Former Sebastian N. Giuliano will not reapply for the executive director and general counsel of the state Elections Enforcement Commission, the Hartford Courant reports.
Giuliano was informed the agency will be reposting the job opening, according to the Courant, but by bowing to the protests Jan. 13 by state Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, D-Milford, and state Rep. Russ Morin, D-Wethersfield, co-chairmen of the legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee, he said, the SEEC failed to "assert its independence" from the GAE.
The SEEC postponed its vote on the Giuliano's appointment on Jan. 18.
On Jan. 20, State Sen. Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield) to express his concerns about the influence of in the staffing decisions of the independent agency.
On Jan. 17, student Paulina C. Jones-Torregrosa filed a alleging that as mayor, Giuliano violated state elections laws in an attempt to refrain Wesleyan students from exercising their constitutional right to vote.
Later that day, a protester planned by Wesleyan students in Hartford to express their anger over the hiring of the former Middletown mayor as executive director. The only , held outside the offices of the commission on a cold, wet and dreary afternoon, was Mansoor Alam, a spokesman for the students who planned the picket. The class of 2015 freshman who drove from his home in Cheshire held a hand-lettered cardboard sign saying, "Seb Elect Enf Com?"