On Friday, Valerie Sommerville, a member of Henninger’s staff, and Bruce Mowry, the Connecticut official in charge of the purchase and upkeep of state vehicles, both resigned. Their resignations came in the wake of Gotcha!’s revelations that Henninger’s nephew Thomas Perkins operated a shell company that received kickbacks from auto parts suppliers that sold replacement parts to the state.
Sommerville and Mowry both apologized and resigned for their role in the scandal, each asserting the Governor had no knowledge of the situation. Their fall-on-you-sword mentality apparently satisfied internal investigators, who cleared the Governor of any wrongdoing.
“I hope this brings this unfortunate chapter to a close,” the Governor said in a release Monday. “My office will continue to adhere to stringent ethical standards, and corruption will not be tolerated.”
The Governor declined further comment.
However, multiple sources said that tolerating corruption is exactly what the Governor did with regard to Perkins and his shell company, Nutmeg Auto Parts Supplier. Those sources, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, repeatedly asserted that the Governor directed other state employees to work with Thomas.
Thomas received about a five-percent kickback on each purchase Connecticut made from auto part suppliers Thomas worked with. Nutmeg has supplied Connecticut with replacement auto parts for the past three years.
Prior to founding Nutmeg, sources tell Gotcha! that Thomas had enrolled in and then dropped out of Connecticut State University and experienced two brief run-ins with the law — one for public intoxication and another for driving under the influence. Both charges were later dropped. Thomas has repeatedly declined to speak with Gotcha!.
Henninger currently is serving his second term as Connecticut governor. He has two years remaining on his term. Rumblings of corruption have hounded Henninger’s time in office, but thus far, his Teflon has done its job.