Caught up today with Ernest Newton, veteran state legislator-turned-felon-turned-endorsed Democratic candidate for his former state Senate seat.
Before our afternoon meeting at his headquarters Newton addressed campaign workers who were heading out into the neighborhood to knock on doors and get out the vote.
And Newton knows how to get a crowd of supporters fired up.
Newton told them he does not have the same support as Gomes (labor unions, legislative leaders in Hartford) and Ayala (Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, who tried to talk Newton out of running).
“I didn’t have labor. I didn’t have big politicians,” Newton said.
So who does Newton have in his corner? God.
“He’s bigger than any politician in this city,” Newton said. “Mayor Finch and (Finch Chief-of-Staff) Adam Wood – they can’t put me nowhere. So I worry about what God thinks about me.”
At the start of the mini-rally Newton noted primary day is close.
“Seven more days, right?” Newton said.
When the votes have been tallied Tuesday Newton will know whether God decided to rest on the seventh day.