There was an election last Tuesday. There were some winners and some losers.
And there is always analysis, dispute and second guessing.
I have some thoughts on what happened.
Hartford proved that if you are politically connected, do not live in that city, you can become Mayor. Massive amounts of money was raised by the Connecticut Democrat Party to anoint a candidate with no political experience and not from Hartford. What he can do to solve the massive problems of Hartford is beyond me with 18.5% of registered voters actually voting in this election. However he will become the new fund raising tool of the Connecticut Democrat Party and will in my opinion not solve any problems for the city. He will serve his time, get anointed to another hand picked Connecticut Democrat Party position and receive his pension down the road from the remaining Hartford taxpayers who still live in the city.
Bridgeport is still Bridgeport. We have been told to deal with an ex con being elected Mayor again. The same Mayor who raped and pillaged the city for his personal financial gain and power. In my opinion ex-felons who became ex-felons because of their political positions should not be allowed to hold elected office again. However the Connecticut Democrat Party must embrace the "new" Joe Gamin which to me seems a great deal like the "old" Joe Gamin. Bill Finch the current Mayor did a horrific job in running Bridgeport for the past eight years- (remember a $400, 000 paving job for his driveway disguised as an airport project, days of no snow removal blamed on "yahoos", etc.). Bridgeport's remaining businesses will start the exodus out and Bridgeport will continue to have the same problems as it had under the "old" Gamin and Finch, high taxes, little industry, poor city services, high crime, constant requesting of state aid, etc. Nothing will change.
Wallingford voters sent back their Mayor with a Republican Council and Board of Education. Wallingford voters continue to be satisfied with a conservative form of government, efficiently managed with low taxes, low electric rates and good schools. I find it amazing however that it continues to vote in State Representative Mushinsky each election with her tax and spend policies that have helped ruin our state. Wallingford residents received her latest brochure right before the election- from her brochure "The budget is balanced, under the spending cap" is a lie and shows the lack of economic reality of the Connecticut Democrat Party of which she is a part of. I will be looking at her brochure more closely in a future blog.
I am glad I live in Wallingford. I feel sorry for those who live in Hartford and Bridgeport.