(YANKEES YANKEES YANKEES. I’m a happy guy today.)
Ned Lamont is screwing up my campaign to elect Mayor Bill Finch Connecticut secretary of the state.
I had the thing all figured out and he goes and throws a grenade into it.
When Bill and I used to sit around the fire on Crown Street after he was elected to the state senate in 2000 he wasn’t talking about running for mayor. (Full disclosure: I managed his state senate win.) He talked about Connecticut secretary of the state. It’s a better fit for his personality and interests. Bill loves talking about democracy, the privilege of voting, electoral education in classrooms, all that yummy stuff that touches his JFK-influenced pleasure center.
Current Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz runs for governor, Bill cuts the deal with Democratic Party State Chair Nancy DiNardo for the slot and presto Bill lands the job he’s always talked about. This announcement by Ned is a real stick in my eye. I think there’s one sure-fire way to torpedo Ned’s guber run. An endorsement from me. That would sink just about any candidate’s campaign. But I’m not quite there yet.
I’m still hoping SuBy stays in the game. Don’t let some rich dude from Greenwich spoil my plans. Stay in SuBy. Stay in! I’m not persuaded Ned can win a general election.
So what say you about Ned’s latest move? Will he empty his personal bank account or follow Connecticut’s public financing program that’s in federal court limbo. Check out Ned’s latest comments here:
It Could Be Worse
Ya know, 1 mil to fund library services, as approved by voters on Tuesday, isn’t such a big deal when you examine the City Charter. There it is under the library section:
2.112.060 Library fund tax.
To provide for the expenses of the maintenance of the city’s public library and reading room, a tax of two and thirty-three hundredths (2.33) mils shall be levied and collected in the same manner as other city taxes and shall be known as the library fund. (Ord. dated 5/21/90: prior code § 18-6)
Now if 1 mil represents $6.9 million in the city budget, as bean counters say, 2.33 mils equal $16.077 million. What happens if some barrister (Paging Sly Salcedo) pushes the City Charter language in court? Maybe 1 mil doesn’t sound so bad after all.
OMG, Someone Call A Cop!
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