Three weeks to the general election. Does anyone care? Are all these negative ads turning you off?
I stopped into Dan Malloy campaign headquarters on North Avenue on Saturday to catch up to local pols. Former State Rep. Americo Santiago was directing Democratic troops on behalf of his gubernatorial candidate. City Councilman Angel dePara was also in HQ doing his part to reelect State Senator Anthony Musto. Bridgeport turnout will be key to the election fortune of their candidates.
Bridgeport Probate Judge Paul Ganim, with his children helping out, was filling a pickup truck with lawn signs. Paul was in good spirits. He’s running unopposed in November, but it never hurts to keep your name out there, especially with a mayoral election on the horizon next year. Could Paul get in the mayoral race? As probate judge he has a safe seat and also can maintain a law practice. But ya never know.
Former Mayor Joe Ganim hasn’t slammed the door on running for public office, so he says in a recent television interview. The only place he can do that is Bridgeport where there is still some goodwill for Joe. Something tells me Joe’s itching to get back in the game, he’s a competitor, but for now he’s living on the family compound in Easton, clerking for his family-run law practice while trying to regain his law license which could happen next summer. Unless his wife Jennifer gives him the green light to run I don’t see candidate Joe on the horizon next year.
Former State Senator Ernie Newton is a different story. Ernie will run for something. The question is what? Newton is very close to satisfying his court-imposed restitution that was included in the five-year sentence set by U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas, now retired. Once that’s resolved, and that could come this week, Ernie will register to vote allowing him clearance to run for public office in 2011, a mayoral cycle, or perhaps 2012 for his old state senate seat.