I have to offer a h/t to hatcityblog.blogspot.com for their in depth and continuous coverage of this scandal - and clearly identifying the real public demon (apart from the thug Galante) and that is Mark Boughton. And now Boughton's henchman/chief of hate-mongering Machlachlan is running for state senate to further poison Danbury's reputation. Here is another corrupt tool looking to infiltrate the Capitol - another hate-mongering, fear-mongering dirty-handed, corrupt politician seeking to replace Cappiello (who looks like a saint comparatively).
You mean that chief of staff McLaughlin who reportedly turns red-faced and loses his temper and ...(I know, I know...keep my mouth shut).
Back to the comment.
Now onto Cappiello.
I hate to sound like I am defending Cappiello here, but I am intimately familiar with campaign finance at the state senate level and have been a treasurer many times, so I must provide insight. I would indeed be shocked if Cappiello knew of any of this when the donation was recorded. Senators rarely do more than skim who gives to them (some don't even know how much money they have, let alone who gave)and I have only seen a few who really scrutinize who did give, but those folks are really looking for who didn't give and pay a lot more attention to who gave to their opponents.
Now that being said...once the Galante sh!t hit the fan, a smart politician - and certainly one with aspirations for higher office - would go over all of their past filings with a fine toothed comb, uncover anything suspicious, and bring it to the attention of the proper authorities.
Instead, Cappiello is shocked, Boughton claims stupidity, and DeLuca...well we all know what DeLuca did.
Oh, did I mention that, unlike Cappiello, Boughton to this date STILL hasn't given back Galante's dirty money?
Tick-tock, tick tock...it will be September before you know it and the REAL interesting Galante trial begins.