La­mont hires cousin’s son

Rel­a­tive to serve as a $52,000 per year aide in his of­fice

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Gov. Ned La­mont has hired one of his rel­a­tives to serve as a $52,000 per year aide in his of­fice.

Charles La­mont Wol­cott, the son of one of La­mont’s first cousins, will serve as a “body­man,” trav­el­ing with the gov­er­nor to his daily events, ac­cord­ing to a source fa­mil­iar with the hire.

“He was a trusted con­fi­dant of the gov­er­nor’s dur­ing the cam­paign and he re­mains a trusted con­fi­dant of the gov­er­nor,” said Max Reiss, a spokesman for the gov­er­nor. “Charles, based on his role in the cam­paign, ex­hib­ited that to the gov­er­nor, which is what makes him uniquely suited for this role.”

Wol­cott, a 35­year­old am­a­teur rap artist from Mass­a­chu­setts, with few govern­ment cre­den­tials, worked for La­mont’s cam­paign. He be­gan work for the Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice this week. Wol­cott’s salary is $52,000. Reiss said the hire was re­viewed in­ter­nally by the gov­er­nor’s le­gal coun­sel, but was not re­quired to be re­viewed by the Of­fice of State Ethics.

Wol­cott of­ten per­forms un­der the name MC One Con, ac­cord­ing video clips of him per­form­ing that have been posted to Instagram.

In a video pub­lished to YouTube in May, Wol­cott raps about the “cy­cle of life” wear­ing a “Ned for CT” T­shirt. Sev­eral other videos posted to his YouTube chan­nel in­clude of­fen­sive con­tent and lan­guage, and in one he is shown pre­tend­ing to shoot a group of “thugs.” In another, he pre­tends to wa­ter­board some­one. The videos were taken down Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Reiss de­clined to com­ment on the videos. Wol­cott did not an­swer a call to his last known phone num­ber.

Ear­lier this week, for­mer Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health em­ployee An­drea

Lom­bard was fined $2,500 for vi­o­lat­ing the Code of Ethics by us­ing her state po­si­tion to help her daugh­ter get hired for a tem­po­rary sum­mer po­si­tion and fail­ing to dis­close the con­flict of in­ter­est.

The state statute only ap­plies to im­me­di­ate fami

ly mem­bers in­clud­ing spouses, chil­dren, chil­dren’s spouses, par­ents or sib­lings of govern­ment em­ploy­ees and elected of­fi­cials. As a re­sult, La­mont would not be re­quired to no­tify the Of­fice of State Ethics to hire Wol­cott.

Ned Ger­ard / Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia

Gov. Ned La­mont has hired his cousin’s son.

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