Can we dream a little? Who says there’s no super wealth in Bridgeport? Get a load of this, the 281-foot, 3000-ton Cakewalk that according to East End yacht builder Derecktor Shipyards surpassed her four predecessors in size and is the largest yacht built in the United States since 1930. Now this is a company we need to promote. Hey, maybe they’ll let us have an OIB party on one of their yachts! www.derecktor.com
Launched in August, this baby is scheduled to make her much-anticipated debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. Do you think Linda McMahon can afford one of these? Does she have enough dough to buy a polling lead? Not yet, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports poll. Dick Blumenthal still holds a lead, albeit delicate, over Linda. Nine points is not a comfy lead for Dick, although he’s over the 50 percent mark. Linda’s problem, high negatives. From Rasmussen:
Democrat Richard Blumenthal passes the 50% mark of support again this month against Republican Linda McMahon in Connecticut’s race for the U.S. Senate.
The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Blumenthal picking up 53% of the vote, while McMahon earns 44% when leaners are included. One percent (1%) prefer another candidate, and two percent (2%) are undecided.
Since March, support for Blumenthal has ranged from 48% to 60%. McMahon’s support didn’t climb out of the 30s until July except for a brief spike in May just after a New York Times report that Blumenthal had embellished his military record in public statements over the years.
This statewide telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters in Connecticut was conducted on September 9, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Blumenthal is viewed favorably by 62% and unfavorably by 38%. Those numbers include 31% who share a Very Favorable opinion of him and 20% who view him Very Unfavorably.
Reviews for McMahon are 49% favorable, 49% unfavorable. But while 19% view the Republican Very Favorably, 27% view her Very Unfavorably.
Good grief, how many outside lawyers are making six figures off Bridgeport taxpayers? How many millions has the City Attorney’s Office paid through the years? You want to save money? Start here. From the Hartford Courant:
Democrat Edwin J. Maley Jr., a longtime aide to state legislative leaders, is proof that the right political connections can make your retirement years as financially lucrative as when you were a highly paid state employee.
Maley, 56, of Cromwell, retired in 2007 after a 28-year career as a legislative staff attorney, much of the time serving as legal counsel and chief of staff for state Senate Democrats. His annual salary was about $180,000 during his last few years on the job, not bad for government work.
But public records show that he has been able to exceed that in three of his retirement years since then — 2008 to 2010 — because he’s collected his pension while doing part-time work for three government entities. And those three entities are led or influenced by former or current Democratic state senators with whom he worked as a state legislative employee:
• Maley, who operates a part-time solo law practice out of his townhouse condominium in Cromwell, was paid $217,000 between late 2007 and the end of last month by the city attorney’s office in Bridgeport — where former Democratic state Sen. William Finch is now mayor. Bridgeport currently pays Maley $7,000 a month for legal work, a city spokesman said.
OIB friend Jonathan Kantrowitz has assembled a list of city restaurants with links. Check this out: