DeLuca Settles Up With Ethics Complaint

Stems from incident with convicted felon James Galante

Former Connecticut Senate Minority Leader Louis DeLuca is paying $2,500 to settle a state ethics complaint stemming from his misdemeanor threatening conviction last year.

The Woodbury Republican had met with James Galante, the owner of several trash-hauling and related companies that were registered as lobbyists in Connecticut. During that meeting, DeLuca accepted an offer from Galante to threaten DeLuca's granddaughter's husband. DeLuca believed the man was abusing his granddaughter.

Under state law, a public official cannot accept such a gift from a registered lobbyist or anyone acting on behalf of a registered lobbyist.

DeLuca, who resigned his Senate seat last year after facing possible expulsion, denies Galante's offer was a gift because the threat was never made.

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