Conn. governor cites achievements as she bows out
CROMWELL, Conn. — Governor M. Jodi Rell, preparing to leave office next month, choked back tears yesterday in Cromwell as she thanked the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce for their years of support and friendship.
“I am a better person for having met all of you,’’ she said at the annual holiday breakfast.
The Republican governor told reporters afterward that it is bittersweet to be leaving the office she has held for six years. Rell has served more than a quarter-century in public office, including her time as governor, lieutenant governor, and state representative.
“It is really an honor and privilege to serve as governor of this great state and I’m going to miss the people, miss the wonderful events like this that we have every year, the things that you look forward to,’’ Rell said.
“But as I said, it’s time for a new chapter.’’
Rell took over as governor in 2004 after her predecessor, John G. Rowland, resigned from office amid a corruption scandal. She pointed yesterday to her early efforts to “restore honor to the state of Connecticut’’ as one of her major accomplishments.
“Our state had been through so much. And what we really needed to do, what we needed at the time, was to move on, to once again make our residents proud of our state government,’’ said Rell.
Rell cited her efforts to reform state campaign finance laws, overhaul the state’s ethics commission, to boost state financial support for public education by 20 percent, and to stop the shutdown of the US Submarine Base in Groton, as among some of her top accomplishments.