The campaign season is getting festive and feisty, just in time for the Fourth of July. Crank up those fireworks. Check this out from columnist Kevin Rennie:
A film crew appeared on the street in front of Democrat Dan Malloy’s house this week. His campaign didn’t send it. The videographers set up, rolled ’em, and left. It wasn’t subtle, though they could have waited until Thursday and used an iPhone 4 and never left their car.
Prime suspect: the Lamont campaign. Malloy is on the air with a soft bio ad that features the house he grew up in. The one he lives in now is rather grander. Of course, there was also that investigation four years ago of renovations to his house by a contractor who also did work for the city of Stamford, which Malloy led as mayor at the time. Malloy cooperated and was found to have done nothing wrong. To his credit, Malloy seemed eager to provide investigators with reams of information. The Lamont campaign will be waiting to launch if they feel a Malloy breakout coming on.
The Lamont campaign hasn’t responded to an inquiry on whether that was its crew at Malloy’s house. We’ll update if it does.
In the meantime, candidates might want to keep their lawn mowed and gardens weeded. Blooming flowers and a trimmed lawn can keep an opponent from making it look like you live at the Bates’ house.
Statement from Roy Occhiogrosso, senior adviser for Malloy campaign:
“Two pretty simple questions for Ned Lamont: did your campaign pay to have someone film and take photographs of Dan Malloy’s house? If so, why?”
And check out this Courant piece on GOP-endorsed gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley:
Statement from Foley:
Tom Foley’s Statement on Today’s Hartford Courant Article
Stamford, Conn. – Tom Foley today released the following statement in response to Jon Lender’s Hartford Courant article:
“Jon Lender of the Hartford Courant published an article this morning about two motor vehicle related infractions I was involved in a number of years ago. One was in 1981 and the other in 1993. The one in 1981, when I was 29, involved a minor car accident in which the occupants of the other car filed a complaint resulting in my arrest. The case was later dismissed. The one in 1993 involved my former wife and we were both arrested. The charges were dropped in that case, too. I was candid with Jon Lender and he wrote a straight and fair article.
“These were unfortunate incidents and ones that I wish hadn’t happened. Both of these incidents came to light as a result of a letter my former wife wrote to the Governor’s office in 2002 at a time when our relationship was particularly strained. I first heard about the letter yesterday afternoon after it was leaked to the Hartford Courant. The circumstances of how a confidential document from the Governor’s office was leaked to the press and by whom raise serious questions.
“My opponents have already tried to exaggerate these long-ago incidents to gain advantage in the race. Their over-the-top attacks and mischaracterizations include that I was imprisoned, that I have not been candid about these events, that there are still unanswered questions, and that these incidents involved domestic violence. My opponents should be ashamed of their false and intemperate remarks which raise serious questions about their truthfulness and personal characters. In the 1981 incident I was retained in a police cell overnight until an attorney could arrive from New York City. Characterizing this as imprisonment is misleading and mischievous. I was frank and forthcoming with Jon Lender and there are no unanswered questions or discrepancies in my story. There was no suggestion in Jon Lender’s article that domestic violence was involved in either of these incidents and I categorically deny that any domestic violence occurred between me and my former wife at any time before, during, or after our marriage. To raise that specter publicly without any evidence is a shameful lack of fair play in the public domain.
“In 2006, I was fully investigated for a Top Secret clearance and for confirmation by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. If these incidents were cause for concern about my temperament or character, I would not have received a clearance or been confirmed as a United States Ambassador.
“I hope my opponents will soon see that the citizens of Connecticut are interested in a dialogue about the serious issues facing Connecticut and not events from long ago that have no bearing on who should be Connecticut’s next governor. I call on them to engage in a substantive dialogue about the issues and stop embarrassing our state with cheap attack politics.”
Jenny Lind On Sunday
The Jenny Lind Concert rescheduled to Sunday June 27 at 7 p.m. in Bridgeport!
The Barnum Festival just announced plans to reschedule the 62nd annual Jenny Lind Concert of sopranos which was planned for Thursday, June 24, until the storm hit in Bridgeport. The American and Swedish 2010 Jenny Lind award winners will now perform on Sunday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at Playhouse on the Green. Featured will be the American winner Jennifer Caraluzzi of Bethel CT and the winner of the Swedish competition Ashley Robillard. They will be accompanied by Andrew Gordon and Henrik Berg respectfully.
“We were sorry to disappoint the advance ticket holders who had counted on seeing and more importantly hearing the concert yesterday,” explained Jeff Zeleny, Executive Director of the Barnum Festival. “City officials made a smart decision to create a curfew, but it did not allow us enough time to get word out to our loyal and faithful classical music lovers that the concert was canceled.”
