The state Senate will form a bipartisan committee to investigate and possibly discipline former Senate Republican leader Louis DeLuca following his guilty plea for conspiring to threaten his granddaughter's husband, top senators announced this afternoon.This whole embarrassing episode of the senate disciplining one of their own could all be avoided if "Looney" DeLuca would simply do the right thing and simply resign. The fact that he hasn't resigned, or that the Republican leadership hasn't place pressure on him to step down, is simply mind-boggling.
The six-member committee, composed of three Democrats and three Republicans, will be named within the next two weeks, and the full Senate could vote in November on whether to reprimand, censure or expel DeLuca. The committee could also decide to take no action following a series of public hearings.
"The committee will be thorough and deliberative, and will consider a variety of disciplinary options,'' Williams said, noting that DeLuca would be given the chance to present his case.
DeLuca was arrested in June on a warrant after the FBI stated that DeLuca met with Danbury trash hauler James Galante in April 2005 in order to have Waterbury resident Mark Colella intimidated because DeLuca believed that Colella was abusing his wife, Casey - DeLuca's granddaughter. Colella has denied the allegations, and DeLuca has repeatedly refused to resign as a senator over the past two months.
- DeLuca had dealings with James Galante, an individual on trial for tax fraud, racketeering, and extortion based on a federal probe of organized crime in Danbury's trash industry.
- DeLuca promised an undercover agent that he "would use his influence to discover anything that could hurt Galante, and "'blunt it as best I can.'"
- DeLuca made a deal with Galante in which the trashman would "rough up" someone he thought was abusing one of his relatives
- Waterbury's Chief of police Neil O'Leary directly contradicted DeLuca's statement that the police offered no assistance for his relative that was being abused.
I can go on and on but I think you get the point...I wonder why DeLuca can't get the point and do us all a favor and go away.