Newly minted U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty is learning a hard lesson about being a public figure this week: public meetings, with public officials, are supposed to be open. And if you are Member of Congress, asking the press to turn off the digital recorders and close the notebooks won’t win you much praise.
From the Record-Journal, which has declined to participate in Rep. Esty’s off-the-record meetings with public officials:
MERIDEN — To ensure a frank and honest discussion at council chambers in City Hall Wednesday night, U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s staff has requested that the congresswoman’s meeting to gain insight from city leaders and stakeholders in the wake of the Newtown school killings be closed to the public.
The Record-Journal and Waterbury Republican have declined to cover the meetings under Esty’s gag rule.