Timing is everything in politics. If John Fabrizi doesn’t walk into that courtroom in 2007, Bill Finch isn’t mayor today.
If local party leaders such as John Stafstrom and Tom McCarthy do not step up to recruit someone that would defeat State Rep. Chris Caruso in a Democratic primary, Finch is still in the State Senate. (Yeah, yeah; if Caruso had not run a myopic, one-note race he’d be mayor).
Of course Finch might say, considering the difficulty running the state’s largest city, send me back there! And of course Stafstrom and McCarthy did not make their decisions out of the goodness of their hearts. Stafstrom wanted to maintain his law firm’s lucrative bond counsel position and Big Mac knew that a Caruso mayoralty would mean sayonara to his $90K-a-year job as a labor negotiator. Survival skills are important in politics.
On a national level, if Hillary Clinton opposes the war in Iraq, Barack is just a refreshing U.S. Senator from Illinois. Hillary would’ve been the Democratic nominee and President Clinton, perhaps. Or if Barack had taken the knee-jerk approach (as most Congressional pols had done) and been on record supporting the war, he’d have no initial traction to rationalize a run for the country’s top office.
So on Tuesday Barack will be sworn in because the timing was right and he had the cashews to tread against the grain. Basically, he said FU to conventional thinking. It takes big ones to do that.
Speaking of FU that’s what Fairfield University has said to OIB friends Rick Torres, Ed Piquette and Marc Delmonico, a development contingent that had recruited the Fairfield University rowing team to the city. They invested hundreds of thousands of dollars transforming property along the Pequonnock River for a new home for the FU rowing team. Officials for both FU and the developers were all excited about it. Then something fishy happened. FU didn’t even check out the improvements the development team made, and rationalized a better offer from Norwalk.
Connecticut Post reporter Joel Thompson chronicled the issue on Sunday. Here’s what I say, FU FU!
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