It’s 36-pages long and there were only about 1,000 copies printed. Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s printed legacy cost that state about $4,400, according to the Department of Administrative Services.
The report details Rell’s six and a half years in office starting with campaign finance reform and ending with the 2010 budget.
On page 34 titled: “Summing Up The Rell Record” the authors of the report, who aren’t named, say the following: By restoring trust in government, breaking the transportation gridlock and redefining educational opportunity in our state, Governor Rell has charted a bold course and shaped a better Connecticut.
It goes onto say that “Despite sometimes stiff opposition from veto-proof majorities in the state House of Representatives and Senate, Governor Rell has put an indelible and uniquely personal stamp on Connecticut. Her leadership has helped shield residents from many of the effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. With targeted investments and fiscal restraint, Governor Rell has continued to build a quality of life in Connecticut that is the envy of the nation.”
Rell’s critics may disagree, but one day before a new governor takes office many lawmakers and staff kept their comments to themselves when shown the book.
Rell’s press staff, who has emptied out their offices, was unable to be reached for comment Tuesday, so it’s unclear why the book was printed and for whom.
Rell has been invited, but has declined to attend Gov.-elect Dan Malloy’s swearing-in ceremony Wednesday.