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News Junkie: Lembo bows out of Governor’s race, announces re-election

HARTFORD, Conn. — State Comptroller Kevin Lembo has always maintained that he would get out of the governor’s race if Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman decided to run, but he said Thursday that’s not why he decided to end his gubernatorial bid and run for re-election.

In a phone interview, Lembo said his decision had nothing to do with Wyman. It was a “gut-check.”

He said he was always exploring a run for governor and while he was able to find the political and financial support, he decided he really loved doing what he’s doing as state comptroller.

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2 comments

Debora Goldstein September 3, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Mr.Lembo will continue to have my support. He is an intelligent person, listens to people and has shown himself to be a thoroughly capable comptroller. Way to go, Mr. Lembo.

Isabelle Hargrove September 3, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Deb,

You might want to re-consider your admiration for Mr. Lembo. One of the reasons he withdrew might very well be The Auditors of Public Accounts recently released audit report on state employee retirement and employee benefit funds. It spotlights the following out of control abuses:

– Instances of state pensioners receiving more than the annual $210,000 federal limit, exposing the state’s pension system to federal disqualification;

– Rehired state employees working in excess of the 120-day limit, and receiving more benefits than they should have;

– State employees who did not make additional health care contributions to the state after failing to meet obligations set forth in the 2011 SEBAC agreement;

– Dependents who remained on their parents’ healthcare plan who were above the maximum age limit for coverage;

– State employees with considerable state service time who failed to buy into the State Employee Retirement System (SERS) as they switched from the Alternative Retirement Plan, leaving $2.7 million due to SERS.

We need leadership with more control over our State’s expenditures. Mr. Lembo seems to be part of the problem, not the solution. Not only do we offer lavish benefits, but we also let fraud run rampant… Hence, where we are…

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