by Jennifer Swift
Apr 1, 2014
02:28 PMConnecticut Politics
John Rowland, on radio show, says he wants to ‘respect the process’
Though a looming indictment could suggest otherwise, former governor and convicted felon John Rowland told listeners to his drive-time radio show Tuesday he just wants to “respect the process.”
Rowland addressed — or didn’t address — the newest scandal to which he’s linked: Former congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, pleaded guilty Monday to illegal contributions after they gave Rowland $35,000 though they didn’t report it on financial disclosures.
“I am not going to be discussing the recent news and legal developments,” Rowland said at the top of the show on WTIC. “I’m sure that you all understand, and I want to respect the process.”
In his next breath, Rowland began talking about Obamacare.
Rowland’s request to respect the process drew some ridicule on Twitter.
Roy Occhiogroso, former adviser to Gov. Dannel P Malloy, tweeted to a reporter, “pls tell me he really said ‘I want to respect the process.’”
“Rowland said he ‘wants to respect the process’ — which is a first,” came the tweet from WNPR show host Colin McEnroe.
According to the CT News Junkie, Malloy disagrees with WTIC’s decision to keep Rowland on the air.
WTIC station manager Jenneen Lee issued the following statement Tuesday:
“We have spoken with Mr. Rowland and his representatives and are monitoring the situation closely and in the meantime he will continue to host his program.”
In 2004, Rowland pleaded guilty to a corruption charge for exchanging his political clout for trips, vacations and home improvements. He resigned before he could be impeached. TV station WTNH pointed out today is the nine-year anniversary of Rowland reporting to prison.
Malloy’s undersecretary of criminal justice Michael Lawlor pointed out that Rowland’s programming Tuesday included talk about guns, and as a convicted felon, Rowland is ineligible to legally own one.
Quinnipiac University political science Professor Scott McLean said the process is just as much to blame for allowing corruption as the players are.
“We have a system that just makes it very easy to do corrupt things,” McLean said. “It’s just really unfortunate that we focus on the individuals who do these things and they should be held responsible, but we don’t also look at how we can reform the system. We throw up our hands and say “that’s just the way it is, politicians are corrupt. But no, it doesn’t have to be….it just isn’t the way politicians are, it’s the way politicians are in this state.”John Rowland, on radio show, says he wants to ‘respect the process’