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Four Facts About Chris Mattei, the New CT-Gov Candidate That Prosecuted Rowland … and Democrats

April 19, 2017 By Staff
Four Facts About Chris Mattei, the New CT-Gov Candidate That Prosecuted Rowland … and Democrats

Chris Mattei, a former federal prosecutor, became the third Democrat to announce a run for governor with a video on Wednesday morning.

Democrat Chris Mattei announced a run for governor of Connecticut on Wednesday morning. Among other cases, the former federal prosecutor helped send both John Rowland and an aide to Connecticut’s former Democratic speaker to jail.

Mattei made the announcement with a short video:

Here are four fast facts about Mattei, the third Democrat to announce a run for governor in 2018 (after Dan Drew and Jonathan Harris).

#1: MATTEI HELPED PROSECUTE JOHN ROWLAND

Mattei’s bio notes that he “prosecuted John G. Rowland and others who were convicted of abusing the public’s trust and funneling secret money into Connecticut campaigns.”

#2: …AND A KEY DEMOCRATIC AIDE

Mattei also helped send Joshua Nassi, a former campaign aide to House Speaker Chris Donovan (D-Meriden), to jail “for conspiring to block tobacco tax legislation in return for $27,500 in contributions to his boss’s doomed congressional campaign.”

Mattei said of Nassi at the time: “the Court’s sentence [must] announce clearly to those in positions of trust within campaigns and government that this type of behavior is not only illegal, but intolerable.”

#3: HE’S RUNNING AGAINST … TRUMP?

Mattei mentions Trump in the press release announcing his exploratory committee – he wants to “[stand] up for Connecticut values against the divisive rhetoric and policies of the Trump Administration.”

Mattei also alludes to “troubled” times in his announcement video. Time will tell whether the strategy works, as it did not for the 32nd State Senate District special election in Connecticut back in February.

#4: HE LACKS THE MALLOY ‘BAGGAGE’

One important factor that may separate Mattei from other contenders Drew and Harris: he does not have ties to the nation’s most unpopular Democratic governor, Dan Malloy.

Drew has ties to Malloy going back five years, and Harris has ties going back eight years. Mattei does not. Will he stick up for Malloy on the campaign trail? Only time will tell.