CT Post friend Ken Dixon reports that Governor Jodi Rell’s in Denver visiting her daughter and grandchildren.
When she returns after sucking the Mile High sky I hope she comes back so inebriated from the thin air that she transforms into a benevolent dictator, knighting the state’s largest city as her personal cause, casting a magic wand of moolah, good will and sanity, fully finding tax exempt properties that serve the entire state, leaving something more than a prison, then retracted after she realized the lunacy of it all.
Lieutenant Governor Michael Fedele, if I can peer into his crystal ball, would prefer she stay in Denver and anoint him in charge for a few months just to juice his name recognition and standing in polls.
On her way out the door Mother Rell also released a list of 10 nominations to the state bench including her budget director. Translation: these are my friends and I’m taking care of them. Our friends at CT Mirror have the story www.ctmirror.org/story/5283/rell-fill-10-vacant-seats-superior-court
Mayor and Moore
Mayor Bill Finch and Marilyn Moore, possible state senate candidate, had an awkward exchange the other day. Moore, a friend of ousted Health Director Marion Evans, presented the mayor with a shirt at the City Council meeting, a gift bag as she calls it, proclaiming: “Do the right thing. Reinstate Dr. Evans.”
The mayor looked at her quizzically. What gives, Marilyn? What’s the point? We can work this out.
The point is, Moore responded, you didn’t handle her removal the right way, and there’s political hell to pay.
Well, said the mayor, if the black community isn’t going to vote for me because I didn’t reappoint Marion Evans so be it.
A search is on for a new health director.
Moore attended the Democratic Town Committee meeting Wednesday night where 74 Bridgeport delegates were selected to the state party convention in May. She’s feeling out party regulars about a potential challenge of State Senator Anthony Musto who defeated her in a close primary in 2008. Moore visited with Party Chair Mario Testa recently to express her interest about challenging Musto. Mario shrugged his shoulders and said it’s beyond me. Translation: I’m not going to support you against Anthony and risk pissing off State Party Chair (and close friend) Nancy DiNardo, Anthony’s political godmother.
I made a round of calls to city delegates on Wednesday and although not cast in stone there seems to be a leaning to support Ned Lamont for governor over former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy. Part of the reason is dough. Ned has tens of millions of his own money to spend. But the pols I chatted with are on hold until Testa settles on his guber choice. They think he’s leaning toward Lamont. But Mario’s not saying yet.
Today is the annual Bridgeport Day at the State Capitol where a collection of city officials will make their case to legislative leaders why the state’s largest city deserves their attention. As part of Bridgeport Day, Senate President Don Williams and State Majority Leader Martin Looney will address members of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce tonight at Fairchild Wheeler, Bridgeport’s municipally owned golf club on Easton Turnpike in Fairfield. Stop in and line up your political putts.
Saturday: Himes to Hold Community Discussions on Flooding in Darien and Bridgeport
Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) will hold two community meetings this Saturday to discuss flooding issues in Fairfield County. The public is encouraged to attend. Local elected officials are also expected to participate.
Saturday March 27, 2010 at 2:00pm
Darien Public Library
1441 Post Road, Darien
Note: Additional parking is available next to the library in the Thorndal Circle lot.
Housatonic Community College at 9:30am
Beacon Hall (BH 214)
900 Lafayette, Boulevard, Bridgeport