Brendan Sharkey\’s Moment Arrives; He\’ll Be New Speaker, With Aresimowicz As Majority Leader

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From Jon Lender:

State Rep. Brendan Sharkey, the Democratic House majority leader from Hamden, was voted as Speaker-designate at a caucus by Democrats Thursday night, and Rep. Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, was chosen to be the new majority leader.

Aresimowicz — whose nickname is \”Joe A-to-Z\” — defeated Rep. Jeffrey Berger, D-Waterbury, in the caucus vote for majority leader. The status of Sharkey and Aresimowicz as the two top House leaders won\’t be official until January, after a vote by the full House when the General Assembly convenes for the new two-year term.

Sharkey talked with reporters Thursday afternoon about this week\’s election results nationally and in Connecticut.

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2 thoughts on “Brendan Sharkey\’s Moment Arrives; He\’ll Be New Speaker, With Aresimowicz As Majority Leader

  1. AndersonScooper

    Brilliantly put by the Speaker-elect….

    Cafero and Roraback almost get this. Foley, Healy, Labriola, Markley, McKinney and the Tea Party wing? Not so much… (They’re like Linda promising to lower taxes and cut spending, without enumerating any specific spending cuts. — Although Foley is on videotape record wanting to get rid of the Dept. of Education and government backed student loans.)

  2. Tim White

    I spoke with the incoming Speaker a few weeks ago. I asked him “in light of everything that’s happened, please consider reauthorizing the power of subpoena for the chief state’s attorney.

    At this point, I think it’s obvious that such an investigative tool would’ve mitigated the Donovan corruption scandal to some extent.

    Sharkey did not commit. He deferred to the Judiciary Committee, at which point I reminded him that he has the gavel.

    I hope Sharkey does the right thing on subpoena power… and at least allows a real debate and gets legislators on the record.

    Another thing that intrigues me is if he’ll revisit the early release program. Keep in mind, he’s the guy who had his wife come home and find a repeat burglar inside their Hamden home.

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