“She’s a formidable candidate,” Testa said. “I don’t know if she will have the town committee endorsement. Mayor Finch has got the endorsement.”
He hemmed a bit. Hawed a little. “She does have a record as a business woman,” he said. “I would not discourage and I would not encourage her,” he said.
He paused a moment and then declared: “But, hey. This is democracy.”
Mario and the mayor don’t have the greatest relationship, but Mario really doesn’t have anyone else. Not yet, anyway. If Foster decides to segue from exploratory committee to candidate committee the mayoral race will not be so boring afterall. “This is democracy,” states Mario. If you talk privately to most of the rank and file members of the Democratic Town Committee they’ll tell you Foster would make a far better mayor than Finch. She’s smart and thoughtful and not infected with the narcissism that strangles his decision making. Finch wasn’t always this way. Perhaps it’s too much Pequonnock River water.
But they will also tell you that, for now, they’re sticking with Finch because his excessive admiration for himself hasn’t translated into full blown implosion. They have their job and legal work and consulting gigs controlled by hizzoner. Such courage, eh? But the notion that the DTC is unbeatable in a primary is a bunch of chicken droppings. They’ve been beaten before. And if they control so many votes why did they throw John Fabrizi under the bus in 2007? Because they didn’t think he could win.
Mary-Jane Foster and her husband Jack McGregor (full disclosure: I am his biographer) created an excitement in Bridgeport this city hadn’t seen in decades with the development of the Bridgeport Bluefish, and ballpark and arena at Harbor Yard. She no longer co-owns the team and the whisper campaign the Finch forces have started questions the economic viability of the fish. Amazing, the Finch people didn’t say a peep about that when Finch implored Foster for campaign donations, when he urged her to serve as his mayoral transition team chair in 2007. I want you, I need you, I love you, Finch said then.
Now that she’s a potential threat, differently story. But, ah, it’s democracy, isn’t it?
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