3:20 PM, Feb 29, 2012 • By VICTORINO MATUS
Jonathan Schrag, until today the deputy commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), does not deny that he once said, "One way to push back on e-mails is to freak someone out." He also doesn't seem to deny that it's his voice left on Cynthia David's answering machine at 11:45 last Thursday night, telling her that "we are calling from the Democratic Electronic Monitoring Service. We understand that you are an e-mailer with respect to Democratic candidates. We wish you to know that your e-mails are being observed. Thank you."
Ms. David runs an informal gathering known as the Conservative Women's Forum (of which my mother-in-law belongs), which recently informed its members of a hearing involving DEEP. But the forum doesn't make endorsements of any kind—it doesn't even collect dues.
Credit goes to Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie, who wrote up the incident last night. Notice how Schrag handles the unfolding scandal:
I ran out of gas. I ... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! It wasn't my fault, I swear to God!
The governor's office, on the other hand, reacted swiftly, announcing that an investigation would be underway—including getting a hold of Schrag's phone records. Schrag, meanwhile, submitted his resignation today.