Former State Rep. Chris Caruso.
Ex Town Clerk Alma Maya.
School board member Joe Sokolovic.
Businessman Doug Wade.
Activist Kelvin Ayala.
Some names you know, some not but they collectively embrace a commonality. They supported State Senator Marilyn Moore for mayor in 2019 when she scared the skivvies off Mayor Joe Ganim in a Democratic primary. This time, running again, it’s a different story.
Moore, since 2019 also lost her political mentor Ed Gomes and long-time supporter Bob Walsh, both of whom have passed away.
Add it all up and it matters.
Sokolovic is the latest political mechanic to pledge support for another candidate, John Gomes, former Joe Ganim friend now opponent.
Defections like these bruise Moore who’s unfamiliar with campaign organizational skills. She needs seasoned operatives to put it together for her. She’s last in money raised, according to the latest campaign finance filings, and last in institutional support. What does that mean? Money, organization and message. Dear ol’ MOM.
People on the ground cultivate signatures to wage a September Democratic primary, if that’s Moore’s Rubicon. The alternative is going straight to the general election with a third party or petitioning candidacy. Those won’t matter if she lacks money, motivation and boots boosting a message.
Why is this happening? Moore is loathe to political schmoozing. She’s more like I’m the queen, kiss my crown. That rarely works in politics and now it’s showing. Plus, she turns 75 years old this year. Age isn’t everything, but it is a factor when running Connecticut’s most populous city and the energy required for the task. (Paging Joe Biden and Donald Trump for president.)
Like him or loathe him, no one outworks Ganim. He campaigns like the energizer bunny hyper-spacing. Now–throw John Gomes into the mix who has hit the streets full time wooing anti interests, and Lamond Daniels who’s building fans among liberal lions–Moore’s required to spark a mantra different from her misplaced 2019 message: I am not Joe Ganim.
Okay, you’re not Joe Ganim. But what are you? She failed to close the deal. Voters may like their state senator but this doesn’t mean they embrace you as a mayoral candidate. Some argue: stay in the legislature, you can do more for us there.
Too often wannabees view public office as a calling.
Four years ago Moore stressed: this is god’s calling for me.
Problem is: god isn’t raising you money, god isn’t crafting a message, god isn’t knocking on doors for you.
God may inspire, but nothing else.
Not, certainly, winning elections.