Senator McKinney Responds to Governor Rowland’s Resignation

June 21, 2004

State Senator John McKinney, R-Fairfield, today said that he saddened by the events that led to the resignation of Governor John G. Rowland but said the state of Connecticut is better off now that he has decided to resign.

“In the best interests of the people of the state of Connecticut the Governor’s decision to step down from office was the right decision to make,” said Sen. McKinney. “This scandal has taken its toll and it is time that we moved forward.”

Senator McKinney was one of the first Senators to call for Gov. Rowland’s resignation back in January.

“It is a sad day for the state of Connecticut, but the bottom line is that this scandal was taking away from the governor’s ability to lead our state and the time had come for him to step down.”

Senator McKinney said that he has full confidence in Lt. Governor M. Jodi as she assumes the office of Governor. “You ask anyone in the halls of the capitol what they think of Jodi Rell and they will have nothing but good things to say. I have no doubt that Jodi will do a great job. She has the respect of the entire legislature and I look forward to working with her,” said Sen. McKinney.