Quite the can of worms now wiggling out here. In responding to the FOIA request by Art Scialabba, Amanda Brown provided emails and voice-mail documentation that she obtained the CRRA letter she used on the floor of the Common Council meeting from State Rep Bruce Morris. Kinda interesting how that turned out since I outlined that this was the likely scenario last Wednesday.
Local Dems should pay particular attention to this story, because this story is not going to stop at State Rep. Bruce Morris. You see, I have a pretty good grasp of what constitutes real openness and transparency and when someone is being disingenuous. While some Dems have been under the mistaken impression this is about “saving South Norwalk” from something, a short trip to google and the words Morris and Branford will provide some fascinating reading. There are many dots that can be found that connect a handful of people who really don’t have the best interest of the towns they’ve served.
For example, Norwalk Dems, unlike Branford Dems, haven’t quite figured out what the Morris family clan is really up to. In Branford, Cheryl Morris was essentially kicked out of the Democratic party in Branford, even though she was the sitting Democratic first selectman. Then in January of 2008, Bruce Morris was asked to resign by the Branford DTC, from his State Central seat after being stripped of his role on the DTC. Granite gate, Ed Marcus, and the a whole bunch of shady self serving dealing are documented over at the New Haven Independent. That would be Norwalk’s Bruce Morris’ parents.
I point these items out only because knowing that former State Senator Bruce Morris was on the committee that gave us the original CRRA deal that somehow resulted in the Wheelabrator facility being paid for by tax dollars but becoming a private operation at the end of the contract. Not such a good deal for taxpayers of all the municipalities that have paid for the facility over the years yet now have nothing to show for it. So when the son comes barreling forth with all this CRRA documentation, you’d think that someone might start to question whence the real interests lie with Mr. Morris, instead of blindly accepting proclamations that only the righteous can serve environmental justice.
Justice, well she moves rather slowly sometimes. But those scales, like CRRA tipping fees, are tipping over with the weight of evidence slowly emerging. When strings are pulled, inevitably, someone will trace them back to the yanking source.
According to The Hour, Morris says this:
Morris said Brown was targeted because she brought up a valid point about the contract. He said the document that Brown produced at the City Council meeting was attacked but the accusation she voiced was never denied.
“They didn’t respond to the accusations,” he said. “They just tried to discredit the entity. We are just trying to confront the issues and make sure there is transparency in government.”
If there was a valid point made, Brown didn’t make it. All along, she pushed fellow Dems to go along with the idea that somehow they needed re-open the bidding process. That included an email inviting council Dems to make a site visit to Enviro in Bridgeport the Saturday before the vote. That was not the action of someone attempting to gain more information about the contract proposal at hand, that was the action of someone who was attempting to influence votes to abandon the completed bid process and possibly re-open the bid process. Why?
The first set of answers will be found in the results following a FOIA request for all contact between State Rep Bruce Morris and CRRA. It’s all about transparency after all.