Former Speaker of the House Jim Amann says were he in Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy’s shoes–a 21-year-old son with an assortment of legal troubles–that he’d drop out of the gubernatorial race.
Family comes first, politics second, the Bridgeport native (and himself a guber candidate) enlightens in the Hartford Courant. So, what Jimmy is saying is that anyone with a family problem should cast aside their personal ambitions, suggesting that Malloy cannot possibly attend to the issues of his adult son (under arrest for drug and robbery charges) and govern and campaign effectively.
If that’s the case everyone should quit their job when they have a family problem. Good gravy, Amann hasn’t had his share of problems the past year? If I’m advising Amann I wouldn’t touch Malloy’s issue with a 10-foot pole, political poll, or the North Pole.
You start inserting yourself into a competitor’s family issues and you set yourself up for your own familial scrutiny. Not too bright. But of course Jimmy’s the guy that decided to not seek reelection to the State House because he feared being saddled with all this budget distress while running for governor.
Instead, he tried to wire himself a six-figure legislative consulting position thinking no one was paying attention. The media outcry forced him to abandon two grand per week.
Me, I’d have done what was good for my family: take the consulting job and dump the guber run.
This is what happens when your name recognition sucks, you’re last in the polls and with no substantial message: you say stuff that can only bite you in the ass.
Amann will need something dramatic to happen to realistically put himself in play for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. As it stands, this will be a Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz/Malloy battle.
It will be difficult for Amann to engineer public support without a public platform. Meanwhile, SuBy is moving around the state using her public position to talk about jobs, economic development and education. And Malloy stays in play because he hasn’t stopped working the Democratic political process since he lost a tight gubernatorial primary in 2006.
I have a soft spot for the Historical Collections of the Bridgeport Public Library. I lived there for two years researching and writing the book for which this webzine is named. Looks like a tight library budget will force the Historical Collections, directed by Mary Witkowski, to be open to the public just three days per week.
That place is an information gem of facts, photos, figures and history for scribes, researchers, genealogists, lawyers and students. The budget situation for arguably the finest public library system in the state isn’t nearly as dire as last year, when the City Council restored funding that would have led to dozens of layoffs. Is there a few more bucks to keep the Historical Collections open for five days? Decision time City Council.
Funky Toons From Gallery At Black Rock
Please Join us for an Artist Reception of Ministers of Funk
Features paintings by Frank Foster Post
Opening Friday April 24th from 6 to 9 PM
Show will run through June 4th, 2009
The Gallery at Black Rock
2861 Fairfield Ave.
Bridgeport, CT. 06605
Gallery hours are Thurs., Fri., Sat. from 11 AM to 5:30 PM. Hours are also available by appointment, please contact (203) 814-6856.
MINISTERS OF FUNK
Frank Foster Post
Frank Foster Post is an award winning artist and musician He has exhibited in NYC and Ct. As a musician, he has performed extensively in the United States and Europe.
Beginning his art career as a photo realist, his work has been stripped down and evolved into what he calls “toon”. He uses original cartoon-like imagery to convey the human experience. The universal experience. Post says,” My gauge for a decent piece of art is whether a person, no matter where they live, can identify with the piece.” The “toon” paintings are bright, colorful and seem to tap into a collective energy that people of all ages respond to.
The exhibit at The Gallery At Black Rock is divided into two rooms. The first room has paintings of “Angel-o,” Post’s alter ego, as well as other related images. The second room is a universe of characters that are funny and compelling – “Ministers of Funk.”