May 28, 2007
By Ken Krayeske • 11:00 PM EST
Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs? General Mills is changing its tune
The Cool Justice Report has been following the slimy trail of Enfield's Democrat Mayor Patrick Tallarita, who is currently under investigation by the State's Attorney's Office for potential political corruption.
Just moments ago, Andy Thibault and Jim Brewer sent this one out:
BREAKING NEWS: Enfield Witness Intimidated
Tallarita Goes Berserk
At Shaw’s Supermarket;
Mayor Screams In Checkout Line
And Flips The Bird In Front Of Children
As He Threatens Witness
In Political Corruption Probe
The craziest part of the story is not the fact that Mayor Tallarita issued fighting words in front of children, or that the grocery store manager has it all on surveillance tape - no, the loopiest sentence to me is that Tallarita won't be running for re-election because he may be up for a job in Congressman Joe Courtney's office.
Tallarita was Courtney's campaign treasurer, which was probably in title only, as it is unlikely that Tallarita did anything more than sign off on the complex campign finance reports that detail the $2.45 million Courtney raised. In March of 2006, Tallarita gave $200 to Courtney's campaign, according to Opensecrets.org.
In this aspect, it seems the Democrats are no different from the Republicans in protecting their own. Tallarita is also a long time state employee.
He is the Director of Facilities Operations for the Connecticut Department of Labor. The job pays about $99,000 annually, and according to the job description, Tallarita needs "Two (2) years' experience in a managerial capacity in leasing, acquisition or management of property."
Aside from knowledge about land use agreements, the job also requires "considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills."
One wonders which of those skills were on display when Tallarita went cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs at the grocery store checkout.