I'm taking a break from the festival action to file this quick heads up on what I'm working on.
First off, on Saturday night, yours truly, my wife, and daughter (and new political sidekick) CTLauryn attended the Italian festival at the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge #160
. Lets just say the Democrats flooded the place with Town Clerk Lori Kaback, Common Council candidates Warren Levy, Manny Furtado, Lynn Taborsak, John Esposito, Tom Saadi, Fred Visconti, Christine Halfar, and a whole host of Democratic Town Committee members pressing hands and having a great time.
Also in attendance that night were Republicans Dan Jowdy (who asked me why I was walking around with my camera) and State Rep. Jan Giegler (note to Rep Giegler, I'm sorry I didn't introduce myself but I was busy finding a chair for my wife who was giving me the evil eye :-) but for the most part, the Republicans with no where to be found (except on a couple of laughable lawn signs
Sunday featured Congressman Chris Murphy, Democratic mayoral candidate Helena Abrantes, the person who's going to send City Clerk Jean Natale
packing, Eileen Coladarci
, Common Council candidate John Gogliettino, and DTC Chairman Joe DaSilva. On the other side of the aisle, like last night, the Republican were basically no where to be found with only Dianne E. Yamin making an appearance.
I was able to catch up with Congressman Murphy as well as Mayoral candidate Abrantes and City Clerk candidate Coladarci and I'll file my video report later.
On another note, although the Italian festival was well attended, it was nothing compared to the massive Ecuadorian Center festival at the Ives Concert Center. Well over 3,000 people packed the Center to celebrate their heritage and enjoy the weather and I'll file my video report on everything that went down later this week.UPDATE:
An reader who was at the Italian festival sent me this in the comments:
Also there Saturday were Sen. David Cappiello for the earlier part of the evening and Councilwoman Mary Saracino.
I check and verified this and in fact both Cappiello and Saracino (who's Cappiello's campaign treasurer and not seeking re-election for Common Council) were in attendance. Sorry 'bout that, I probably missed them.