Former Gov. John Rowland will no longer play a role in fellow Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley’s congressional campaign.
Rowland, who spent 10 months in federal prison on corruption charges and now hosts an afternoon radio call-in show, told The Register Citizen’s Matt DeRienzo today that he is going to stop volunteering with the campaign.
Chris Healy, a Wilson-Foley adviser, said the former governor called the campaign this afternoon.
Rowland’s role with Wilson-Foley’s campaign has been a trigger for controversy.
Rowland has identified himself as an unpaid adviser to Wilson-Foley, a Farmington Valley businesswoman.
But the disclosure that Rowland was working as a paid consultant to a business led by Wilson-Foley’s husband has raised a host of questions and prompted one of her rivals for the Republican nomination to file a complaint with the Federal Election Commission.
Mike Clark of Farmington said he drafted his complaint to the FEC after revelations that Rowland was on the payroll of Apple Rehab, a chain of 26 nursing and rehabilitation centers in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Wilson-Foley’s husband, Brian Foley, is the company’s CEO and president.
Rowland was paid $5,000 a month by Apple for a six-month period, beginning Oct. 1 and ending on March 31.
Healy said Rowland helped out with the campaign when he had time. “Like any volunteer, it was occasional,” Healy said. “We’re moving on with our campaign.”