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Letter: Questions for general assembly candidate O'Dea

Published 7:27 pm, Sunday, March 25, 2012
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As a public advocate for investigating corruption in this municipality and around the State of Corrupticut (go to www.no-wackileaks.com for details), I read with incredulity that 15 Republican leaders had already endorsed Attorney Tom O'Dea to the throne being vacated by Rep. John Hetherington of the 125th District of the General Assembly.

O'Dea opined two weeks ago, "I have a number of close friends of the General Assembly -- on both sides of the aisle -- with whom I will work tirelessly if I am elected."

Do the Towns of New Canaan and Wilton need another elected representative in Hartford who is just another "political insider trader?"

We ask that Attorney O'Dea respond to the following observation concerning potential "conflicts of interest" at the upcoming Republican Town Caucus meetings:

1. Attorney O'Dea has never signed the Endorsement of the Town Code of Ethics, and Conflicts of Interest statement that is required by the Town Charter in section 17.1-17.8 to be enforced upon all appointed and elected "public officials."

2. Attorney O'Dea's posted biography on his law firm's website, Halloran and Sage, indicates he is a "litigation" expert for municipality concerns.

3. Attorney O'Dea is requested to address "potential conflicts of interest" in serving his law firm advocacy for litigation driven fee income and Attorney O'Dea's role for fiscal responsibility in the wake of the Lakeview Bridge legal fiasco.

4. Attorney O'Dea, as the appointed Town Council liaison with the New Canaan Police Department was provided a copy of letter in January 2012 seeking sanctions on Chief Ed Nadriczny's for willful non-compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.

5. Town Hall records do not reflect any declaration of a potential conflict of interest that has been declared with Attorney O'Dea's "cozy" rather than "independent" relationship with the NCPD.

6. Attorney O'Dea served from 1997 to 2004 on the Judicial Selection Committee.

We ask Attorney O'Dea to declare whether he always informed an opposing counsel of potential "conflict of interests" in cases adjudicated in a courtroom where he litigated a case before a Superior Court Judge who Attorney O'Dea approved for re-nomination or appointment to the bench?

Michael Nowacki

Private Attorney General

New Canaan