Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Bridgeport City Hall should be a hoot. That’s when members of the Service Employees International Union, whose local leadership supported State Rep. Chris Caruso in his tight mayoral primary loss to Bill Finch in September, plan to protest Finch’s proposed budget that blowtorches library and healthcare workers jobs.
And by coincidence, or not, the Bridgeport City Council’s Budget and Appropriations Committee will be meeting to review the Labor Relations budget in the Wheeler Room of city hall at 6:30.
SEIU leaders that supported Caruso are not suffering from buyer’s remorse, especially with the difficulty Finch is experiencing five months into his mayoralty. Unionized workers are getting their powder ready for Finch who was in Washington on Monday joining a coalition of U.S. mayors calling for stronger laws to close loopholes that allow guns to get in the wrong hands.
Finch probably felt right at home in DC articulating gun-control rhetoric. The new sheriff in town is much more comfortable talking bazooka legislation than budget laceration. Perhaps, also, it wasn’t such a bad idea for Bird Man to get out of town for a few days. Maybe hanging out with professional politicians’ polished language might rub off on his honor, prone lately to puke up the first things that come to mind. Bird dropping examples:
. “Trumbull is a bucolic town with no problems.”
. “These are non-essential jobs.”
. “There’s a new sheriff in town.”
Egad. Feel free to remind me what I forgot.
. “I’ll cut your taxes $600.”
People ask me — has Finch always been this lost? No. He’s smart, capable and decent, a good father to his boys. But the attention deficit seems to be the controlling factor. I’m still holding out hope he finds his sweet stroke.
I spoke on Monday to Democratic Vice Chair Dottie Guman, the Mother Goose of the local party, responsible for engineering Finch’s political ascension. Mother Goose and her pupil haven’t gotten along well the past six months. They’ve not spoken in a while. She dared to criticize Finch to his face about some of his goofy decisions, and was chastised for it. “I’m the mayor. You can’t go against the mayor!”
You’re the mayor? Why don’t you start acting like one?
That’s probably too much to ask.
Yikes! Almost forgot. Don’t forget to file today. Gotta keep the Tax Man happy. I know the Tax Man all too well. I don’t mess with the Tax Man.