Welcome to OIB 2009 where we put rumors to rest (unless, of course, we start them).
I was chatting with OIB friend MCAT (Michele Mount) the other day and she was saying one of the valuable forums OIB serves is an open invitation to set the record straight. Okay, so as we kick off a new year don’t be bashful about clearing up any alleged indiscretions such as the amount of booze you consumed the past few days. We won’t tell, but you can.
Can you believe it? My whole allotment New Year’s Eve was one gin and tonic and a glass of vino. Then Ms. Mo and I watched a couple of immoral programs on the History Channel about the Seven Deadly Sins. Which ones have I committed? Oh, shit, I don’t have to tell you, you already know that story. But I can’t wait to learn this year the number of our favorite pols committing overt acts of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy or pride.
Why wait until the last minute? The Seven Deadly Sins go with the political territory.
Speaking of political territory, we have entered what we junkies call an off-election cycle. The presidential cycle was just completed, the gubernatorial and Congress next year and Bridgeport mayor in 2011. The highest-profile races in Bridgeport will be City Council, and with it, the strategic witch’s brew of Democratic Party Chair Mario Testa and his predecessor John Stafstrom that may ultimately determine, once again, future control of the party.
Who’s on Mario’s hit list? Who’s Stafstrom promoting? Will Bob “Troll” Walsh stick around just to be a big pain in the ass to Mayor Bill Finch?
And who might be in the mix for mayor in 2011? Johnny Fabs and Chris Caruso for sure. What pols will emerge from the Latin and African American communities? State Rep. Andres Ayala has become a proven vote-getter on the East Side. Good grief, former State Senator Ernie Newton will be out of the joint within a year. What will he do?
A lot of what happens depends on the success of Finch’s new budget year beginning July 1. What kind of tax hit will occur? The mayor has begun to get his footing after a slippery start, but mayors live and die by their budgets.
What is the future of a newcomer such as Marilyn Moore who lost the Democratic state senate primary by a whisker to Anthony Musto who rode the Barack wave to victory over outgoing State Sen. Rob Russo?
Nothing against Musto, he’s a good guy, but I’m sad to see Russo leave office. He’s an outstanding public servant. Actually gives a shit. He can pick up and leave Bridgeport any time he wants for a Republican town but chooses to stay in the minority party in the city.
And what is the future of Chris Shays?
And, and, and, will anyone challenge Probate Judge Paul Ganim in 2010? Paging Mary-Jane Foster. Paging Auden Grogins.