Friends of state senate candidate Anthony Musto dodged a bullet on Tuesday. The fact that the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate achieved just 40 percent of the vote in Bridgeport shows just how split the party structure is these days.
Official returns show Musto with 997 votes in the city to opponent Marilyn Moore’s 1,500. Musto more than made up for the losses with nearly 80 percent of the vote in hometown Trumbull. What gives?
Residual impact from last year’s mayoral primary between Bill Finch and Chris Caruso and the March battle royal for control of the party between Mario Testa and John Stafstrom. In small primary events, splits can make a large difference. Mario needs tweezers to pick up the pieces.
When I look at the numbers the most troubling aspect for Musto is the city’s North End, home to strong middle class Winthrop and Blackham precincts. Historically, appealing candidates such as Musto were tailor made for the North End. Paging Tom Bucci. Paging John Fabrizi.
Musto and Moore ran basically even in Winthrop, but Anthony got croaked in Blackham. I expected Moore, a hard campaigner, to run well in Central and Black Rock where she was supported by operatives for dethroned State Rep. Bob Keeley and in precincts she shared with State Rep. Chris Caruso who campaigned for her. But there was no state rep primary in the North End. (State Rep. Jack Hennessy, aligned with Caruso, also supported Moore.) Musto ran next to Congressional winner Jim Himes, who mauled opponent Lee Whitnum. It shows how choosy voters can be.
Musto was fortunate that Moore had no friends in Trumbull.
It appears party leadership in the North End cannot guarantee the endorsed candidate in a primary. That creates opportunities for future opposition candidates, as well as GOP officials such as Congressman Chris Shays and State Senator Rob Russo to pick off some Democrats.
Black Rock District Leader Danny Roach has a history of delivering his candidate. On Tuesday it was Auden Grogins.
South End District Leader Mitch Robles, who helped produce a big win for party endorsed state rep candidate Ezequiel Santiago on Tuesday, has firmly established himself as a proven producer of votes.
The more they deliver, the more they elevate their stature in the party.
I’m grateful that OIB has built up a nice following the past few months, with many new readers and posters. For the first time, since inauguration of the registration system in March, I’ve had to delete or edit posts because a small minority has unleashed filthy name-calling and bizarre accusations. OIB allows a lot of critical latitude toward elected officials. I’m more concerned about the stuff being said about rank-and-file city employees. If you don’t like what they’re doing you’re free to say so, but let’s reel in the smut. Thanks!
Cops Flip Mayor The Birdie
So, city cops, never a marvel of public relations sophistication, decided to picket the mayor’s charity golf event today because the mayor wants to control overtime spending during a financial crisis. They’re also not happy that the mayor wants them to forego raises. What did they think, Finch was going to serenade them with coffee and donuts after his election? I’m with hizzoner on this one. What say you?
Ayala inspires community, see press release below:
ASPIRA of CONNECTICUT AWARDED $100,000 CHECK by STATE REPRESENTATIVE AYALA
HARTFORD, CT- State Rep. Andres Ayala (D-Bridgeport) awarded a $100,000 check today to ASPIRA of Connecticut during a presentation at the organization’s offices in Bridgeport. This funding will help ASPIRA enhance after school club activities and programs to ensure that more students get access to a post secondary education.
Rep. Ayala stated, “I am pleased to present this check to this outstanding group of ASPIRA board members and their Executive Director, Vincent Siberon. As an educator, I have witnessed the services that this organization delivers to our youth. I’m delighted to support these types of programs and initiatives and look forward to their continued success and commitment to our community. ASPIRA is an organization that is tried and true. They have one heck of a reputation and they are an incredible organization, with all of that it makes it easier to plead your case to the individuals that are in leadership in Hartford that we need to do more. My goal is to continue working on behalf of the children in my district and in the state of Connecticut to find ways to bring the programming that ASPIRA does that is so successful, to those in the
community who need it.”
“Rep. Ayala made a great case on behalf of ASPIRA, and why their good work deserves this commitment from the state to help fund some of their programming,” said Speaker of the House Jim Amann (D-Milford). “By helping young people reach higher and gain confidence, their contribution to the community cannot be overstated.”
ASPIRA’s Executive Director, Vincent Siberon, said “This funding to ASPIRA will definitely put a boost into our programs allowing us to better serve Bridgeport’s students with enhanced academic preparation activities designed to give our kids awareness and access to college courses and the careers of the future. Through our after-school project-based learning, community partnerships, and a rigorous after-school curriculum, we can foster the academic growth and leadership skills that will help youth tackle the critical environmental issues facing our planet and the challenging social problems in their community. We thank Representative Ayala for his desire and commitment to help Bridgeport’s students become successful students and the future leaders of the city and state.”
Council President Pro-Tempore, Daniel Martinez, said “Thanks to the work of Rep. Ayala, ASPIRA can continue to provide the services that mark the lives of many people in need in the City of Bridgeport. It is great to know that we have such a fine representation in our State and local governments working to secure a stronger and brighter future for our children.”
ASPIRA of Connecticut fosters the education and positive leadership development of Puerto Rican/Latino and other youth. We are able to provide services through community-based programs that focus on academic achievement, cultural awareness, college preparation, and leadership development.