HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s former Motor Vehicles Department commissioner is defending the issuing of dozens of low-number state license plates to former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, her relatives and her loyalists in the final months of her administration.

Former DMV Commissioner Robert Ward told The Hartford Courant that state law says the low-number plates are to be issued at the discretion of the DMV commissioner. Rell didn’t seek re-election last year and her administration left office Jan. 5.

Courant opinion columnist Kevin Rennie first reported on his blog Thursday afternoon that the DMV gave Rell and her husband the 14 plate and gave other low-number plates to Rell’s relatives.

Rennie reported that former Rell Chief of Staff M. Lisa Moody coordinated the effort and got the 83 plate, and her relatives got low-number plates.
Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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