Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz is going to jump on the pile of Democratic candidates seeking the state’s top office.
You know what I say? Bill Finch for Connecticut secretary of state! Now, I know this will attract a chuckle or two, but when Bill and I used to sit by the fire in his home on Crown Street with a couple of cocktails, we never chatted about his desire to be mayor of the state’s largest city. The thought of him becoming mayor, even after Joe Ganim was in trouble never came up.
The office that Bill aspired to was Connecticut secretary of state. It’s a fit for his interest areas and wonkish brain. Okay, yeah, it’s a position that oversees business filings and state and municipal election certifications, but Finch is the kind of guy that would take the job into the classrooms of public schools to educate kids on the importance of the vote, participation and the daily impact that government has on their lives.
Ply hizzoner with a couple of martinis and he’d tell you: yeah, baby, bring on secretary of state. Finch was recruited for mayor by party chiefs only after John Fabrizi was in trouble and they loathed the thought of a Chris Caruso mayoralty.
John Kennedy is Finch’s political hero and all that stuff that JFK represents is important to Bill. He may be disingenuous on some stuff, but not about that. But Bill is not driven by ambition. If Bill had half the ambition of Joe Ganim, there’d be no doubt that he’d be positioning himself for secretary of state. Shit, Joe was running for governor two years after he was elected mayor of Bridgeport. Of course, a page-one urging from the (then) Publisher of the Connecticut Post Dudley Thomas was all Joe needed. Joe ends up the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, but that’s another story.
One of the things I love about OIB is that I get to share the same shit with you that I’d share with Bill if we were sitting by the fire on Crown Street. (That no longer happens.) But if I were advising Bill I’d tell him make a play for secretary of state, and here’s how:
Bill still has enough of a relationship with Democratic State Party Chair Nancy DiNardo to position himself. He makes peace with Democratic Party Chairman Mario Testa to help him solidify local party support and work the rest of the state. Mario at this point wouldn’t mind getting Bill out of the city.
One of the problems, however, with Connecticut’s constitutional offices–governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, comptroller and secretary of state–on the Democratic side is the labeling that comes with a couple of slots such as treasurer and secretary of state. A long time ago party regulars decided that the treasurer’s slot had to be a black and the secretary of state had to be a woman. What a bunch of horse shit.
It’s possible to overcome that by lining up political support early or having the guts to run a statewide primary. Bysiewicz was not the endorsed candidate of the party in 1998, ran a primary and won.
But knowing Bill, he’d rather dig his heels in determined to leave a decent legacy as mayor. We’ll see.
News release from Congressman Himes
Himes Named to Housing and Capital Markets Subcommittees
As a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Himes will provide professional and technical expertise on critical issues
WASHINGTON, DC-A former executive for an affordable housing nonprofit organization and investment banker, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) will serve on the Housing & Community Opportunity and Capital Markets, Insurance, & Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittees of the House Committee on Financial Services. Congressman Himes will lend his practical expertise to help ensure solutions that serve the best interests of Connecticut families and businesses.
“As we grapple with the most challenging economic times in a generation, we need to find solutions that protect taxpayers and ensure businesses succeed,” said Congressman Himes. “I will go to work every day with the best interests of Connecticut families-and their homes and jobs-at the top of my agenda.”
Congressman Himes most recently led the New York office of Enterprise Foundation, a nonprofit institution that combines the resources of private, public, and community organizations to address complex issues of urban poverty. Mr. Himes’ team, working closely with now-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, led the way in financing the construction of thousands of affordable housing units in the greater New York metropolitan region, often using new green technologies to achieve energy efficiency and reduce utility costs. Mr. Himes began his professional career at Goldman Sachs & Co. where he worked his way up to Vice President over the course of a 12-year career. There he co-headed the telecommunications technology group and worked extensively in Latin America.
Casting Call At Playhouse
Hey, check this out. Playhouse on the Green, that cool little venue on State Street, is holding auditions for the Wiz. Maybe they’ll let me play one of the munchkins. Feel free to cast OIB friends. Spread the word.
