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Tracey Scalzi is not a registered lobbyist. Nonetheless, Scalzi, who owns tobacco shops in Norwalk and Orange, reportedly approached state legislators to discuss pending legislation, a bill to license smoke shops, and she did so in a lobby — specifically the lobby within the women's restroom of the General Assembly. "She ignored the lobbyist ropes that restrict their access and chased us down, even in the ladies room," State Rep. Lonnie Reed (D-Branford) griped to the Branford Eagle news website. Reed claims that Scalzi spent hours in that restroom on the final days of the legislative session in order to "grab the unsuspecting." Reed was further irritated that Scalzi, who is reportedly in league with a Virginia law firm that often represents tobacco companies, spoke in the lingo of lobbyists and had a book of legislator photos and contact info commonly carried by them.
By Nick Keppler
June 12, 2012