“We are lucky these talented young women were already scheduled to be in the Great Street Parade and perform at the Norden Club on Sunday,” continued Zeleny. “The concert will now take place at Playhouse on the Green, allowing for a larger audience and in a venue designed to compliment their glorious voices.”
Advance tickets sold for the Thursday performance will be honored on Sunday. Anyone desiring a refund should contact The Barnum Festival office, during regular hours. Tickets are $25 per person and will be available at the door. Tickets include a post concert reception with the opportunity to meet the singers and their accompanists. Tasty deserts and coffee will be served by Luigi’s Italian Pastry Shop.
In 1949, a competition was started to find vocal artists in both Sweden and America who were most representative of P.T. Barnum’s Jenny Lind. Each year this concert marks the only time that the two winners perform, with their talented accompanists, at the same location. This Barnum Festival event has also received support from The Norden Club.
What: Jenny Lind Musical Evening Concert – Hear two Swedish Nightingales
Jennifer Caraluzzi from Bethel CT and Astrid Robillard from Sweden
Where: Playhouse on the Green, 177 State Street, Bridgeport, CT 06604
For directions to the theater please call 203-345-4800 or visit www.playhouseonthegreen.org
When: NEW DATE – Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Who: Anyone interested in vocal music and supporting The Barnum Festival
Cost: $25 per person, available at the door. For questions, contact the Barnum Festival office, 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport CT 06604, 203-367-8495 or toll free 866-867-8495 or visit www.barnumfestival.com
From Mayor Finch:
Weather Service: Tornado Touched Down on East Main Street
Cleanup Continues After Severe Storm Wreaks Havoc in City
A line of severe thunderstorms wreaked havoc in the City on Thursday causing widespread damage in the East Side, East End and the downtown area within a short period of time around 2:20 p.m. Late Friday morning, the National Weather declared a small section in the area of East Main Street between Cedar and Nichols Streets as an EF-1 tornado site, according to Gary Conte, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service. An EF-1 tornado clocks winds at 100 miles per hour. The rest of the damage was classified as straight-line wind damage, with measured wind gusts up to 78 miles per hour.
“I’ve never seen a storm do so much damage in such a short period of time,” said Mayor Bill Finch. “Most of the damage was concentrated in the East Side and East End of the City. We’re working with the Governor and with our legislative delegation to seek federal disaster aid.” Governor Rell visited the City on Thursday and toured the storm-damaged areas with the Mayor and public safety officials. On Friday, Sen. Joe Lieberman and Cong. Jim Himes toured the area as well.
“Our public facilities, police, fire and emergency responders responded quickly and effectively as soon as the storm hit to secure streets, damaged buildings and the more than 3,000 emergency calls that were logged in the hours after the storm hit.”
Cleanup continued throughout today with City police, fire, public works crews working to clear streets of downed trees and wires. Private contractors as well as crews from United Illuminating and Northeast Utilities were out on City streets working with crews to clear tree limbs away from power lines.
The City opened two shelters on Thursday evening – at Barnum-Waltersville and at Cesar Batalla Schools to provide a place for residents to stay who were without power or housing. About 100 people availed themselves of the shelters on Thursday evening, with only about nine staying overnight. At 3 p.m. Thursday, the City announced it would close Barnum-Waltersville and transfer everyone to Cesar Batalla School. Residents in need of shelter can call 203.579.3820 for help in securing a place to stay.
The Mayor declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew about an hour after the storm hit due to the large amount of downed wires and trees and damage to buildings that was suffered in the East Side, East End and the downtown area. The state of emergency and the curfew were lifted as of Friday morning.
“As the cleanup continues, I urge everyone to stay away from downed power lines and high damage areas as our crews work to clear the streets and restore traffic patterns,” said Mayor Finch.
“We’ll be working ’round the clock to provide emergency housing for the many people who have been displaced from their homes or apartments, due to power outages or damage to the building,” said Mayor Finch. Beardsley and Seaside Parks remain open and suffered
City building officials determined that both the Arena and the Ballpark at Harbor Yard suffered no damage during the storm. Regularly scheduled activities at both venues would continue, including the Bridgeport Bluefish home stand against arch-rival Long Island Ducks this weekend.
The Barnum Festival fireworks and the Skyblast party scheduled for this Friday evening have been canceled and have been rescheduled to later in July. The Barnum Festival’s Champions on Parade on Saturday and the Great Street Parade on Sunday will continue as planned.
Shelter hotline: 203.579.3820