I am the interim executive director of the Martin Luther King Housing Development Association. I have read the attacks by those supporting the Jeannie Darneille campaign with interest (TNT, 7-30).
I think it is important to point out that Jack Connelly had informed the association that he could not remain on the board, but then came back to assist it when the problems arose with the grant which Brian Ebersole and others had obtained from the Legislature.
Connelly returned and then stayed on after he learned of the problems even though a lot of people left. His firm has represented the association without charge, and Connelly and his wife have donated more than $100,000 of their own money to help it stay afloat.
It is also important to point out that the board unanimously fired the former executive director in July 2009 when it learned that he had misspent $453,999. The board then made a decision to try to keep the association going.
It would have been just as easy to walk away. Instead, Connelly has worked to try to find ways to save low-income housing on the Hilltop. We are very appreciative of his work and commitment.