Cecil Young has filed an ethics complaint against several City Council members following last Monday’s battle royal in which a host of local legislators were shouting, pointing, pushing, pulling, falling on benches and the floor. Yes indeed, another OIB moment.
Cecil, forever a community irritant, is not a violent man, but he’s noisy and unafraid to tell you what he thinks, especially city pols. Cecil was ending one of his usual jihads against city officials during the public speaking portion of the council meeting when City Council member Evette Brantley, as the video evidence shows, got in Cecil’s face, the first time anyone could recall a council member challenging a citizen speaker in such a way. They went back and forth as a prelude to chaos.
If Evette ignores Cecil it’s just another Cecil rant, but getting in his face brought this to a whole new level that was captured on film by local cable access and eventually a statewide and national audience.
Ironically it was Brantley, council district partner of Bob Walsh, who did not hesitate to expose a phone message from Walsh in a racially charged rant following a vote Troll did not agree with relating to a development project. It became locally a huge hullabaloo with the council chastising Walsh following his public apology. Will any of Evette’s peers demand a public apology at the next council meeting? Council President Tom McCarthy says Evette made an apology right after the chaos to her peers in vacant council chambers, but how about one at the start of the next council meeting?
Said Troll about current events: “The lord acts in mysterious ways and (last) Monday night was one of those mysterious ways.”
Will Cecil gain any satisfaction from the city’s Ethics Commission? Of course not. It’s a toothless tiger.
What About Congress?
Lost in the convention weekend frenzy, GOP Fourth District Congressional candidate Dan Debicella’s overwhelming delegate endorsement and no other GOP challenger earning enough delegates to qualify for the ballot.
That means GOP candidates such as former Town Chair and mayoral candidate Rick Torres and Easton First Selectman Tom Herrmann must petition their way for an August primary. Looks like GOP primaries for governor and U.S. Senate, including a three-way primary for governor between endorsed Tom Foley, Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele and Hartford area business exec Oz Griebel.
Economics guru Peter Schiff says he’ll petition his way on the ballot to challenge Linda McMahon. Former Congressman Rob Simmons has qualified for the ballot, but announced today he will not primary?
So in what kind of shape is Congressman Jim Himes? He’s moving along with his campaign operation downtown, acting like he has a serious race. He’ll have one due to the makeup of the district that includes Republican suburban strongholds and the state’s largest city. He’ll also have plenty of dough to persuade voters what he’s done as a freshman legislator. The key for Debicella is getting through the primary without blowing too much of his money.
Milton was a special man, a one-of-a-kind artist in these parts with a Zen-like quality in approach to his work. Milton was a heralded reverse glass painter whose genius was shown in the Smithsonian. On a couple of occasions he invited me into his home in Stratford to view his work and him in action. To watch someone paint in reverse on glass was a marvel. In 1980 John Kartovsky, president of West End Moving and Storage, commissioned Milton for a painting to commemorate the company’s relocation to Pine Street. Milton’s painting “Fairfield Avenue, 1928” would become the cover of my book Only In Bridgeport. Milton had images of the city I could never know, on buildings, streets, sidewalks, cars and trucks. He was one of those guys I could prod about what a Bridgeport neighborhood looked like in a particular era. As a toolmaker at Remington Arms for 30 years Milton knew all about craft, shaping and perspective. When he retired from Remington painting on glass would be become his new artwork. Milton had viewed the city from a perspective no other could imagine, a view that will endure. Milton passed away over the weekend. He was 92.
Friends may call on the family June 2 from 5 to 7 at the Spear Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.