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Feds return to the Capitol for another interview

Federal investigators Wednesday interviewed the chief of staff for the Senate Republicans as part the investigation into the House Republicans’ former chief of staff. “Two federal investigators met briefly with Senate Republican Caucus Chief of Staff Jack Shannon in the Legislative Office Building this morning as part of an inquiry first reported in the news last month when subpoenas were served on the House Republican Office, the House Republican Campaign Committee and the Office of Legislative Management,” said Brett Cody, a spokesman for the Senate GOP. “Jack answered the investigators’ questions and was told he is not a focus of the inquiry,” Cody said. “No subpoenas have been served on the Senate Republican Caucus, or any entities related to the caucus. We will not be commenting further out of respect for the integrity of the investigation.”

George Gallo, the chief of staff to the House Republicans in the General Assembly, resigned last month as FBI agents questioned legislators and reviewed records relating to campaign mailings he oversaw as the caucus’ political strategist. Continue Reading →

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General Assembly staff exempt from disclosure rules

It was an obvious question after George Gallo abruptly resigned last week as the House Republicans’ chief of staff amid FBI inquiries into his political consulting business: Was he the only legislative aide in Hartford with a side business involving politics?

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Top aide to CT House GOP quits as feds investigate campaign mailings

George Gallo, the chief of staff to the House Republicans in the General Assembly, resigned Thursday as FBI agents questioned legislators and reviewed records relating to campaign mailings he oversaw as the caucus’ political strategist. Gallo managed Gov. John G. Rowland’s campaign in 2002 and was state party chairman under Gov. M. Jodi Rell. Continue Reading →

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Big stakes loom behind quiet races for the General Assembly

While U.S. Senate candidates Linda McMahon and Chris Murphy grab most of the headlines, there is more at stake in this year’s state legislative races than Connecticut has seen in a decade. Though Democrats hold comfortable margins in both chambers, an unusually large number of open seats, a sluggish economy and the specter of right-wing super PAC funds have left the majority wary. “I’m telling our people, if you have an opponent with a pulse, you need to run as if your political life depended on it,” Senate President Pro Tem Donald E. Williams Jr., D-Brooklyn, said. But Republicans, who also have to defend their share of open seats, still must campaign in a blue state where President Obama’s lead has stretched into double digits. Democrats currently hold 22 of the Senate’s 36 seats, and haven’t held fewer than 21 since 2000. Continue Reading →

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