President Mark Gearan was quoted in the Hartford Courant article “Critics Detect Lawyerly Edit In Speech,” about Connecticut Gov. John Rowland's resignation speech. According to the article, Gov. Rowland's speech was an emotional farewell that lacked specific details of his reasons for his resignation, scandals in his administration, and apologies to the people of Connecticut.
“In the heat of the moment for political figures like this, especially one who enjoyed as meteoric a rise as Rowland, it is impossible to put everything in a realistic context,” said Gearan. “And if this speech was lawyered by attorneys worried about future investigations, this is what you get. At best it's a guarded commentary.”