On eve of 2013 legislative session, Bridgeport switching lobbyists

The City Council’s Contracts Committee Tuesday night will meet at 6 p.m. to take up a change in the lobbying firm that represents the state’s largest city at the seat of state government in Hartford.

The proposal – added suddenly to the committee’s agenda Monday night by the full council – is to replace Gaffney, Bennett and Associates with the Reynolds Strategy Group.

Reynolds would earn $55,000 to lobby for the Finch administration during the 2013 legislative session, which begins Wednesday and adjourns June 5.

Mayor Bill Finch wasn’t all that eager to discuss the switch, although I’m sure there are all sorts of inside baseball reasons given Hartford politics and Bridgeport politics.

“We tend to move business around in all kinds of different consultancies,” the mayor said following the council meeting.

Councilman Sue Brannelly, D-130, a Contracts Committee chairman, said she just learned of the proposal to go with Reynolds Monday night.

“This is literally all news to me,” she said.

Looks like Gaffney, Bennett will soon have to update the client list on its website…

Following is a representative, alphabetized list of Gaffney, Bennett and Associates’ clients, including links to many of their websites.

  • 3M
  • AT&T Wireless LLC
  • Boys and Girls Village, Inc.
  • Blum Shapiro
  • Charter Oak Communities
  • City of Bridgeport
  • City of Stamford
  • Covidien
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