulting services before Greenberg ran in 2010, but he wanted to be paid through the candidate’s nonprofit animal shelter — not the campaign. The story, which was first reported by the Register-Citizen and confirmed by Greenberg spokesman Chris Cooper, […]