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Lisa Wilson-Foley’s former 5th District congressional campaign manager Chris Syrek testified in federal court Wednesday that he repeatedly tried to dissuade the candidate from hiring former Gov. John Rowland for the campaign, in part because his name would show up on public campaign spending reports.

Rowland’s defense, during cross-examination of another witness, tried to show there were other people not on the campaign’s payroll who also were doing senior campaign work similar to Rowland’s, including Wilson-Foley’s husband, Brian Foley, and state Sen. Kevin Witkos, who was co-chairman of her campaign.

During Rowland’s corruption trial in U.S. District Court, Syrek recalled a car ride with Wilson-Foley on Sept. 14, 2011, during which he tried to dissuade her from hiring Rowland, which was not the first time he had done so.

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