Crack Open The Juicy Stuff, Plus: Honey’s Home

Hi all:

Welcome to the first post of our new site. I’m excited. Lots going on: Democratic party establishment getting its ass kicked by State Senator-elect Rob Russo, Mayor Bill Finch celebrating (can he really call it a celebration?) his clueless first 100 days in office, and the twisting and turning to select a new Democratic Party chair after the disastrous performance Tuesday night against Russo.

Lisa “Honey” Parziale, former president of the Bridgeport City Council, has earned her spot on the Democratic Town Committee by one vote. In a review of vote tabulations today by local elections officials, Honey was declared the winner. Unless, of course, party leader John Stafstrom pulls a Chris Caruso and takes it to court. Now a date can be set for selection of the next party chairman. Will it be the continuation of the Stafstrom/Cynthia King combo, Black Rock District Leader Danny Roach or former chair Mario Testa who appears to be lining up a number of commitments to regain his old power post.

Finch, whose forces took a beating Tuesday night in Russo’s landslide win over Tom Mulligan, does not want Testa, a student of power politics. Finch has been working the phones for Stafstrom. Stay tuned.

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  1. Free Lennie! Congrats on the new site.

    Quick reflection on your introductory post … as excited as I am about declaring a victory against the Democratic machine, I’m not entirely certain we can declare a real victory–it was more of a forfeit, maybe? Mulligan didn’t seem to have a whole lot of support in his run … the Party’s inability to put a team on the field for this race is a huge retreat in a district they fought well to defend 16 months ago. But then (as you’ve pointed out in other forums) Finch has made it rather difficult for his party in the early going, certainly as far as holding onto his seat was concerned. They may well eventually regret giving Rob Russo a foothold and a platform; incumbents who work as hard as he does are very difficult to unseat … could we be getting misty-eyed nostalgia for John Fabrizi soon?

  2. I like your new home Lennie! Hey, have you had the good fortune to eat at Metric Bar & Grill on Canon Street? Really fantastic food. The only thing good about jury duty was finding that new restaurant. If you go, tell chef Pierre his jury-duty cousin sent you!

  3. Congrats Lennie!
    I have nothing to say other than I have now secured the name Mr. Barnum at this blog. Thank God no one can now claim my secret online identity.
    Now, all is well in Bridgeport.

    I suggest that you quickly put “Only in Bridgeport adult diapers” and “Only in Bridgeport enema kits” for sale on this blog. Plenty of crap in this town. May as well make a couple of bucks off it (without having to testify in court about it at a later date, anyway).


  4. This just in from the Grin Reaper.

    PARZIALE WINS IN 2ND RECOUNT! Secretary of State steps in on contested ballot and makes ruling giving Parziale the one vote edge.

    Special thanks to the grin reaper for the scoop.

  5. Yahooy,

    Life is turning out not to be as dreamt,
    A shining knight on silver horse,
    Is that the way it went?
    A frog remains a frog and comes as no surprise,
    Can we be content with what we have and thrive on compromise?

    Fairy tale castles made of jewels are glass,
    like youths ideals they are never made to last.
    Clinging to a comfortable lie is woeful if you will.
    But disappearing into fantasy is something sadder still.

    What becomes of today? Is it lost chasing specters that we sought?
    What become of our lives we live, the ones we own and bought?
    Let go of useless dreams forever unfulfilled. Create the new reality;
    Don’t sober the truth of now into wretched finality.

  6. I was driven around your site Lennie; I’d say it looks alright, I like to see a lot of people around though.
    Lots of abandoned Mulligan lawn signs around. I noticed the next day many of the Mulligan supporters in Black Rock quickly took down the signs. I knew the vote would go the way it did, the news about the Conroy Trial did not help the Democrats. It surely didn’t help to see the man holding the newspaper and the Russo sign on the way to and back from work for two days. I went to the Trumbull Mall on Sunday and there he is again with three more people. I watched him work the crowd and I thought to myself, “Damn I couldn’t get a man to work that hard for pussy.” He got my attention. I know what you men really want to know regarding the New York gov. case. Did she Spitzer or Swallow?

  7. Nice job on the new site. Wish you continued success and like Tom Kelly, looking forward to the “Only in Bridgeport” gear to become available. Perhaps you might consider blindfolds, earplugs and rose-colored glasses in addition to the usual hats, tees and sweatshirts.

  8. envoy5 is not gone, not forgotten and was never outed.
    Many people on this blog know one another. envoy5’s real name has never been published on this blog. he is a good, smart guy and yes insightful.

    Mario is the lesser of the 3 evils available. He is still a master politician who can now say to Stafstrom and Roach. “Check-Mate!”

    Much of his former power will be mollified because of the campaign finance reform initiated by Chris Caruso. I hope he will try to unite a very fractionalized party.

  9. There once was a clever wordsmith on this blog with the handle of envoy5. He was outed and posts very little because of it. That’s a shame because he was (or is) insightful, a gentleman and a lot of people pay attention to what he writes. And … he is a connoisseur of the Bombay neat, slightly dirty imbibation. I have been reviewing some of his pre- and post-primary postings and wish that he would consider reentering this blog with regular contributions especially when it comes to the Finch, Mario Testa and the Machine connection.

    Most of the postings to which I refer warned that electing Mario Testa mayor in the form of Bill Finch would be a disaster of unheard magnitude for this city. Well, it certainly has happened. There must be a way for honest citizens that are interested in lower taxes, effective education and public safety to interfere with the business as usual mandate of the current administration. Any suggestions?

  10. Mario has the votes to take out Stafstrom & King. Roach is what he always was … a minor role player with big ideas. Roach showed his true side by backing out on his deal with Testa. The deal was that the person with the lowest number of delegates will give the person with the higher count his backing. Roach had 2 meetings with Testa at Testo’s at which time this deal was made. Roach has since backed out saying it never happened.
    Testa backed the challengers in the 137th and worked for them also and they took all 9 seats.
    Lisa took 3 seats from Stafstrom.
    By my count that’s 12 votes Stafstrom lost that he was counting on. Roach by my count has 13 votes as Diaz will go along with his mom and Scinto at best can come up with 5 votes. WHAT did Scinto pay (politically) for that part-time job?
    The one thing amongst many that will happen under Testa there will be one party and not all these little self-centered groups that are out there now (Robles take note). Political payback is a bitch. One more thing Finch will be getting sound advice on political matters something that Stafstrom has not been able to give.

  11. Hey Yahooy,
    Still haven’t gotten past your miserable childhood, eh? It’s okay, it’s okay. I just hope your inner child doesn’t go Harris and Kliebold and shoots up the inner high school attended by everyone else’s inner children.

    Have you ever considered drinking heavily?


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