We have Joe The Bartender, Joe The Barber, Joe Six Pack and now Joe The Plumber. Hey, my middle name is Joe, were they talking about me?
Any way you slice up the Joes, it was another good night for Barack. John McCain tried left hooks, right hooks, uppercuts and body shots. In each case Barack side-stepped the punches and said let’s talk about fixing this screwy economy.
McCain played to the Republican base and that’s not enough. He looked snarly and angry, and that pretty much typifies his campaign. Right about now, McCain could use a cup of Joe with a couple of shots of whiskey. His demeanor, however, suggests he’s better suited for a whiskey sour. Bottoms up.
A Nail Biter
A new poll released today by SurveyUSA shows Democrat Jim Himes with a 48 to 45 lead over Republican Congressman Christopher Shays. The survey was taken on Monday and Tuesday. A poll by Sacred Heart University released last week showed Shays with a 10-point lead, but that sampling was roughly three weeks ago. UConn is scheduled to release a poll of the congressional race early next week. I get the feeling the debate exchanges between Shays and Himes will be intense as they engage over the next few days.
Are You Registered?
Bysiewicz: With Surge of New Voters, Total Number Registered in Connecticut Surpasses 2,000,000
Latest Figures From Secretary of the State Show Nearly 220,000 New Voters Have Registered for 2008 Elections; Town Offices Across The State Will Hold Saturday Registration Sessions 10/18
Hartford: Less than three weeks before the most historic national election in generations, Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz today is reporting that a surge in new voter registrations has pushed the total number of registered voters in Connecticut to over 2,000,000 – one of the highest such figures in state history. Specifically, since January 1st of this year, nearly 220,000 Connecticut residents have become newly registered voters.
“By all accounts 2008 has seen unprecedented interest in our political process and that has only been heightened in recent days,” said Secretary Bysiewicz, “Now that Election Day is upon us, more and more Connecticut residents are realizing it’s time to make a serious decision about the future of this country and they clearly want to make their voices heard on November 4th. It’s truly inspiring.”
Just in the first half of October, nearly 50,000 new voters have registered for the November general election. As of October 15th the total number of registered voters in Connecticut is 2,021,749. The largest group of registered voters in Connecticut is unaffiliated, accounting for 845,311 voters. There are 750,999 registered Democrats and 418,531 registered Republicans.
Since the beginning of this year 217,126 Connecticut residents have become newly registered voters. Of those, 92,752 new voters have registered as Democrats, compared to 28,652 new Republican voters and 94,342 new unaffiliated voters.
Once again, young people in Connecticut between the ages of 18 and 29 continue to be the largest group of new voters registering for the November 4th election. Since January 1st, some 91,485 young people have become newly registered voters. Of those new younger voters, 39,392 have registered as Democrats compared to 9,959 who have chosen the Republican Party and 41,504 who have signed up as unaffiliated.
“All indicators are pointing towards a record turnout on Election Day November 4th and young people are leading the way,” said Bysiewicz, “Cities across Connecticut such as Torrington, Danbury, Manchester, New Haven, Bridgeport Norwich and many others are seeing much heavier requests for absentee ballots in 2008 than they did for our last presidential election in 2004. I fully expect that we could see a voter turnout figure of 90% of registered voters on November 4th and we may even break the all-time Connecticut record of 93% set in 1960.”
Secretary Bysiewicz is also reminding voters that registration forms sent by mail must be postmarked no later than Tuesday October 21st and the final deadline to register to vote in person at town offices is Tuesday October 28th at 8:00 p.m. Registrars of Voters in every municipality in Connecticut will be available in their offices this Saturday October 18th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. to register voters.
For more information about Connecticut’s safe, easy, and secure optical scan voting system and to download voter registration forms, visit www.vote-EZ-CT.com
Speaking of Joe, Say hello to Joseph Gaudett Jr. The 25-year veteran of the Bridgeport Police Department will serve as acting police chief while the city conducts a national search for a new top cop that’s expected to take at least six months.
Mayor Bill Finch appointed Gaudett, a deputy chief, to the top post after Bryan Norwood resigned last week to accept the chief’s job in Richmond, Virginia.
Finch describes the 47-year-old Gaudett as a “great leader; he has excellent management skills and is a believer in the community policing concept that has helped keep the city’s crime rate down and broadened police presence in our neighborhoods. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead the department as Acting Chief as we search for a new chief.”
Gaudett comes from a family of Bridgeport cops, including his father and grandfather. The Bridgeport native, a resident of Newtown, graduated from Fairfield Prep and attended Fairfield University and University of Bridgeport.
Gaudett has seen a lot during his years as a city cop. As he joined the PD as a young man, then Republican Mayor Lenny Paoletta was doing battle with Joseph Walsh whose ascension to top cop followed Civil Service testing procedures with layers of job protection. Paoletta wanted Joe to retire after a long tenure as superintendent of police, as the position was called. When Joe wouldn’t pack it in, Paoletta and the Board of Police Commissioners gave him an involuntary retirement. Deep animosity within the police ranks pitted cop against cop. Walsh malcontents sided with the mayor while Lenny detractors sided with Joe. It was ugly. Walsh challenged his termination in court and won his job back, after a judge ruled no just cause to remove him, albeit in a diminished role while Paoletta was mayor. Paoletta deputized Walsh haters to run the PD. Walsh basically was chief in name only.
