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Shake up at the Capitol as Governor Ned Lamont announces staff changes six months into term

WATERBURY -- Six months into the new administration, Governor Ned Lamont made key changes in his press team.

With the legislative session over, two senior staffers are leaving.

Jonathan Harris

Former State Sen. Jonathan Harris of West Hartford will replace senior adviser Colleen Flanagan Johnson and NBC Connecticut political reporter Max Reiss will replace Maribel La Luz as communications director.

These staff changes have resulted in some criticism about replacing two women with two men.

“I think we have the most diverse administration in the history of the state,” said Lamont. “I think most of our commissioners are women.”

Colleen Flanagan

In Waterbury on Wednesday, Governor Ned Lamont held community conversation and visited local businesses. Meanwhile, talks about his staff changes swirled from the Capitol across the state.

“I’m really proud of everything our team has done working together,” he said. “Jonathan Harris knows the building really well, strong personal relationships with people inside the LOB.”

“Max brings a media savvy, comes out of the electronic media with a different background,” Lamont added.

Maribel La Luz

In the meantime, legislators have complained about Lamont’s message on tolls, but Lamont said he was not dissatisfied with his press team.

“I think we’ve tried to make the case every business leader in this state knows it is crucial to economic development,” he said.

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