Intelligent members of the legal community are generally very precise in their choice of words it is part of their law school education. Words mean something. The words we use can be clear or ambiguous and a skilled attorney knows the difference. The people of Connecticut may not all be as skilled and schooled as lawyers but they are learning to recognize something called Connspeak.
Connspeak is a well crafted string of words intended to create an idea, a vision or perhaps an illusion and may or may not be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. For instance, when Connecticut Attorney General Mr. Blumenthal appeared on MSNBC in January he stated, “I’ve never taken PAC money and I have rejected all special interest money because I have stood strong and taken legal action against many of those special interests.
Clearly the illusion being created is that he does not accept PAC money because he has taken legal action against political action committees and stood strong (although we can not be sure for whom he was standing strong). Yet if we fast forward to April the Federal Elections Commission reports Mr. Blumenthal raised and accepted nearly a quarter million dollars in PAC contributions during the first quarter of this year.
Will he now sit on the sidelines and not stand strong concerning PAC issues? Will he stop enforcement or reduce his involvement with PAC issues? Maybe he misspoke, let’s cut him a break here and take another look before we call it Connspeak.
He seemed to be very clear when he said he served in Vietnam and when he said he wore the uniform in Vietnam. Oh let us not go there. Mr. Blumenthal has already told us he misspoke on that issue. Maybe that was Connspeak.
Connecticut has long been associated with the term nutmeg and a legend of carved wooden nutmegs used to deceive trusting buyers of a treasured spice. The buyer was conned and cheated and didn’t get what they thought they were to receive.
Locally the Town Council said they wanted a survey for input before voting on tipper barrels for trash collection, we want to hear from you, they said. It proved to be a good example of Connspeak it was an illusion. They ignored the 64% of the people who wanted tipper barrels and voted for an alternative supported by less than 20% of the people.
People in office and those running for office can speak, and should speak but they should not Connspeak. The people of Connecticut don’t want illusions, wooden nutmegs or broken promises they want honesty, transparency and a smaller government operating within an affordable budget.