In what may be the crowning achievement of an outstandingly mediocre career, Gov. Jodi Rell (R) is being accused of squandering the opportunity to get the state well over one billion dollars in various kinds of federal funds.
That's one billion...with a "b"!
Jon Kantrowitz in My Left Nutmeg, the Hartford Courant, and the New London Day all detail the disastrous lack of leadership Jodi Rell has provided the state.
Gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont responded to the news with a scathing press release:
"The news today that Connecticut has missed out yet again on hundreds of millions in federal transportation dollars is sadly all too familiar. This is just another example of how we can no longer afford to do business as usual here in Connecticut. We can no longer afford to allow our jobs and infrastructure funding to go to other states simply because they are more aggressive than we are. We need a Governor who will fight for every job and every bit of money for our roads and bridges that we rightly deserve."Jodi Rell is right to retire. She wanted to get out before it became too obvious that she simply can't handle the job. Sadly for her, it's bound to attract attention if you leave a gargantuan pile of cash on the table that could have been used to create jobs, improve education, and rebuild our infrastructure.
"Connecticut is also expected -- due to inaction -- to miss out on $200 million in "Race to the Top" funds to revitalize our schools. Transportation and eduction -- these are the keys to our state's economic future. As Governor, I will roll up my sleeves, work with our leaders in Washington and fight to ensure Connecticut is at the forefront of this century's transportation and education revolutions."
Maybe now it will become apparent to voters in Connecticut that, other than being a kindly-looking grandmotherly type, she's done nothing to deserve her ridiculously over-inflated approval ratings. I fervently hope the Q-Poll includes this in their next survey:
"Do you approve of Gov. Rell missing out on over one billion dollars in federal funds?"I'd hazard to guess we'll have seen the last of Rell's positive approval ratings.