I spent Sunday’s spectacular afternoon chewing Julian’s fantastico brick-oven pie on Madison Avenue and leaning against the street sign at Madison and Capitol cheering marchers in the Columbus Day Parade.
Mayor Bill Finch beckoned from his open ragtop with his two young boys. State Rep. Chris Caruso waved from his car, as well as State Rep. Jack Hennessy. Congressman Chris Shays and wife Betsi walked the route from Jewett and Wayne to Central High School. State Senator Rob Russo also walked the path just ahead of his Democratic opponent Anthony Musto. Former Republican Mayor Lenny Paoletta, now in his mid-70s, looked youthful on foot saluting the crowd. City Council members Tom McCarthy, Michelle Lyons and Angel DePara also had on their walking shoes. Judge of Probate Paul Ganim worked both sides of the street.
Anyone see Shays’ Democratic opponent Jim Himes? Mo and I didn’t see Jimmy. Team Shays had workers tossing miniature footballs and handing out balloons. Oh I know, Jimmy has Bridgeport wrapped up.
Can you believe it, just three weeks from November Neurosis! I’m so excited, OIB has launched the countdown clock. Shays and Himes will kick off their compressed debate schedule Tuesday morning at Housatonic Community College, sponsored by the Bridgeport Regional Business Council. This is where Shays will explain why you should rehire him and where Himes will emphasize why you should fire the incumbent. I’ll be there to share the blow-by-blow. New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was in Westport Sunday night to endorse Shays.
Tuesday night at 7:30, Finch and the Board of Police Commissioners will meet in City Council chambers to discuss selection of an acting chief following the resignation of Bryan Norwood who’s heading to Richmond, Virginia. Meanwhile the city will set in motion a national search for a chief with a five-year appointment selected by the mayor.
So, Missy Moonbeam Palin wasn’t so aglow following the Troopergate findings over the weekend in which 14 members (10 Republicans) of an investigative panel excoriated her for abuse of power. Betcha by golly!
Polling shows that John McCain’s sludge campaign against Barack isn’t working. Does this mean the Republican will actually talk about fixing the economy in their final debate Wednesday night? McCain promises to kick Barack’s ass. Just like he guaranteed last week. Yes, my friends.