Did ya stay up to watch the Oscars?
I attended Bridgeport’s version of the Oscars party Sunday afternoon at the home of Jack McGregor and Mary-Jane Foster, hosts of an annual kickin’ New Year’s party in February. The gracious co-founders of the Bridgeport Bluefish always draw an eclectic collection of the great and near-great to their waterfront home in Black Rock.
Mo and I arrived early and at the same time as Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. I greeted the AG and then moved around the room to listen and share the skinny. Here’s what’s going on (I think) based on all the chatter.
Bloomer is waiting to see if Chris Dodd does not seek reelection to his U.S. senate seat next year. If Dodd doesn’t, Dick is in. If that doesn’t happen Dick will look at taking on Joe Lieberman in 2012.
Lots of talk about former Mayor Joe Ganim being transferred to a federal prison camp in western Pennsylvania. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has a policy that allows inmates to participate in a drug program, provided they can show a preexisting substance abuse problem in a pre-sentence report, that offers time shaved off of a sentence upon completion. It’s like a classroom boot camp program for substance abusers.
I know Joe fairly well and as far as I know he had no substance abuse problem except for all that wine I bought for him. As someone cracked at the party, Joe had a problem alright, with Opus One. Joe never did go for the cheap stuff, unless he was buying.
Hey, if Joe qualified for the drug program claiming a steady stream of past vino intake, more power to him. It means Joe would be out of the joint next year. Would Joe run for mayor in 2011? I have no clue, but he’d be competitive; and wouldn’t that be fun. A primary of Bill Finch, Johnny Fabs, Joe Ganim, Chris Caruso. Hey, maybe Ernie Newton, who’ll also be out of the can next year, will see all of those white guys and jump in. That F-bomb you just heard came from both Yahooy and Wondering.
Okay, on to something more solid. Former City Councilman from Black Rock Pat Crossin is expected to be appointed to the Water Pollution Control Authority very soon. It’s an interesting time to join that board given the mayor’s plan to create a regional water authority involving Trumbull and Monroe. Pat sells industrial pumps for a living so he won’t mind pumping more moolah out of Trumbull and Monroe.
We saw lots of OIB friends at the party including former State Senator Rob Russo, the blonde banshee from Black Rock State Rep. Auden Grogins, State Senator Ed Gomes, former Bridgeport Superintendent of Schools Jim Connelly, Barnum Museum Director Kathy Maher, public relations guru Caryn Kaufman, Rina Bakalar, former congressional district director for Chris Shays, and City Councilman Bob Troll Walsh who showed up with an interesting female guest. Troll, tell us more!
Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti was also at the party. I didn’t notice any feds taking pictures outside.