(CBS Connecticut) –– Former Governor John G. Rowland,   described as a co-conspirator in a 2012 campaign finance conspiracy, has announced he is leaving his radio show on WTIC NewsTalk 1080.  Rowland joined the station in September of 2010.

Rowland’s personal future, and his role with the station, came under speculation earlier this week  when Lisa Wilson-Foley and Brian Foley this week entered guilty pleas in federal court in Hartford to charges involving campaign contributions in her bid for Republican nomination in the 2012 Fifth Congressional District race.  (see earlier story)

Station Program Director Jenneen Lee issued a statement: “We accept Mr. Rowland’s decision to step down at this time.  Pastor Will will take over the 3-6pm show beginning on Monday.”

Court documents in the Foley case indicated that “Co-conspirator 1” was being paid by Brian Foley’s business to provide political consulting for Lisa Wilson-Foley’s campaign, and testimony in court implicated Rowland.

The day after the pleas by the Foleys,  Rowland had said he would not be commenting on the legal developments,  saying it was his intention “to respect the process.”  (see earlier story)

He continued his program through Thursday,  when he made the announcement.  The Boston Red Sox home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers will air Friday afternoon.

Rowland resigned as governor during a 2004 scandal involving state contractors.


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