Top aide to Connecticut Democrat Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, one Laura Jordan , Esq., turns out to have spent her time last legislative session emailing and texting status reports on the cigarette roll-your-own bill to Donovan’s former chief of staff who was passing along cash to Donovan to get it killed. But nothing wrong or unusual about that, according to Donovan’s protectors.
House Majority Leader Brendan Sharkey, D-Hamden … said that [that] although the indictment describes communications between the aide and Nassi, “There is nothing in the indictment that suggests that there was anything that took place to compromise legislation.”
“What we have from the indictment is an allegation from the federal authorities that text communications took place between Josh Nassi and an aide,” Sharkey said. “Nothing in the indictment says that the next thing occurred — which is if there was communication that was done to affect that legislation. Nothing like that’s been alleged.”
You understand how that works, right? Donovan’s top aide chats regularly with Donovan’s campaign Nassi on lots of subjects: “How’s your mother?” “How ’bout them Red Sox, eh?” And “oh, by the way, that bill our boss is supposed to be burying? Here’s what’s going on with that”. That’s just two old friends catching up with each other and, as Mr. Sharkey says, nothing to indicate even a whiff of corruption.
UPDATE: Attorney Jordan has now taken a leave of absence. ”To spend more time with her family” is usually the explanation proffered in these cases.