Friday, January 23, 2009

Officials driving drunk and/or involved in public corruption in Connecticut?

No surprise ...

DCF Commissioner Susan I. Hamilton speaks at a press conference on July 18, 2008. (MARK MIRKO)

DCF Commissioner Arrested On DUI Charge

By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY | The Hartford Courant
1:58 PM EST, January 23, 2009

NORTH HAVEN — - Susan Hamilton, commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families, was charged with driving under the influence last night, police said today.

At about 6:45 p.m. a state trooper noticed a GMC Acadia being driven "erratically" on I-91 north just before exit 11, state police said. The trooper pulled the vehicle over and conducted a field sobriety test, which she failed, according to a brief police report from the Troop I barracks in Bethany.

Hamilton, 42, of Meadowbrook Road, West Hartford, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to drive in the proper lane and was released on a promise to appear in Superior Court in Meriden on Feb. 6, police said.

Hamilton's rise through DCF has brought her from being a front-line child abuse investigator to being the head of an agency with one of the largest budgets and work forces in state government.

Despite the well-documented controversies and problems at DCF, 41 candidates applied when the commissioner's job opened up, including 29 from outside Connecticut. Hamilton was chosen from that large group. Hamilton was recommended as the top choice among three finalists by a three-member screening committee that included Gov. M. Jodi Rell's chief of staff, M. Lisa Moody.

In 1998, Hamilton was appointed by Kristine D. Ragaglia, the agency's commissioner, to head DCF's legal division, where she oversaw 13 lawyers and 23 paralegals. The West Hartford resident holds a master's degree in social work and a law degree.

Statement of Governor M. Jodi Rell issued this statement on the arrest of on Commissioner Susan Hamilton:

"I consider any instance of drinking and driving to be a serious matter and I am disappointed that this incident occurred. I also believe this to be an aberration for Commissioner Hamilton, whose personal and professional conduct has been heretofore exemplary over a 16-year public service career.

Commissioner Hamilton has expressed her remorse to the employees of DCF and to me and has pledged to take every action to ensure this never happens again."

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Holding the Culprits of 9-11 Profiteering Accountable?

The image of Bernie Sanders was stolen from [here]

Vermont US Senator Bernie Sanders, a professed Socialist, is interviewed by Rob Kall of OpEd News. [OpEd post]

Mr. Kall's text with above video:
"Rob Kall and Bernie Sanders talking Economics

Rob Kall interviews Senator Bernie Sanders (I- VT) on:

-how big companies that are too big to fail are using bailiout money to get bigger

-on investigating who and what caused the economic crisis

-on investigating people who profited from 911

-on where's the bottom-up in the bailout"

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[click here] for my letters to Vermont US Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch on a similar subject.

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Text of email I just sent to Bernie Sanders:

Sir, I just watched a video of you being interviewed by Rob Kall of and would like to commend you.

I am posting this open letter to you [here].

I would like to see those who were involved in profiteering from 9-11 on, brought to justice. I would also like to see those who caused the unnecessary deaths of our US Troops in the ground war in Iraq brought to justice and charged with murder here in the US. If we weren't lied into war, they would not have been so much suffering, death, and our US economy wouldn't be in shambles.

If George W. Bush and his co-conspirators aren't brought to justice, we could eventually have a regime similar to Saddam's here in the US. Please help us and the US to make sure it doesn't happen. Let's make it so that George W. Bush is the first American President to be arrested, hauled off in handcuffs, fingerprinted, has his mug shot taken, and is then ferried by paddy wagon or prison barge to the appropriate lock down facility or prison. Let's make sure his co-conspirators are similarly situated.

I also would like you to look into [this constituent complaint for remedy].

Steven G. Erickson

Post Office Box Eight Seventy-Four
Brattleboro, VT

Bush/Cheney Indict Vote Brattleboro, VT 03-04-08

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