Connecticut lawmakers have confirmed Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s nominee for economic development chief, despite initial concerns about the former Goldman Sachs executive’s possible role in the national mortgage meltdown.
The Senate voted 28-8 Wednesday in favor of David Lehman, who met privately with lawmakers, assuring them he did nothing untoward during his 15 years at the investment bank.
Lehman’s confirmation does not need House action.
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Democratic Sen. Gary Winfield of New Haven says it’s important for members of the public who contacted him with concerns about Lehman to know lawmakers “thought deeply” about whether to support his nomination. He says ultimately Lamont should have the ability to appoint members of his own cabinet.
Lehman will serve as Lamont’s senior economic advisor and commissioners of the Department of Economic and Community Development.