March 3, 2010
By Ken Krayeske • 9:20 AM EST
Here is a .pdf of the email I received from the Connecticut State Police today, cerca 2007. I've given Lisa Moody the courtesy of redacting her cell phone number.
If the President calls Connecticut in a state of emergency, Lisa Moody will answer the phone.
On May 15, 2007, Connecticut state police commanding officer Colonel Thomas Davoren emailed Gov. M. Jodi Rell's chief of staff Lisa Moody: "We received an inquiry from the FEMA operations center requesting a number for 24/7 contact with the Governor in case the President needed to speak with the Governor's on short request."
The next afternoon, May 16, 2007, Moody wrote back: "We have always given out my cell phone as the primary contact 24/7."
I received this email interaction between Moody and Davoren today as part of an FOIA request I have with the Connecticut Department of Public Safety.
Consider, for a moment, that in the event of a Katrina-style disaster in Connecticut, the first person the President would talk is....Lisa Moody.
Perhaps this is an overstatement, and Davoren actually meant the Governor's office, instead of the Governor, and thus there would be a number of conversations between underlings before the President actually spoke with Governor Rell.
But then again, Davoren's e-mail sounds like he is describing the Bat phone. Or that classic 3 a.m. phone call that Hillary so scared us into thinking could happen. The government prepares for that 3 a.m. phone call, and in Governor Rell's administration, it looks like Lisa Moody is the person who gets it.