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Gov. Lamont stands by Goldman Sachs nominee

February 11, 2019

David Lehman, a former Goldman Sachs banker who is Gov. Ned Lamont’s nominee for a top economic-development job remains on-track to start work next week, after the governor on Monday reconfirmed his support, despite questions raised by Hearst Connectict Media Group Columnist Colin McEnroe.

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“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, especially Colin who’s been a columnist for years,” said Maribel La Luz, Lamont’s director of communications. “We’re looking forward to discussing David’s background, experience and expertise, as well as his thoughts about how to get Connecticut’s economy growing again, when he begins his new role.”

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In the column, McEnroe recounted that Lehman was co-chairman of a Goldman Sachs division that peddled “structured products” to customers as part of a way to make money on the Great Recssion and so-called collaterized debt obligations that treated home mortgages like assets at a time when the housing bubble burst.

Lehman is scheduled to start his job as commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, and senior economic adviser, on February 19. His nomination and public hearing before the legislative Executive and Legislative Nominations Committee, has not yet been scheduled.

kdixon@ctpost.com Twitter: @KenDixonCT

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