So, I’m the biggest dope on the planet. I decided Sunday morning to clean and adjust gutter screens on the house. I poise the ladder. I climb the ladder. I reach for the screen. “Oh, shit, hornets! Run, Forrest, run!”
One pissed-off hornet nailed me on the neck. Before you can run from a ladder you must jump. It was sort of a slapstick festival watching myself fly off the ladder. See what happens when you get down in the gutter?
Speaking of gutters, just one week away from Tsunami Tuesday when Bridgeport seeks to break the Guinness World Record for primaries in one day. Last week OIB handicapped the state house race between incumbent Bob Keeley and Auden Grogins. The Hartford Courant ran a story about that race on Sunday.
Today we look at the Democratic primary for state senate between endorsed candidate Anthony Musto and Marilyn Moore. The winner faces Republican State Senator Rob Russo in November. The district includes Trumbull and parts of Monroe and Bridgeport, perhaps the most eclectic legislative region in the state.
It appeared Musto would have a cakewalk into the nomination for a November showdown with Russo, but Moore hasn’t gone away. Musto, the elected treasurer in Trumbull, is a nice-guy attorney. He has the support of most party regulars including Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa and State Chair Nancy DiNardo of Trumbull.
Moore, of Bridgeport, is a former legislative staffer to State Sen. Ed Gomes. As a result of her working experience and relationships built in Hartford she has developed a core group of progressives and activists helping to build a city organization.
The Bridgeport piece of the district runs from the Upper East Side, across the heart of the North End, along the West Side and takes in Black Rock and a portion of the West End, including P.T Barnum Apartments.
The district includes a chunk of the legislative area occupied by Keeley, and therein, it appears, provides part of her support. Keeley friend City Councilman Bob “The Troll” Walsh is actively working for both Keeley and Moore. Grogins and Moore are running on the same line.
Gomes is one of Walsh’s best friends so The Troll’s relationship with the state senator is a major factor in his efforts for Moore.
State Rep. Jack Hennessy, a disciple of State Rep. Chris Caruso, does not have a primary, but he represents the North End area that Moore must carry if she’s going to be competitive. Keeley and Walsh both supported Caruso for mayor last year so we’ll see what Hennessy can deliver for Moore in the North End. A small piece of Caruso’s legislative constituency also falls within that state senate area.
The question is, where else can Moore, a health care activist, develop strength? Moore will need more, even though the Bridgeport piece of the district has thousands more Dems than Trumbull. Simply framing yourself as the Bridgeport candidate won’t be enough.
Unless there’s a total breakdown in party apparatus and voter identification, Musto should do well in Trumbull and Monroe, and he’s the kind of candidate that appeals to voters in the city’s North End, a nice Italian boy, even though voters don’t vote ethnically like they once did.
Advantage Musto, but with primary turnout trending so low, and Moore working hard this could be closer than expected.
Moore Pasta, Please
Check out this double invitation from Marilyn Moore and Chris Caruso:
Democratic Candidate for State Senate
For a Free Community Dinner
Sunday, August 10th
Sportivo Circlo Italian Club
(Across from St. Mary’s Shrine)
2500 Park Ave
Please bring your family and friends to discuss the issues that matter to you.
This dinner is free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information please call 203-373-1803