Kevin Rennie writes for the Hartford Courant - the country's oldest newspaper - that emails to and from Mrs. Lamont were obtained through a request for documents under the Freddom of Information Act, and that "they reveal life inside the Lamont bunker as it struggled to work the levers of power in its first year."
Soda taxes, healthcare, tolls - they're all mentioned. Rennie assesses the emails as such: "(they) provide a look at an administration run by people with little experience wrestling with an independent legislature and intricate bureaucracy."
Curiously, it's the absurd soda tax that takes precedence over tolls for the bulk of Rennie's - and, ostensibly, Mrs. Lamont's - writings. At the end of one message Rennie describes as "expressing dismay that (the Lamont) administration was playing too much defense," Rennie provides an excerpt from an email that reads as such: "Let's cap legislators health insurance claims, given their showy addiction to 16 ounce sodas. It could be very expensive for the next generation." That email went out from Lamont to his wife and three staff members. The Mrs. replied, "Love it!"
Not long after, Lamont named former PepsiCo head Indra Nooyi as part of his team, who it was quickly revealed via an email by Yale's Jeffrey Sonnenfeld was "emabarrassed and surprised by the soda tax." To be sure, an email by Nooyi herself has her asking for the budget to be "laid out in a way that I can speak from it. Been desperately trying to get from governors team (sic). I think root canal is easier." OUCH.