Just a little follow-up to the story we reported tonight during All Things Considered.
First, did anyone else notice that Mayor Pedro Segarra said “Matt Roldan” before correcting himself and saying “Kelvin Roldan”? A slip? A deliberate reference to Matt Hennessy, former chief of staff to Perez who is a friend of Roldan?
Also, we (me, and ddownkowski) got a comment after the story ran tonight from Roldan. It doesn’t address the claims Segarra makes. But it takes aim at the mayor in return. That response is below.
To: Cohen, Jeff; email@example.com
Subject: Re: interview for a story
Sorry for my dealyed response, Busy day.
After quickly reviewing the WWL interview I can only say that the poorly plowed roads in Hartford have kept Mayor Segarra confined to City Hall for too long giving him a very bad case of “cabin fever”. This stream of consciousness performance has Segarra; spending $67,000 for four days to rent a snow machine you can allegedly buy for $250,000, defending a $480K payment he approved to a contractor arrested for bribery, claiming to be a psychotherapist , forgetting the location of the Nelton Court Housing project and finally, calling the “poor people” of Hartford “manipulated” and “incapable of performing the analysis” at election time. I think in this context, any additional comments on my part would just detract from this insightful interview.