Playhouse on the Green in downtown Bridgeport is holding an open call audition for its 2009 Season Finale of The Wiz. Co-Director: Matt Schicker; Co-Director/Choreographer: Beth Fauerbach; Musical Director: TBA; Associate Producers: Christy McIntosh and Eli Newsom.
All auditions take place at Playhouse on the Green, 177 State Street, Bridgeport, CT, 06604. map
Auditions for adult actors (age 18+) will take place on Thursday, February 26, 2009 from 6PM-9PM (sign in begins 5:30PM) and Saturday, February 28 from 10AM-1PM (sign-in begins 9:30AM). Actors will audition in order of arrival.
Auditions for younger actors (Elementary through High School ages) will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 10AM-1PM. (sign-in begins 9:30AM).
Actors will audition in order of arrival.
Seeking younger children (elementary/middle school age) for chorus (munchkins, winkies, quadlings; full breakdown below) and older children (high school-age) for lead roles, vocal chorus, and dance ensemble (full breakdown below).
What to prepare:
Please bring a headshot (or recent photo) and resume of any stage or performing experience. Please prepare a full ballad song and uptempo song (no verse). You may be asked to sing one or both.
Auditioners who are asked to attend callbacks at a later date may be asked to participate in a movement/dance call.
All roles open. Seeking singer/actors of all types/ages; full breakdown below. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Non-Equity, no pay.
General rehearsal schedule for The Wiz is weeknights after 7PM and weekends during the day beginning Saturday, March 14, 2009. Performances: Apr 24-May 10, 2009 (Thu-Sat @ 8PM, Sun @ 3PM; Sat 5/9 @ 3pm). All rehearsals and performances to take place at Playhouse on the Green, 177 State Street, Bridgeport, CT. One block walk from Metro North station.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
The grand finale of the mainstage season is The Wiz, the ground-breaking musical version of L. Frank Baum’s beloved American tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown. Dorothy, the little girl from Bridgeport* is blown by a tornado into Munchkinland in the Land Of Oz. While there she meets the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion on the Yellow Brick Road. She defeats the evil witch and goes to see the powerful Wizard who turns out to be a phoney. Along her journey, Dorothy realizes the importance of home, family, and in believing in herself. A dazzling and funky musical set to a lively score combining rock, gospel and soul music, The Wiz includes such hit songs as “Ease on Down the Road”, “Home”, “Everybody Rejoice (Brand New Day)”, and “If You Believe”. The Wiz is the winner of SEVEN Tony Awards on Broadway, including Best Musical and Best Musical Score.
*Playhouse on the Green has received special permission to set the story in Bridgeport, CT, for this production.
AUNT EM/GLINDA (female, mid-30s to mid-40s) – strong singer (legit, gospel, jazz) and warm presence. Able to play both motherly concern and glamorous sophistication.
DOROTHY (female, late teens to mid-20s) – excellent singer & actress, good dancer.
ADDAPERLE (female, 20s-50s) – excellent comic actress & singer, good mover. Goofy and lovable Witch of the North.
SCARECROW (male, late teens to mid-30s) – excellent actor, singer, and dancer; ability to adopt the Scarecrow’s loose-limbed physicality a must.
TIN MAN (male, late teens to late-30s) – excellent actor & singer, good dancer; strong sense of “show biz” style; must be able to adopt the Tin Man’s physicality, from stiff to well-oiled.
LION (male, late teens to late-30s) – excellent comic actor, strong vocal, good mover.
THE WIZ (male, 20s-30s) – stylish performer, excellent vocal and comic ability as well as sincerity; confident physicality.
EVILLENE (female, 30s-50s) – great comic character performer with strong vocal abilities; ability to play the Wicked Witch of the West’s scarily domineering side required.
GATEKEEPER/LORD HIGH UNDERLING/OTHER CHARACTER ROLES (male, 20s-50s) – good comic actor who relishes the chance to play multiple contrasted roles, from haughty to clueless.
DANCE ENSEMBLE (ideally 3 female, 3 male) – excellent dancers who sing and act to play Poppies, Crows, Kalidahs, Winkies, Monkeys, Citizens of Oz.
MUNCHKINS/ENSEMBLE (boys and girls / ages 8-18) – must have outstanding vocal & dance skills to play Munchkins, Winkies, and Quadlings.