You know you want to read this story to find out why ex-state Senator-turned-felon-turned-state Senate candidate Ernest Newton of Bridgeport said, “The governor needs to get re-elected, and he’s going to need my help to do it.”
Archive for May 22nd, 2012
Myself and a few other staffers at Hearst newspapers today met with ex-legislator-turned-felon-turned-state Senate candidate Ernest Newton II to talk further about his winning the endorsement of the Bridgeport Democratic Party.
We’ve reported Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch tried to convince Newton not to run. And this afternoon I spoke with several other folks who agreed Newton’s return to the state Senate would only hurt Bridgeport’s chances of turning around a reputation for producing corrupt politicians.
Newton’s response to critics? Listen to Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy.
At least twice during our conversation Newton referred to comments the governor made to reporters at the Capitol today when asked to weigh in on Newton’s candidacy.
“The governor said today it’s not my choice to tell people not to run, it’s the people’s choice,” Newton told us.
As for Newton’s views about Finch’s advice?
“Bill Finch is the mayor, but he ain’t my father,” Newton said.
What a difference a few hanging chads makes?
When he was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000, they watched his back.
My, how the tables will be turned for the Secret Service’s brass and Connecticut’s senior Sen. Joe Lieberman.
Lieberman, who is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will preside over a Senate hearing Wednesday into the dalliances of Secret Service agents with Colombian prostitutes, a scandal that has cast a pall over the proud ranks of the protectors of the nation’s top office holders and politicians.
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is scheduled to testify at the 10:30 a.m. hearing the Dirksen Senate Office Building, as well as Secret Service Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards.
The hearing is titled: “Secret Service on the Line: Restoring Trust and Confidence.”