Solitaire-Playing Lawmakers Draw Criticism

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    Jessica Hill/AP
    This photo of CT lawmakers playing games during talks to balance the state budget has led to a call to ban electronic devices during special legislative sessions.

    You've probably seen it.

    A photo captured by an Associated Press photographer showed two lawmakers playing solitaire online during a special session to pass a two-year budget in the state.

    The games took place as lawmakers met late Monday night and into Tuesday morning  to pass a budget, which was already three months late.

    The picture caused quite a stir, and found itself on several Web sites, including nbcconnecticut.com and The Drudge Report.

    Now, a Republican candidate planning a run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Christopher Dodd in 2010 has called for a change in policy.

    In a letter written to Connecticut Senate President Donald Williams and House Speaker Christopher Donovan, Tom Foley is calling for a ban on Blackberries and laptops during formal Connecticut House and Senate sessions.

    "It's bad enough that taxes and spending are going up," Foley said in a letter, which he also posted on his campaign Web site.  "It's even worse to think that our elected representatives would rather play computer games than listen to arguments against their reckless tax-and-spend philosophy."

    Williams and Donovan have yet to respond.