Who’s gonna draw first blood in the mayoral race? The first punch? First attack? The quest to serve as the city’s chief executive is now taking shape. Mayor Bill Finch seeks a third four-year term, Joe Ganim wants his old job back and Mary-Jane Foster has entered presumably to frame herself as the viable alternative. School board member Howard Gardner and multiple-mayoral candidate Charlie Coviello are candidates as well. A September Democratic primary beckons.
What candidates will bring dear old MOM along on the campaign trail? Yes, campaigns are all about Money, Organization and Message. Ganim and Finch are already knocking on doors. Ya think they know this will be a battle? Foster’s gotten in later than expected, but maybe drive a wedge between the boys?
Will be interesting to see who will be most assertive this campaign cycle. In the spring of 2011 Foster made the first strike against Finch hitting him on broken campaign pledges, taxes, jobs and schools.
The first campaign strike at Foster came from a Connecticut political action committee called A Better Connecticut castigating Foster for saying one thing and doing another. The video generated howls of protest from Foster campaign operatives claiming the content was false and misleading. And so it goes in the world of campaigns.
The good news for Foster this cycle is the subjects of the parody Charlie Coviello, Tito Ayala and Joel “Speedy” Gonzalez are not supporting her this campaign. Ayala and Gonzalez are supporting Ganim. Coviello is a candidate for mayor. But for how long?
It’s been a long time since a mayoral campaign has featured two candidates–Finch and Ganim–who extract so much passion: Finch, the policy wonk; Ganim, the nuts and bolts campaigner. Throw Foster into the mix and there’s a trifecta with an intriguing history of friends falling out. Kerplunk.
Don’t expect this campaign to be like an afternoon tea party. More like a battle royal. Who’ll be declared the winner?
Let the games begin.