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Republican Party seeks distance from Rowland, wants to focus on unity

STAMFORD, Conn. – The backdrop for the biggest Republican Party fundraiser of the year was the indictment of former Republican governor and WTIC talk show host John G. Rowland.

Despite the whispers about how “sad” it was that Rowland would find himself under federal indictment for the second time in 10 years, Republicans tried to celebrate what was great about their party and also tried to distance themselves from the former governor.

“While there may be great fascination in this story, the fact is John Rowland has no connection to the Connecticut Republican Party nor has he for over 10 years,” Republican Party Chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said in a statement.

Many acknowledged the indictment and shared the same sentiment as state Rep. Arthur O’Neill, R-Southbury, who was co-chairman of the impeachment panel in 2004 — a panel that never completed its work because Rowland opted to resign.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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