Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster was an early supporter of Dannel Malloy for governor. She supported him over Ned Lamont in the gubernatorial primary. Mayor Bill Finch, as well as Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa, backed Lamont thinking his $10 million would blow out Malloy. Oops! This was after Malloy supported Finch for mayor over State Rep. Chris Caruso in 2007. In the crazy world of politics, Caruso supported Malloy for governor last year and was rewarded with a state job after helping several political operatives for Malloy keep the Bridgeport primary vote even against Lamont.
Finch supported Malloy in the general election led by a Bridgeport appearance from Barack Obama that may have been the difference in Malloy’s squeaker win and included a national media frenzy following a ballot shortage.
Politicians are in the business of keeping score and returning favors. The governor has weighed in to support some city Democratic candidates from around the state. Malloy, it appears, is staying out of the Bridgeport primary. What does it say about a governor not endorsing an incumbent Democratic mayor?
Malloy didn’t run away from Finch, irrespective of the mayor’s support of Lamont, when Finch asked the governor’s help to blowtorch the Bridgeport Board of Education in favor of a state takeover of city schools. Malloy’s budget director Ben Barnes had the same role with the BOE for about a year.
Hey, maybe Lamont will come in and support Finch. We’re still waiting for his $50 million check to build a new Harding High School.
So sounds like Malloy is not endorsing Finch as a courtesy to Foster who supported him in the primary. That, in itself, is a message.