The city’s eight-member legislative delegation will receive the oath office on Wednesday including Andres Ayala as the new state senator for Connecticut’s 23rd District and his cousin Christina Ayala who’ll replace him as the state representative in the 128th State House District covering the East Side and Hollow. The session will last into June and feature a new two-year budget, proposals for gun control as well as Republican legislators positioning for a possible challenge against Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy next year.
You’ll be hearing a lot from Republican Senate Leader John McKinney and Republican House Leader Larry Cafero as they draw a contrast with the governor’s proposals. McKinney and Cafero are among several Republicans eying a gubernatorial run including 2010 GOP nominee Tom Foley and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.
Closer to home, how the city’s delegation works together is key to bringing home the bacon to Bridgeport. In recent history the state’s largest city does not enjoy a delegation reputation with a lot of juice in Hartford.
Andres Ayala defeated incumbent Ed Gomes and former State Senator Ernie Newton in an August primary before winning the November general election. Christina, juggling an assortment of legal issues that include misdemeanor charges for leaving the scene of an auto accident and a domestic altercation with her boyfriend, also won an August primary against community activist Angel Reyes before winning the general election.
The other members of the city’s delegation are State Senator Anthony Musto and House members Auden Grogins, Jack Hennessy, Don Clemons, Ezeqiuel Santiago and Charlie Stallworth.