M. Jodi Rell

The official portrait of former Gov. M. Jodi Rell was unveiled this week at the state Capitol. (Matt Gosciminski / FOX CT / September 10, 2013)

  • Related
  • What do you think?
    (Note: This is an unscientific poll.)

    Who should pay for a governor's portrait?

    • The state. It's a relatively small amount in a budget of billions. Governors are owed this gift of gratitude by the state.
    • Private citizens. The taxpayers shouldn't have to pay for this ego trip. Let a governor's supporters raise the money for a portrait.
    • No one. Governors should ditch portraits -- they're a thing of the past -- and go with photos instead. Portraits are a waste of money.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s official portrait was unveiled this week in Memorial Hall in the State Library, raising the question of whether the state should continue to finance such memorials. The oil painting’s cost of $36,639 was paid for by the state Office Policy and Management. Money for the portrait had not been included in the state budget in 2011, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Rell’s successor, found the money. Should the state stop commissioning such artwork and use photo displays instead? Or should there be private fundraising for this honor? Or are governors owed this tribute after their service? What’s your view?


Gov. Rell's Portrait Unveiled In Hartford
Hartford Courant, Sept. 11

Commissioning of Rell portrait kept hanging
Middletown Press

Find the money for portrait of former Gov. Rell
Hartford Courant