Feds investigate Rowland connection to Wilson-Foley

The controversy continues...

A federal grand jury is investigating former Gov. John Rowland over his ties to Lisa Wilson-Foley's 5th District Congress campaign.

The grand jury was convened after it was revealed that Rowland was working as an "unpaid" volunteer for Wilson-Foley's campaign while at the same time being paid $30,000 to work as a "consultant" for a business owned by Wilson-Foley's husband, Brian Foley. The news of the grand jury probe was first reported today by Kevin Rennie's Daily Ructions blog.

Chris Syrek, Wilson-Foley's campaign spokesman, said "we have no comment and we have no knowledge of any investigation."

But Brian Foley, Wilson-Foley's husband, confirmed on Monday that he had been contacted by by the grand jury and said he has complied fully with any and all requests for information. He would not comment further as he has been advised that any leak of information could be construed as obstruction of justice.

A source familiar with the investigation confirmed that at least one of Wilson-Foley's opponents has been subpoenaed by the grand jury.

Tom Carson, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, would not confirm or deny the existence of a Grand Jury investigation.


One of the FEC complaints against Rowland and Wilson-Foley cites Rowland's use of his WTIC AM radio talk show to blast Wilson-Foley's 5th District Republican opponent, Andrew Roraback, without disclosing to listeners or Roraback that he was "volunteering" for Wilson-Foley's campaign and being paid by her husband..

Roraback renewed his call for Wilson-Foley to speak openly about her campaign's relationship to Rowland, a request he made months ago.

"John Rowland is not the candidate," he said. "Lisa needs to make herself available to the public and press to answer any and all questions about this arrangement."

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