The race for mayor of Bridgeport is shaping up to be a showdown between Democratic Senator Bill Finch, and Democratic Representative Chris Caruso. Therefore, only one thing is certain: either the Senate or the House will definitely be richer due to the departure of one of these men from his respective legislative chamber. Caruso is generally despised by his colleagues. Finch is amiable enough, but he comes off as borderline retarded.
Bridgeport residents were robbed of the 'battle royal' that would have most assuredly been a Caruso vs. Fabrizi battle. Seeing a physical altercation between these to large fellows would probably resemble two dinosaurs mating. They're big boys with appetites for glory, and they could have settled the issue with a hot dog eating contest. This was not to be, as Fabrizi, a confessed coke-head, decided at the urging of party leaders to drop from the race.
Enter Senator Bill Finch. Finch, a former city council member in his fourth term in the Senate, has some fascinating initiatives. For one, he backed the "Blackout List" measure this year that banned incandescent light bulbs, and would require the DEP to keep a list of 'inefficient' light bulbs, and fine retailers for selling those on their black list. He has also been the chief advocate of an expanded bottle bill. In short, he is an eco-geek who subscribes to the Al Gore "our planet has a fever" hysteria.
According to the Connecticut Post, Finch has locked up Bridgeport Democratic party support. Caruso has shunned the support of party regulars, and has claimed they are corrupt, and merely interested in patronage jobs from city hall. Caruso has picked up the support of the Republican town chairman Rick Torres however.
So what are the benefits of the near certaintly that the legislature will lose either Finch or Caruso? Caruso is a demagogue of the worst order whose rhinoceros-like stores of energy enable him to filibuster endlessly on the House floor. He is an insufferable gas bag whose doctrinaire attitude and negative reputation have regularly poisoned the proceedings of the legislature's GAE committee, which he chairs. Certainly, his departure would leave that committee in the decidedly less capable hands of legislators like Rep. Diana Urban (D-North Stoning Haven) and that gangly seven-foot tall muppet Sen. Ed Meyer (D-Guilford). That woud be good, and amusing!
Finch's departure means a seat would open up that could be winnable for Republicans. It was previously held by Lee Scarpetti, Queen of the Cockatoos. With the right candidate, it could go Republican again.
Personally, I'd rather see fewer libs in the legislature.