APRIL 3, 2012: Laura Jordan, House Speaker Chris Donovan’s chief of staff at the state Capitol, sends a text message to Assist. Majority Leader Joseph Aresimowicz in an effort to ascertain if there is to be activity on the roll-your-own legislation coming up.
Aresimowicz responds by offering to flip votes while the bill was still open before the Finance committee. After several communications suggesting he would attempt to flip votes in order to defeat the bill, Aresimowicz doesn’t hear back from Jordan and eventually votes in favor. The bill passes the Finance committee, 33-17.
Provided as evidence by federal prosecutors in the trial of Robert Braddock Jr.