Thank heaven for people like former Democratic House Speaker Tom Ritter and state senator and House Republican leader Larry Cafero and the rest of the well-known lobbying and law firm, Brown Rudnick. Because otherwise, how would everyone who is anyone involved at the Capitol and beyond relax for a bit this time of year?
Legislators, lobbyists, politicians and businessmen and women took a break from session action Thursday to attend the law firm’s annual “Red Wine Night,” a “let your hair down” Capitol tradition that Ritter started when he was steering state house business at the Capitol 20 years ago.
“It did start in a room up there, just spontaneously, and then just kept growing,” said Ritter, also a UConn trustee, as he welcomed invited guests to the Bond Ballroom Thursday.
“It’s just a chance to see everyone, old members of the legislature, friends, I think it’s been 21 years now,” said Ritter, still considered a political heavyweight in the arena. “There’s no ulterior motive, just a night to catch with everyone.”
And does the famed Mr. Ritter miss his days as a legislator in Hartford?
“No, I wouldn’t want be there now,” he said smiling. “I was there for many years and there comes a time when you step down and new people take over.”