In new job, disgraced governor helps fellow ex-cons

Former Gov. John Rowland (WFSB file photo)

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland was released from federal custody on Friday, May 25, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.

Rowland was convicted of election fraud and obstruction of justice in 2014. He served a 30-month sentence beginning in the fall of 2016.

"The jury really felt the government had proven its case, has proven that Mr. Rowland had committed some serious crimes,” said Chris Mattei, who is the prosecutor who led the case against Rowland.

The former Governor claimed he was a campaign volunteer for Lisa Wilson-Foley, who was running for the fifth congressional district. Rowland said he was being paid as a campaign consultant for Wilson-Foley’s husband, Brian Foley.

Rowland also served seven months in prison when he was convicted in 2004 for taking roughly $100,000 from businessman who were looking for tax breaks or state contracts.

"Any time someone of influence and power is trying to inject secret money into our campaigns, it has the effect of drowning out the voice of average voters,” Mattei said.

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