We’ll hold the trial in the morning and hang em before noon. The “jobs” Senator. “You are out of business. You are dead”
Not long ago I asked the Hartford Courant to look into Blumenthal’s record as AG, a record that by any measure is spotty at best. Long championed as the hero of the working class, he instead has a long trail of unresolved law suits, many of which killed businesses and jobs, many of whom were guilty of nothing except providing a juicy target for an AG who was more comfortable in front of a news camera than a court room.
This column, not from the MSM, but from the UCONN Daily Campus, details it all and does the work that apparently the MSM wouldn’t do because … well … because they were too busy taking whacks at the WWE and steriods.
During his time as attorney general, Blumenthal completed 380,963 cases and released 2,427 press releases. Meanwhile, his office budget increased from $13.4 million to $29.4 million, as reported by TheDay.com. Blumenthal’s biggest self-proclaimed victory was in 1998, when he joined many other state attorney generals in the fight against “Big Tobacco.” Blumenthal also sued Smith & Wesson, demanding that gun manufacturers be held responsible for crimes committed by individual gun owners. He even sued Microsoft for anti-trust violations over the marketing of Windows 98.
Blumenthal received widespread publicity for his lawsuits targeting “Big Business,” but he has targeted small businesses as well, showing little discretion before suing them. He sued Computers Plus Center of Waterbury for $1.75 million and publicly accused its owner, Gina Malapanis, of fraud. Malapanis was later arrested in her own home. In 2008, a Waterbury jury dismissed the charges and awarded Malapanis $18 million, not as a reward for the crimes that she allegedly committed, but for the blatantly inappropriate and vicious way in which the case was handled.
That’s just a sample of the destruction left in the AG’s wake. There’s more, much more … bu as the author writes, there just isn’t enough space to detail it all. Still here’s another sample.
Then there is the case of New England Pellet LLC. In the winter of 2008, Blumenthal sued the company, which was having trouble supplying its customers with wood pellets, even though the company had already begun to refund its customers. On television, Blumenthal accused the company of engaging in “consumer harm” and demanded “civic penalties and restitution.” As a result, the company collapsed. One of the co-owners attempted suicide. Only later did the lead investigator admit that he had no evidence to support the major accusations levied against New England Pellet. The Middletown Press’s Donald Pesci quotes NEP lawyer Jim Oliver as saying this about the case: “if [Blumenthal] sues you for $70,000, and wants $1 million in penalties, life as you know it is over. Your bank accounts are seized. Liens are placed on property and assets. Even if you win, the state will appeal and you will wait another year. You are out of business. You are dead.”
In these crucial days before the election, Blumenthal wants voters to see him as the state’s white knight, the ultimate father-figure who protects the helpless population from evil business. In the past, maintaining this heroic image required a villain – AT&T, the Atlantic Coast Conference, Atlantic Wire, “Big Tobacco,” Broadwater, Brookfield Quarry, Computers Plus Center, Countrywide Financial, Microsoft, the Phoenix Products Company of Plymouth, United Technologies Corporation, Smith and Wesson and the Thames Shipyard & Repair Company, among others.
In a state where the unemployment rate is 9.1%, it is apparent that the AG not only doesn’t know how to create jobs, he seems intent on destroying them. No doubt within this pile of rubble thee are cases worthy of consumer protection, and worthy of court action. But I can’t see the forest for the trees.
Read it all.