Governor Malloy tonight (Monday) is scheduled to visit City Hall Annex, 999 Broad Street, to kick off his campaign to schmooze his budget proposal. What would you like to ask the gov about his budget?
Malloy’s visit comes on the eve of the special election to fill the state legislative seat vacated by Chris Caruso who accepted a Malloy appointment. The Big Wave is working for the state Department of Labor. The Caruso forces are supporting 19-year police department veteran Verna Kearney in Tuesday’s special election. Verna appears on the bottom line. Dem party endorsed Charlie Stallworth, a member of the city’s Police Commission, has the top line. Filling out the middle of the ballot, Republican James Keyser and petitioning candidates, all Dems, Mark Trojanowski, Carlos Silva, Bob Keeley and Tom Lombard. I’m not sure ballot placement matters in this election beyond saying hey, I’m on the top line; hey, I’m on the bottom line. Most electors on Tuesday will be dragged to Wilbur Cross, Hallen, Read, Hooker and Park City Magnet.
Who’s gonna win this thing? Beats the hell out of me. Winter voting is not an exact science. When I talk to the various camps they’re not sure either, except for the the usual delusional suspects who always claim they’ll win but never do. Tuesday’s forecast looks clear and cold. Bundle up! Democratic Registrar of Voters Sandi Ayala estimates the special election will cost her office $24,000.
Can you believe it? Former State Senator Ernie Newton, the Moses of his peeps, turned 55 today. What does Ernie have planned for 2011? And next week Mayor Bill Finch also celebrates his double-nickels birthday. Makes me think of the Tom Waits tune Ol’ 55. I’m just a few years from that myself. I wonder if Bill will throw himself a fundraiser on his birthday. Not that Bill’s reelection campaign needs the dough. They’ve got plenty of that. Ah, the power of incumbency.
So what birthday gifts are you ordering for Moses and the mayor? A walking staff for Moses on his way to the next election? Hizzoner loves sardines and anchovy pizza. Don’t forget to throw in night crawlers for his Pequonnock River fishing. Speaking of birthdays OIB friend Charlie Walsh, that old geezer scribe for the Connecticut Post celebrated his 70th birthday the other day. Hope we can squeeze 30 more years out of Chuck.