It’s always nice to enlighten the rest of the state about what makes Bridgeport politics so unusual. When the state’s largest city works to break the Guinness World Record for primaries in a single day, people wonder why.
So when Colin McEnroe, witty radio host for WTIC in Hartford, asks me to be on his show to share a slice of Park City political life I’m always willing. As an added attraction, Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, gatekeeper of state elections, was also guesting Colin’s show Thursday afternoon. I noted on the air that when Susan B. ends her political career she’ll have a new one as a political analyst because she’s as filled up on the peculiar political personalities in Bridgeport as anyone.
I explained that politics in Bridgeport is a sporting event that has less to do with issues than the gamesmanship of its diverse civic affairs. If someone is for this, well, the other person is for that. Support this person for mayor and find yourself in a primary. Back the loser for party leadership and the new man in charge backs the person you’re challenging.
So we did a round robin of all the Democratic primaries, with Bysiewicz adding color commentary of who’s related to this one and who’s related to that one.
Why does State Rep. Bob Keeley have a primary? Why does State Rep. Chris Caruso? Why was State Rep. Andres Ayala denied the party endorsement? Who’s that guy running for state representative (Sylvester Salcedo) that wants to legalize marijuana?
Why are Keeley and Caruso supporting state senate candidate Marilyn Moore over party-endorsed Anthony Musto?
Does anyone know how to play this game? That’s the whole point. If you look at it as a game you’re less likely to pull out the razor blades. Bridgeport is experiencing political chaos. It happens every now and then when there’s blood in the water, and the political chum is piled so high the bluefish want to turn Long Island Sound into an orgasmic frenzy.
Note the countdown clock in the upper right ticking the days, minutes and seconds to Tsunami Tuesday. Pull up a seat to OIB. The results are coming soon.