This is not on topic for me, but it is too funny to pass up:

State and federal authorities said Senate Minority Leader Louis DeLuca in 2005 sought help from James Galante, a Danbury trash hauler currently awaiting trial on 72 counts of tax fraud, racketeering, threatening and extortion.

"When you approach someone who is alleged to be a member of organized crime or affiliated with organized crime and you ask for this help, and you slip a note to them in a diner as opposed to even having a conversation, I think it’s fair to draw an inference that you don’t exactly have the best of intentions," U.S. Attorney Kevin O’Connor said Friday.

DeLuca, a Republican from Woodbury, was booked on a misdemeanor charge Friday of second-degree conspiracy to commit threatening. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Waterbury Superior Court.

DeLuca, 73, said in a written statement that he made a bad decision and was embarrassed by his actions.

"I tried to protect a family member who was vulnerable, who was in a physically abusive domestic relationship and who needed help," he said. "My family and I went to the police three times to get help for my relative, but the police said that they couldn’t help because the victim wouldn’t file a complaint."

DeLuca said he was frustrated by the situation and discussed it with Galante, whom he met a few years earlier when Galante made a large contribution to a charitable cause sponsored by DeLuca.

Authorities said that in April 2005 at a Woodbury diner, Galante passed DeLuca a note that asked, "Do you want me to have someone pay him a visit?"

DeLuca told Galante "yes" and gave Galante the name and address of the alleged abuser, authorities said.

DeLuca had previously praised Galante:

Prior to the indictment, in about 2001, a charitable political organization co-chaired by DeLuca named Galante its Italian-American citizen of the year.



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