PLEA DEAL: Ending a two-year federal investigation, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to steal honest services.
WHAT'S NEXT: Prosecutors have agreed to ask for no more than a two-year prison sentence. Rowland owes the IRS more than $35,000 and faces up to $40,000 in fines. He could still face state charges.
REACTION: "Today the state of Connecticut was humiliated, and I, as John Rowland's former running mate and colleague, feel personally betrayed." - Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Rowland's replacement.
Ah, remember when (May 2, 2004, to be exact)?
"People say, 'Oh, he's done things wrong. He's taken gifts.' OK, let's assume half of the stuff is true. I think the more important point is, the reason I don't resign is I haven't compromised this office," Rowland said in an interview with The Associated Press Thursday.
Thanksfully, in Washington State, we have beaten back the anti-democratic, death-squad-loving Republicans.