In 1985, Democrat Tom Bucci defeated Paoletta and Walsh had his powers restored. Walsh retired three years later. On the heels of Walsh’s retirement came a voter-backed charter revision that created the position of police chief and a five-year term of appointment, with an option if the mayor chooses to reappointment one more five-year term.
Gaudett has a lot to deal with in his new role, including overtime issues and a dozen or so cops slated for layoffs late next week as part of Finch’s plan to reel in a budget deficit.
See Gaudett’s background below, in a timeline provided by the mayor’s office.
2007 Deputy Chief, Administrative Services
· Responsible for oversight of Communications, Records, Community Services, Auxiliary Services, Animal Shelter.
· Chairperson, Region 1 ESF-2 Communications Committee.
· Member, Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Working Group
2005 OIC Communications Division/Management Information Systems (current)
· Hiring/supervision of thirty-six (36) civilian Telecommunications Operators and supervision of six (6) Sergeants in Communications Center (CAD) and MIS Group
· Created a visual representation of Department’s Table of Organization
· Systematic upgrade of critical technological infrastructure
· Provided integral contribution resulting in COPS Interoperability Grant Award ($6M)
· Resultant key leadership responsibilities in Combined Emergency Communications Center/Regional Emergency Operations Center Project
2003 Patrol Operations, West Side Precinct, Executive Officer
· Responsible for management of all aspects of Evening Shift
· Reduced Part I Crime through automated beat reporting and innovative initiatives
· Successfully managed unique responsibilities created by I-95 bridge disaster
2001 Promoted to Captain
Patrol Operations, East Side Precinct, Executive Officer
· Responsible for management of all aspects of Midnight Shift
· Periodically assumed responsibility of the Department’s Senior On-Duty Officer
· Significantly reduced Part I Crimes, notably stolen vehicles, through automated beat reporting and innovative initiatives
1998 Promoted to Lieutenant
Communications Division/Management Information Systems
· Supervision of thirty-six (36) civilian Telecommunications Operators and six (6) Sergeants in Communications Center (CAD)
· Established a Departmental Management Information Systems (MIS) Group
· Converted legacy systems to state-of-the-art technologies in response to Y2K
· Significantly improved internal communication processes
· Implemented the first mobile data systems in police vehicles
· Established regional partnerships with other police agencies
· Upgraded legacy 911 system to Enhanced-911 application
· Implemented performance measurements and created divisional P&P’s
· Established an Alarm Management Program culminating in new revenue stream and reduction in false alarms
· Bolstered ComStat initiative via support of Crime Analysis Unit
1996 Promoted to Acting Lieutenant
Sick and Injury Management Officer
· Established and implemented departmental Sick/Injury Policy
· Elicited and received medical provider community acceptance of Policy
· Significantly reduced sick and injury occurrences directly impacting overtime expenditures and increasing morale
· Automated timekeeping and OSHA reporting
1991 Promoted to Sergeant
Department Clerk’s Office
· Supervised/modernized Personnel, Payroll, Timekeeping and Fiscal Service Units
· Clerk of the Board of Police Commissioners
· Re-established and implemented Departmental Recognition Policy
1990 Promoted to Acting Sergeant
· First Line Supervision of Patrol Squad
· Computerized Patrol Division administrative records; created Beat Profiles; designed and implemented automobile emergency equipment plan
1983 Appointed Police Officer, Bridgeport (CT) Police Department
· Responded to calls for service
· Pro-active Criminal and Motor Vehicle Law enforcement
ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
Police Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute for Police
FBI National Academy 205th Session – 19 Credits with Honors
Criminal Justice Command Institute (Tunxis Community College) – 15 Credits with Honors
FBI Instructor Development Training – Certified POSTC/OSET Instructor
POSTC Executive Training Seminars:
Resolving Labor-Management Conflict Through Principle-Negotiations
Evaluating Patrol Productivity
Risk and Performance in Police Management
Civil Liability for Police Executives
RECENT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES
2005 Interoperable Communications Technology Program Conference, Phoenix, AZ
SatCon Conference 2005, Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY
Sprint/Nextel Interoperability Conference, 2005, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
ISC East Exposition 2005, Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY
Leadership Greater Bridgeport (LGB) – Class VII Graduate – LGB Board Member – Chairman, Public Safety Day Committee – Member, Selection Committee
Connecticut Police Chiefs Association – Telecommunications & Technology
Capitol Region Council of Governments Public Safety Technical Committee Member
City of Hartford Oral Assessment Board – Director of Emergency Communications, and Communications Supervisor Panel Member
Town of Farmington Oral Assessment Board – Director of Emergency Communications Panel Member
City of Bridgeport Emergency Operations Center – Police Representative
Total Quality Management – Computerization Team Member – Workers’ Compensation Team Leader; Recipient of Gold Connecticut Quality Improvement Award
City of Bridgeport Labor/Management Steering Committee ‘s Health Benefits Subcommittee Member
Bridgeport Police Pension Board – Union Representative
Bridgeport Police Federal Credit Union – President, Board of Directors (1990-2001)
Bunnell High School Marching Band, Stratford, CT – Assistant Band Director, Director of Percussion
Managers of Emergency Communication Centers Association (MECCA)
Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA)
Police Association of Connecticut (PAC)
Police Benevolent Association (PBA)
POSTC – Police Officer Certification # 1984