Hey all, happy bunny day. I’ll be around this weekend doing what I normally do–cooking! I’ll be checking in from time to time. See you on Monday with a new post. By the way, Anna sent me an email asking if Yahooy wants to join her for a joyous Easter dinner at Testo’s. Who’s gonna be the taste tester!
In this weekend of rest and resurrection, it’s time to reminisce about the future. You think the local elections are over? Baby, we’re just warming up!
The rebirth of Mario Testa as Democratic town chair offers a fascinating twist to upcoming local races for the state legislature. Whatever it is you like or dislike about Mario he’s involved in races one way or another. And if there’s an early lesson in the early term of Mayor Bill Finch one thing is clear–don’t expect a lot of help from the new mayor. His current support does not translate into votes and guess what, a likely tax increase in a few months won’t help matters either.
So, here we go, Democratic primary races. Oh, momma, I can’t wait for this one: Auden Grogins, the blonde banshee from Black Rock and former member of the city council and board of education, is poised to take on long-time state representative rockin’ Robert Keeley, that oversized leprechaun with the mischievous mind. I’m still thinking they’d have a pretty good mud wrestling match at Matty’s Corner, owned by Black Rock District Leader Danny Roach, whose votes put Mario over the top the other night. Auden has a tall task taking on the rapid one. Auden’s out there working and raising moolah, and I understand her dog Harold is urging all the Black Rock kitties to vote.
North End State Rep. Jack Hennessy, a disciple of State Rep. Chris Caruso, is heading into the Lyon’s Den. Or is it the other way around? Michelle Lyons, a hardworking campaigner with a tight following, must pull a mighty vote from Winthrop School to pull this out. Lyons worked hard for Tom Mulligan in his loss to Republican Rob Russo to fill Finch’s state senate seat. Russo won Winthrop.
What’s City Councilman Richard Paoletto going to do? A number of pols have urged him to challenge the spirited Chris Caruso. If Caruso’s busy in his own primary it will be that much harder for him to help the state reps that supported him for mayor such as Hennessy and Keeley. But I don’t think Paoletto will run to take one for the team. I think he’ll run if he thinks he has a chance.
Rob Russo, who received 60 percent of the overall vote last week, is the new state senator representing Trumbull and parts of Bridgeport and Monroe. The jockeying has begun to find a Democratic challenger. I don’t think it will be Mulligan, a prince of a guy, who got thumped. I think that wily City Council President Tom McCarthy’s gonna make a play. I’d tell you for sure if I could get the sonuva gun on the phone! Lennie’s calling, duck! But, hey, Big Mac, Finch’s gotten off to such a wonderful start as mayor maybe you’ll want to stick around as council president. City Councilman Bob Curwen is also another name floating around for state senate. And Trumbull might put up a candidate.
What have I missed? What’s the skinny on a challenger for State Rep. Andres Ayala whose town committee slate got clipped a few weeks ago?
Hector Diaz, where are you? Cougar Rodgerson? You’ve been quiet.
Got a call on Thursday from my old pal Mike Daly, managing editor of the Connecticut Post, who just returned from a vacation. Jeez, he says, it’s like a time warp. I come back and you’re on the front page, Ganim’s taking the fifth and Mario’s town chairman. Egad!
I spent 45 minutes on Jim Buchanan’s radio show on WICC Thursday morning chatting about local politics. Several webzine readers called in. Thanks to everyone supporting the webzine. We’ve had thousands of page visits in the first week!