My latest column for CTNewsJunkie.com:
Like Fitzgerald's rich, elected officials "are different from you and me." To wit:
House Speaker Matt Ritter scolded some rank-and-file lawmakers for heavy drinking during the marathon legislative discussions typical of the final days of a session. McQuaid and others in the media had been alerted by Kevin Rennie, a former state senator and representative whose blog, Daily Ructions, has a habit of breaking juicy tidbits such as this one.
This should go without saying, but lest we forget: elected officials are a different breed of animal. We report to a boss who can hire, fire and discipline us. Lawmakers report to the voters who elected them. Voters can be remarkably forgiving of naughty behavior if the elected officials bring home the bacon to their districts or can be relied upon to vote the way their constituents want them to.
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