I gotta think if most Connecticut elections took place in early spring rather than the fall many more incumbents would be plowed under.
There’s the legend of Bridgeport’s Depression-era Mayor Jasper McLevy who claimed “God put the snow there…let him take it away.” Well, Jasper never actually said those words but the declaration stuck to the penny-pinching Socialist after some local scribes needled city Public Works Director Pete Brewster about his snow-removal efforts as he was tipping a few beers at a local pub. Let the guy who put it there take it away! he snapped. And from that day on he was known as Pete “Sunshine” Brewster who relied on sunny days to remove the snow. And McLevy received credit for something he never uttered.
In 1974 Governor Thomas Meskill committed the unpardonable act of vacationing in Vermont while a storm buried the state. Voters iced him come election time. Ella Grasso never forgot what voters did to her predecessor. Ella became the Snow Queen in charge of the Blizzard of 1978.
If we had elections in the spring you wouldn’t be hearing so much about out-of-control spending leading to budgets deficits. Everyone would be screaming I promise to plow your streets!
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