September 2nd, 2009 | Uncategorized

What politicians really do in their spare time

In this photograph by Jessica Hill of The Associated Press on Monday, two state lawmakers can be seen playing solitaire as House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero delivers a speech in the House chamber.
In this photograph by Jessica Hill of The Associated Press on Monday, two state lawmakers can be seen playing solitaire as House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero delivers a speech in the House chamber. Photo by Zeke Miller.

Let this be another reminder: Look around before you start playing solitaire when you shouldn’t.

Three state lawmakers are facing public ridicule for their computer activities during debate Monday on the floor of the state House of Representatives over the new biennial budget. Rep. Barbara Lambert of Milford and Rep. Jack F. Hennessy of Bridgeport, both Democrats, can be seen in an Associated Press photograph playing solitaire on their laptops in the House chamber while House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero was giving a speech. Another unidentified lawmaker can be seen accessing ESPN.com.

Of course, this is not the first time (or the second time) that someone has been caught playing solitaire while on official business.