A few words of amplification. Yes, I joked about the irony of an austerity-preaching politician triggering an expensive primary, but it was just a joke. I agree that primaries are good for the electorate, and we should have more of them. Local politics are inscrutable to outsiders, but to these outside eyes, Delnicki actually looks pretty good. He seems to have been a consensus-seeking centrist who’s being punished for his responsible vision by members of his own party.
Speaking of local primaries, whom do you think Chris Keating likes in New Haven? Probably the one who has been “battling hard for years for the city.” Right? Word counts don’t always tell the story but Keating devotes 217 to his Carolina profile, 229 to Elicker, 291 to Fernandez and …471 to Harp. The story is also accompanied by a video profile of Harp (but not the others). Harp! Ok? Do you get it? Vote for Harp!
If you don’t vote for Harp you will be caving in to the wishes of the “Old Boy Network,” according to the ridiculous commercial offered below. Before you watch that commercial, digest the following from Keating’s story:
Harp received the most votes at the city’s Democratic convention and has received major endorsements from unions representing the city’s police officers, firefighters, teachers, and Yale University workers who will be seeking to get their supporters to the polls. In her quest to become the first female mayor in New Haven history, Harp also has received support from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy.
Who’s left to be in this punishing, hierarchical Old Boy Network. Judge Guido Calabresi?