Senator Kissel Asks Governor Rowland To Step Down

January 8, 2004

Senator John A. Kissel, R-Enfield, in a face-to-face meeting this morning asked Governor John Rowland to “step down for the good of the people of the state of Connecticut.”

“I felt it was very important for me to meet with Governor Rowland, man-to-man, face-to-face and eye-to-eye to tell him that I believe he should step down now for the good of the people of the state of Connecticut,” said Senator Kissel.

Senator Kissel, Deputy Minority Leader and ranking Senator on the legislature’s Judiciary and Human Services committees and Select Committee on Aging, met privately with Governor Rowland in his library at the Governor’s Residence before a planned meeting with a larger group of Republican legislators. Senator Kissel is serving his sixth term representing the 7th Senatorial District.

“I felt that Governor Rowland listened courteously and attentively to what I had to say. He reaffirmed at the meeting following my conversation with him that he feels he still has much to offer the people of Connecticut, and that he has no intention of stepping down,” said Senator Kissel.

“It was a difficult decision that I had to make, but I feel that it was in the best interest of my constituents and the people of the state of Connecticut to ask him to step down,” said Senator Kissel.