5:30 p.m. update: Okay, here’s the City Council primary lineup for September 15.
District 135: Peter Clarke and Mary McBride-Lee have qualified to challenge incumbents Warren Blunt and Richard Bonney. So has Isa Mujahid who is running solo.
District 136: Mark Trojanowski, running solo, was certified to take on incumbents Angel DePara and Carlos Silva. This is an interesting one because Troj was placed on the DTC in that district by Party Vice Chair Dottie Guman so the Mother Goose of the party is not happy with Mark.
District 137: Maria Valle and Christina Ayala qualified to challenge endorsed candidates Lydia Martinez and Manny Ayala. That should be a good fight. Valle is an incumbent City Council member who was dumped by the town committee.
District 138: Hold on to your seats. This is gonna be a beauty. OIB friends Andy Fardy and Ann Barney have been certified to challenge incumbents Bob Curwen and Rich Paoletto. Here’s where it gets more interesting. James Morton and Tyreke Bird have also qualified. This creates a wide-open race. Endorsed candidates listed on the top line, followed by Fardy and Barney and then Morton and Bird. Not that placement matters with paper ballots.
District 132: Joyce Guyan failed to turn in signatures to qualify. No primary for City Councilman Bob Troll Walsh.
District 133: Lou Innacell did not turn in signatures before the deadline.
A big OIB thank you to Democratic Registrar of Voters Sandi Ayala for providing information.
The Riccio Plan
No formal action has been taken yet by the Civil Service Commission to remove Personnel Director Ralph Jacobs at the urging of Mayor Bill Finch who’s apoplectic about Sir Ralph not playing ball with hizzoner regarding job placements.
The mayor wants to put his own person in that slot to control jobs. It’s been decades since a mayor has taken on the non-political personnel director. Hard to say who’s on the side of the angels on this one. Jacobs has both his supporters and detractors in the building. The mayor wants Jacobs out even if it requires a Riccio Plan. Say what?
Remember Joe Ricco, the former executive director of the Bridgeport Port Authority? When the heat was turned up after Joe wired that state legislation that placed the port authority under the control of the state DOT the city was able to buy out Joe.
So the thinking is, let’s can Jacobs and give him a pay day so he’ll go away without a major court fight. Stay tuned.
An OIB friend shared this observation the other day and it doesn’t sound crazy. Once Jodi Rell finalizes a budget deal with Democrats (don’t hold your breath) she’ll resign from office giving her Lieutenant Governor Mike Fedele a chance to become chief executive for a year and run on his own in 2010. Maybe Mother Rell wants to sit back and relax in Brookfield?
Fedele announced last week that if Rell doesn’t run he’s in. But maybe the door also opens for other Republican candidates? Fairfield State Senator John McKinney shocked the GOP when he announced he would not seek the GOP endorsement in Connecticut’s Fourth Congressional District. John wants to be close to home with his family. But maybe closer to home in Hartford is an option for John?
Who knows, but Rell bailing out adds a new dimension to the gubernatorial cycle.