Leapin’ Lizards Alert: Segarra Tries to Jump From His Skybox.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra continues to struggle with his misbegotten baseball stadium proposal. Only a few weeks ago, Segarra deemed it a “done deal”. On Thursday, Segarra lost another tussle with the facts and explanations of the secret negotiations when he made during an ill-considered appearance on WNPR’s Where We Live. Segarra tried to explain the stadium agreement provision that provides a free skybox and boatloads of free tickets for city officials. The mayor sounds like he has not read the contract for the $60 million taxpayer-financed project. He had nothing to do with it, he proclaimed.
There’s a short audio clip of Segarra’s exchange with host John Dankosky in this link. Decide for yourself. In only a minute Segarra veers along a spectrum from panicked to slow-witted before coming to rest at incoherent.
Segarra’s wilting follows a public display of fear from City Council President Shawn Wooden as he tries to skedaddle from the proposal he embraced with enthusiasm as June began. Maybe April isn’t the cruelest month. Perhaps August is. That’s when Democratic primary voters will get a chance to offer their verdict on the stadium in a primary contest between Wooden and incumbent state Senator Eric Coleman.