The next two years politically will be crazy…just crazy. The perfect fix for political junkies.
Mayor Bill Finch has just hit the midpoint of his four-year term, and already the posturing, and sniffing around, has begun for 2011. Who could step up top challenge the mayor who is quietly building campaign cash? State Rep. Chris Caruso, who lost a Democratic primary to Finch by just 270 votes in 2007. Perhaps former Mayor John Fabrizi. City Council members Bob Curwen and Carlos Silva say they want to play. Could a Ganim, be it Paul or a Joe, be on the ballot? How about a pol to claim outsider status? Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez? Some pols are pushing her to run.
But before that we have a goliath of a 2010 gubernatorial cycle that has Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa smiling lobe to lobe as he pounds the morning veal in his Madison Avenue restaurant. Whack! Hey, Mario, Ned Lamont wants to say hello. Bang! Mario, Susan Bysiewicz on the line. Boom! Mario, Dan Malloy’s in town.
Mario does his best thinking over meat.
In politics everyone wants their pound of flesh, and high-level pols are courting Mario’s support for governor. The town chairman’s making no commitments (yet) with a Democratic state convention just six months away. Mario wants to leverage Bridgeport’s large bloc of convention delegates for a say in the make up of the state ticket. Two slots are available, SuBy’s secretary of the state spot and lieutenant governor. Who’s on Mario’s ticket menu? Too soon to say, as far as Mario’s concerned, as long as Mario has a say. You want my support? Okay, you gotta support my choice. Now, excuse me because I’ve got more veal to pound. Whack!
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