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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.

June 26, 2014   5:27 pm   Comments Off

Snow White Unleashed. Rell Says Malloy “Lies”.

Angry Snow White

Former Governor M. Jodi Rell is not happy with her successor. She says Democratic Governor Dannel P. Malloy “lies,” Daily Ructions has learned from delighted witnesses. The popular Republican, long silent on political races during and after her 6 1/2 years as governor, astounded a Waterbury crowd of about 125 Wednesday night with her stark assessment of Malloy.

Rell told the crowd that Malloy (mocking his changing first name from Dan to Dannel back to Dan along the way) did not inherit a massive budget deficit from her. It was the Democratic legislature that created the deficit. Rell pointed out that whoever is elected governor in November will face a large deficit next year.

Rell brought Malloy’s opprobrium on herself. She declined to do much to help her lieutenant governor, Michael Fedele, in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for governor. Rell then sat out the fall campaign between Republican Tom Foley and Malloy. Many observers believed if Rell had cut an ad for Foley, he might not have lost to Malloy by 6,000 votes four years ago.

June 25, 2014   9:54 pm   Comments Off

Advice to Politicians on the Temptations of a Vacation.

How Would You Explain This?

How Would You Explain This?

I know it’s tempting. It’s a big boat. The kind you are never going to own yourself. There’s a staff that will serve you food and alcohol. This is the life. But it’s trouble. Big trouble. Do not accept an invitation to take a cruise on a yacht like Donnie Brasco’s. It’s the 21st century. Everyone has a camera. A photo of you on a boat you shouldn’t be on can end up in the cold clutches of federal law enforcement officials. It’s happened. Daily Ructions has it on good authority.

Imagine trying to explain the circumstances around your presence on that yacht when FBI agents come rap-tap-tapping at your door early one morning. Nix the yacht. Go to a public beach and have a picnic with your family. Keep your nose clean, or you may have trouble rising through the ranks. Understand?

June 25, 2014   3:37 pm   Comments Off

Memo to CCSU: Your Penitentiary Poet Returns to Court Thursday.

Cosseted Central Connecticut State University poet and professor Ravi Shankar returns to criminal court Thursday on a host of unsettling charges. The state’s incurious Board of Regents last month promoted the recidivist to a full professorship last month while he was serving time in the hoosegow in an unusual arrangement that allowed Shankar to go in and out of incarceration as his schedule permitted.  Some of Shankar’s pending matters have appeared on the docket 28 times. This is not typical treatment of a chronic defendant.


June 24, 2014   10:25 am   Comments Off

Ten Years Ago Today: Rowland Resigns.

June 21, 2014   12:12 pm   Comments Off

Never Enough: Hartford Officials Reserve Skybox and Free Tickets for Themselves in $60 Million Stadium Deal. Parking Spots, Too.


Hartford city officials reserved a skybox and a mountain of free tickets for themselves in their controversial $60 million taxpayer-financed minor league stadium deal with Boston real estate developers. Read about it in my latest Hartford Courant column. They worked in a special parking deal for themselves, too.

June 19, 2014   8:59 am   Comments Off

Somers Hits Mark. Republican Raises $80k in Small Contributions for LG Bid.

Somers, Heather

Republican lieutenant governor hopeful Heather Bond Somers, recently parted from struggling gubernatorial candidate Mark Boughton, will submit $80,000 in public campaign finance qualifying contributions to the Citizens Election Fund. Somers enjoyed a boost in support after her strong showing at the Republican state convention last month.

The Somers application for public funding of more than $400,000 for the August 12th primary will likely be acted on by state officials at their June 26th meeting. The Groton Republican faces party endorsed candidate  Penny Bacchiochi and Bridgeport Republican David Walker. Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti is expected to fall short of his shambolic bid to petition onto the primary ballot and make an alliance with Boughton.

June 18, 2014   8:56 am   Comments Off

Bristol Beware. Bysiewicz Threatens to Move for State Senate Bid.

Bristol Bound?

Bristol Bound?

It didn’t take long for a faded political figure to pick over the carcass of romantic Democrat Dave Roche’s aborted bid in the 31st Senate District. The Bristol Democrat abandoned his campaign to put his full measure into saving his fractured marriage.

Enter that calculating chronic candidate from Middletown. That’s right. Susan Bysiewicz. The unsuccessful candidate for governor, attorney general, and United States Senate is trying to wheedle her way into affection of the 31st District vacancy committee, Daily Ructions can report. The former three term secretary of the state is telling some local party leaders she’d been thinking of moving to Bristol anyhow, so why not now? Many Democrats are not delighted at the prospect of the grating narcissist returning to public office.

Bysiewicz famously sued herself in 2010 to remove a shadow over her campaign for attorney general. There were doubts that Bysiewicz had the experience the law requires of an attorney general. She lost when the state’s highest court ruled against her on the eve of the state Democratic nominating convention. Bysieqicz was the subject of a devastating deposition in that case, which revealed she did little each day as secretary of state. Bysiewicz waged an unsuccessful primary battle against Christopher Murphy in the 2012 race for the United States Senate.

Incumbent Republican state Senator Jason Welch is not seeking a third term in the district that includes Bristol, Harwinton, Plymouth, Plainville and Thomaston. Republicans have nominated Bristol Republican Henri Martin.

June 17, 2014   7:06 pm   Comments Off

Hartford Stadium Deal Gives Tickets to City Employees. Hey Shawn, What About the Kids?


Hartford city government’s misbegotten contract to build a require taxpayers to build a $60 million stadium for Boston real estate developers includes a provision giving tickets to city employees, but nothing for city families and their children. The proposed agreement, negotiated in secret, provides for “City Employee Night” twice during each season. Hartford’s grabby leaders will receive up to 250 tickets per event.

Many city employees do not live in Hartford and will not be burdened with the cost of paying for the stadium. They will, however, have a chance to receive free tickets. Residents who live in the city but don’t work for it are not provided a similar privilege in the deal. Their obligation is to pay the $60 million in debt the city will assume to finance the bauble by the highways.

The head of the city council, Shawn Wooden, supports the proposal and faces Democratic primary voters on August 12th. They may want to ask Wooden why there are no tickets for them. Incumbent state Senator Eric Coleman has expressed his opposition to the expensive deal.

June 17, 2014   2:24 pm   Comments Off

Jennifer Bosworth Becomes a Style Editor.

Jennifer Bosworth may no longer be devoting her full energies to the louche doings at taxpayer-financed the Back9Network. The former reporter has a new job at the menswear website Dash Hudson. The news was announced on LinkedIn.

June 17, 2014   12:55 pm   Comments Off