Folks have been asking me: What happened to Charlie Coviello? Well, Charlie’s the former Democratic mayoral candidate that dropped out of the race last summer to endorse Bill Finch.
Everyone expected Coviello, a realtor, to nail a city job, perhaps in the economic development office. Charlie recently met with Finch who told him the news–no job for you.
This has got to be a real bite in the butt for Coviello for a variety of reasons. Shortly after Coviello’s endorsement Finch told just about anyone willing to listen to him that the Coviello endorsement was huge. Finch said so in press releases, at public rallies, at community meetings, at debates. Charlie’s a man with a mission, Finch said, to help us attract jobs and clean up neighborhoods.
Coviello had met several times last summer with the camps of Finch and State Rep. Chris Caruso to carve out a deal for support. What exactly was offered in the way of a city job is unclear. The cash-rich Finch camp, however, was willing to pay Coviello as a consultant to the mayoral campaign to help captain the turnout. Finch won the primary by 270 votes, a vote swing of just 135 electors. Coviello was beaming on primary night. He picked the right horse. Then the saddle fell off.
Finch has been dealing with a grueling first budget that calls for a tax increase and layoffs. He clearly doesn’t have the patronage jobs to make everyone happy, although a number of campaign supporters have landed on the payroll.
Captain Coviello is not happy.
Gusto For Musto
I had a quick chat this morning with Anthony Musto, Democratic candidate running for Republican Rob Russo’s state senate seat. Priority number one is lining up the support for the party nominating convention scheduled for May 19. Musto, the Trumbull town treasurer and an attorney, received a nice piece of news last night when Bridgeport City Council President Tom McCarthy told him that he was not running for the seat and would be supporting Musto.
The only other potential Democratic challenger for Musto out there appears to be Marilyn Moore, former aide to State Sen. Ed Gomes. I’ve not heard of any other names, but you never know. The senate district includes Trumbull and parts of Bridgeport and Monroe. Russo was elected in March in a special election after Finch vacated the seat.
It’s one of the legislative races to watch in addition to Auden Grogins’ primary challenge of State Rep. Bob Keeley, the longest serving legislator in Bridgeport history, and the primary to fill the state rep seat of the retiring Felipe Reinoso that covers the South End, and portions of West End and East Side.
I need to check in with Keeley about some legislative skinny. He’s never short on a good story. Yo, Bobby, tell everyone in Hartford to read the blog!