Okay, Rock ‘N’ Roll Hoochie Coo, with so many candidates having received official notification on Wednesday that they qualified for public financing, it’s now a fast blast of spending until Bridgeport’s Tsunami Tuesday Aug. 12.
My media friends from around the state call me in amazement about the city’s plethora of primaries, but this is the Park City where politicking is a sporting event.
Sly Salcedo, the Fightin’ Filipino, will do battle with City Council member Ezequiel Santiago and the genial Chico Rivera for control of the 130th State Assembly District that covers the South End, and portions of the East Side and West Side. Hey, maybe Eze and Chico will split the Latin vote and Sly wins with the city’s approaching Filipino vote. I understand the ship is poised from Manila.
Sly, a retired Navy officer, fought the government’s war on drugs, and says it’s a huge waste of money on all levels. See his website for details.
State Rep. Rapid Robert Keeley’s feeling pretty good today, following announcement by Governor Rell that the dough he’s been pushing for a firehouse in the West End, will be on the gov’s bonding agenda in August. Just where the money will be spent, however, is not clear. Will it go for repairs or something new? To paraphrase Keeley, “It’s the power of incumbency, baby!”
Auden Grogins, the blonde banshee from Black Rock, is trying to retire the incumbent in what is shaping up as a Democratic doozy. Grogins, trumpeting her tax-cutting record on the City Council and legislative support of a property tax cap, is working her butt off to dethrone the longest serving legislator in the city’s history. Grogins says that’s too long, what has Keeley delivered? Keeley says a lot.
I understand Bridgeport Kid, OIB’s favorite guitar slinger, is penning a song for the primary battle. Will it be Bob Keeley Blues? Or Blonde Banshee Blues?
Marilyn Moore, legislative aide to State Sen. Ed Gomes, is battling endorsed Democrat Anthony Musto. The winner faces Republican State Sen. Rob Russo. The district covers Trumbull, and portions of Bridgeport and Monroe.
Other primaries include City Councilman Carlos Silva versus State Rep. Chris Caruso and Lydia Martinez against State Rep. Andres Ayala. Stayed tuned to OIB for campaign updates.
Saluting The Mayor’s Dad
Mayor Bill Finch’s dad William Finch Sr. is a prince of a guy and at 6:30 tonight the mayor presented his father medals commemorating service in World War II as part of a ceremony to raise donations for construction of a memorial planned for McLevy Hall downtown.
The elder Finch served both at D-Day in Normandy and in the Battle of Okinawa. It’s always a treat to chat with him. Dr. Linda Spoonster Schwartz, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs, attended the event at Beardsley Park across from the mayor’s home. See Mayor Finch press release below:
Mayor Bill Finch today made an impassioned plea for private donations to complete Bridgeport’s World War II Memorial, using his own father to highlight the experiences of the soldiers, sailors and Marines who fought in that horrific war.
“My Dad was a U.S. Navy sailor in World War II. Yes, he was just one among the many, but his experiences clearly demonstrate the hardships and horrific conditions that these brave men and women lived through,” said Mayor Finch. “They didn’t complain. They did their duty and kept our country free. This is why we need to remember them. This is why we need the World War II Memorial currently under construction at McLevy Hall in downtown Bridgeport .”
The mayor’s father, William Finch Sr., served in both major theaters of war – the European Theater and the Pacific Theater. In both cases he was aboard ships that sank – the first on D-Day, June 6, 1944, in Normandy , and the second at the Battle of Okinawa.
To commemorate his father’s service, Mayor Finch today conducted a family ceremony in Beardsley Park , across the street from the mayor’s home. He presented his father with the American Campaign Medal, the European/African/Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Media, and the World War II Victory Medal.
The World War II Memorial is slated for completion by the end of this year. Anyone wishing to donate should send a check, payable to the Bridgeport
Veterans Memorial Commission, to Ed Mastrone, Office of Veterans Affairs, Room 180, 752 East Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06608 . For questions about the program, interested persons should call Lisa Iodice at 203-576-3964.
News release from Congressman Christopher Shays
Shays Discusses Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Christopher Shays, the lead Republican co-sponsor of H.R. 1246, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, attended a hearing held by the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel to examine the flawed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
H.R. 1246 would repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy and replace it with legislation specifically prohibiting the military from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.
“In a particularly powerful address, Republican Congressman Christopher Shays (R-CT), who is a co-sponsor of repeal legislation in the House, took on Donnelly’s assertion that the hearing itself was a ‘waste of time.’ Shays, clearly moved and clearly passionate in his respect for lesbian and gay troops, told Donnelly that, ‘When I look at the graves at Arlington Cemetery , I know that some of those soldiers must have been gay. That is why we are here today . . . that is why we are having this hearing’.” (Huffington Post, 7/23/08)