On Friday, the city of Waterbury dodged and whitewashed details of just exactly what Rowland did in exchange for receiving more than $350,000 directly from taxpayers to coordinate economic development efforts from January 2008 to 2012.
Waterbury's willingness to bend and break the state's Freedom of Information Act law to protect Rowland makes one wonder if the former governor was working something close to a "no show" job in Waterbury, or if records associated with it will show a myriad of other "consulting" gigs in which Rowland lined his pockets by leveraging his taxpayer-bestowed power and influence.
Waterbury taxpayers paid Rowland $100,000 a year until last spring, when it was cut to $50,000 after aldermen finally realized that Rowland was working a second full-time job in Farmington every day hosting an afternoon radio talk show on WTIC-AM.
On Friday, the city of Waterbury refused The Register Citizen's and New Haven Register's formal request to release records of Rowland's schedule, correspondence and expense reports from his four years of work funded by taxpayers, The public does not have a right to see it, the city argues, because of the unique arrangement in which Rowland was technically employed by the Waterbury Regional Chamber of Commerce, and taxpayers reimbursed the chamber for his salary.
One of many reasons reporters want to see those records is to determine whether the chamber and the city were notified by Rowland of other, overlapping sources of income during his service to taxpayers.
At one point last fall, for example, we now know that Rowland was receiving $5,000 a month from Brian Foley's business, while receiving a salary from WTIC to host a prominent radio talk show in which he trashed Wilson-Foley's opponents without disclosing the conflict, while still receiving the reduced $50,000-a-year salary from Waterbury taxpayers.
Who else was paying Rowland?