Holy Ben Franklins! One of Chris Dodd’s Republican opponents for 2010 Tom Foley of Greenwich, former Ambassador to Ireland, has announced he’s already raised a cool $500K.
Another Republican, former Congressman from eastern Connecticut Rob Simmons, says he’s in the $600K range.
Poor Waterbury Republican State Senator Sam Caligiuri, mired in legislative session, has only managed to raised $125K. I suspect Sam will also raise a lot more when he’s not working on the state budget.
Dodd’s Democratic primary opponent Merrick Alpert told OIB he’ll announce his fundraising totals next week.
Dodd, hemorrhaging from every hole in his political body, is in the fight of his life. As a result, the State Democratic Party (that would be Party Chair Nancy DiNardo) has brought on firebreathing Dem flak Colleen Flanagan to protect Connecticut’s senior senator from GOP mudballs, dastardly blog allegations and, oh yeah, the truth about Dodd’s record. Truth hurts, doesn’t it?
Ah, Colleen has never faced the likes of Yahooy, Town Committee, Bob from BePo and a whole bunch more.
This is gonna be fun. So since Colleen is now on the state party payroll protecting Mr. I-took-care-of-myself-while-Connecticut-residents-were-croaking, time to ask her the most fundamental question: what has Chris Dodd done for the state’s largest city in 30 freakin’ years in the United States Senate? Let’s see, a road? A bridge? A building? Cannot wait to hear the answer.
Knock, knock … anyone home? Oh, meanwhile, Dodd gets a mortgage deal, a land deal in Ireland, heapings of campaign contributions from the financial industry that raped taxpayers. Yeah, Colleen, we cannot wait to hear from you.
You Want An Endorsement?
Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa has set July 22 (whew! the day before the OIB party at Taco Loco) as the DTC endorsement session. This is an off cycle, but key endorsements will be made for citywide Board of Education seats and district City Council races.
The DTC endorsement session is always a good show.
OIB friend Tom Kelly pays a perfect tribute to Arthur Yiotos. See an excerpt below, or click Tom’s Life Behind Bars link under Favorites to post some memories.
Bridgeport has lost its Pope of Park Avenue. Arthur Yiotos of Famous Pizza has passed on to the big pizza oven in the sky. He was seventy-one years old.
Artie and Famous Pizza were the beacons of light in Bridgeport’s South End.
It was one of the best kept properties in the city. Even the kids who would play spray tag hesitated to touch this Pizza Parthenon’s white stucco facade. There was a legend, that if you got caught messing with Arthur’s place you would get a pretty stiff dose of a pizza pounding in the back of the building. They called it getting a “Pizza-‘d-Action”.
Arthur was a tough street kid who sharpened his elbows, and his set-shooting eye at the Middle Street Boys Club. These skills that he honed, as well as the lessons he learned from his parents, who were Greek immigrants to Bridgeport’s South End, propelled him to run one of Bridgeport’s most successful restaurants.
He suffered from the affliction of the loneliness of the long distance runner, and at times could be held in the deep, dark, dungeon, known as Depression. Arthur was a vulnerable man and got burned many times, and it wasn’t from the pizza ovens. If his office door was open, it served as a welcome mat to sit, speak, and stare at the bank of security cameras like a Las Vegas Casino. If the door was closed, well let’s just say you knew better not to knock.
Arthur served as a Homecoming King, for many of those who had left their roots in Bridgeport’s South End, but who would religiously return to make their weekly pilgrimage back for a Famous Special.
Arthur Yiotos loved the South End and Bridgeport.
And we loved him.
Walk In The Parks
OIB friend Val Sorrentino passed along the info below for Walk In The Parks, an annual event started by Mayor Bill Finch and Health Director Marian Evans.
Join Mayor Bill Finch
Department of Health & Social Services
Thursday, July 9th
Seaside Park at 5:30p.m
Meet at the parking lot by Diamond 1 (Near the Perry Arches on Park Ave.)
Wear comfortable walking shoes & clothing
Bring your neighbors, family & friends!
For more information call 576-7680
Come Early to Register
** 1st 25 registrants will get a T-Shirt! **
Thursday, July 9th Seaside Park
Thursday, August 13th St. Mary’s By the Sea
Thursday, September 17th Beardsley Park
Thursday, October 15th Seaside Park
Registration for all walks is required. Walks start promptly at 5:30 p.m.