State Senate-Elect Rob Russo, just off a huge win Tuesday night, will be sworn in Friday afternoon in Hartford by Republican Gov. Jodi Rell, breaking the veto-proof majority Democrats had enjoyed. Russo rode a strong economic message that resonated in all three towns of the 22nd State Senate District, Trumbull, Monroe and Bridgeport. A Republican has not represented the district since Lee Scarpetti, who was defeated by Bill Finch in 2000. The impact of Russo’s win, including a strong showing in Bridgeport, is showing itself in the race for control of the city’s Democratic Party. See below.
Town Chair News
I’ve been calling Democratic political operatives about the selection for the next party leader. Sounds like former Town Chair Mario Testa has the most votes. He’ll need 46 votes to become party leader. Selection should be scheduled in the next week or so. To be successful Black Rock District Leader Danny Roach must convince party leader John Stafstrom to throw his votes to Roach. The question is, how many of Stafstrom’s votes are transferable? Stafstrom, a bright operative, still is holding out hope that he can find a way to solidify his position. Stafstrom’s position was weakened Tuesday night when Tom Mulligan got mauled by Republican Rob Russo to fill the state senate seat vacated by Bill Finch. Stafstrom’s having great difficulty delivering candidates. Well, didn’t he help get Finch elected? Not exactly. Finch defeated Caruso in a September primary because Caruso ran a crappy race. Had Caruso ran a Russo-like race he’d have defeated Finch. The Finch forces do not know how to run an effective race.
The only way I see Stafstrom holding on is if Finch promises the world to every town committee person who needs a job.