Sayonara Senator Dodd. Hello Governor Malloy. Greetings Connecticut General Assembly. Good luck with the budget. Lots of city pols will sojourn to Hartford this week for Dan Malloy’s oath of office Wednesday, and a new legislative session. I assume Democratic Town Chairman Mario Testa will be among the masses. (Light a few candles for the city when you’re up there Mario.) Mario told Keila Torres of the Connecticut Post that the crummy 2010 economy was the most memorable story of the year for Bridgeport.
“The unemployment rate is high and a lot of people are still out of work,” Keila quoted Mario in a story the other day. Kudos to Mario’s candor, but gee Mario couldn’t you be a little more supportive of Mayor Bill Finch, your presumptive candidate for reelection this year? Some city pols are so full of crap their verbosity could overload the city’s two sewage treatment plants. Not Mario.
Mario makes a habit of succumbing to candor. The full of crap line, with a wink, would be “It was a great year for the city of Bridgeport all things considered under the green leadership initiatives of Mayor Bill Finch who kept our city together and has us poised for great green things in 2011.” Of course when city pols talk privately to Mario about Finch the chairman wonders, “What’s this green thing the mayor keeps talking about?”
Ah, the mayor’s green initiatives–rain barrels, sustainable environment, renewable energy. Mayor Green Jeans loves that stuff. Does this trump traditional issues such as taxes, budgets, crime and jobs? Maybe if the mayor keeps talking about this green stuff voters will forget about taxes, jobs and crime? Maybe … if there’s no opposition talking about taxes, jobs and crime. Wishful thinking for hizzoner? We’ll see what the opposition says in the next few months.