Melissa Engel: “Herewith sirs, I shall seek redress for thine grave offenses to me.”
Everyone’s least favorite former Town Council Chairwoman and Lawyer Retirement Fund Contributor is — to no one’s surprise — back at it today, with every word carefully recorded by Mike B., Her Majesty’s loyal and dutiful Scribe of Markham:
Melissa Engel, through her attorney Ken Barber, has informed the town by way of a letter dated July 30, that she intends to bring a lawsuit against the town and certain employees.
“The lawsuit will spring from certain acts and omissions of Town employees in investigating a complaint to the police department concerning Ms. Engel’s activities that were ruled on by the Connecticut State Election Enforcement Commission in March 2012,” the letter states.
Funny how Mike B. always gets those PDFs up online before everyone else. That kid is sure as hell one ace of a reporter! (Except when dealing with sensitive news stories about fatalities — but thats for another time.) Someone oughta get him a job at the Courant or somethin’! … Oh, wait.
Your Dude’s take: notwithstanding the perhaps-not-illegal-but-ethically-questionable situation created when an elected member of the BOE is retained as counsel by a plaintiff suing the same legal entity he serves, I see two outcomes:
- A quick, cheap settlement equal to or less than the cost of the town’s defense. This in the vain hope that Tissa might have the wisdom (DON”T BE RIDICULOSE!) to realize such an offer might be the best deal since that price reduction on pump outs from the honeydipper driver over at the campground.
- A histrionic, protracted and absurd legal drama clogged up with attempts to, yet again, depose imagined anti-O’Keefe-Engel-McKInney conspirators. A proceeding that will ultimately get laughed out of court, very likely end in public humiliation for Tissa and her pals and put her on the hook for the town’s legal costs.
Never mind the fact that this all is, as Col. Sherman T. Potter would say, ”fully and entirely a boatload of horse hockey!” Tissa was, as a matter of public record, caught on several occasions doing a lot of ethically questionable — and in some cases outright illegal things — was duly investigated, got in trouble for a few and was lucky enough to get off the hook for others.
But, true to narcissistic form, rather than count her lucky stars for dodging the bullet and retreating to private life, she keeps coming back to remind us that she: a) likes to squander taxpayer resources and funds, b) is indeed a most litigious person, c) really, really, really hates Matt Reimondo, and most of all d) desperately, desperately craves attention, no matter how unflattering. Ain’t she sweet?
Get ready for a new round of ”WAIT UNTIL THE TRUTH REALLY COMES OUT OMGWTFBBQ!!!!” commentary, kiddos.