Since you've covered some town news, I thought I would send some details to you about Orange.
On Sunday night the Orange Democratic Town Commitee held its annual awards.
Around 130 people attended, at $50 a head. It was dedicated to several honorees and their amazing service to the community and Democrats. That's really local stuff, inspirational to me, but probably not of interest to you or the rest of the state.
Orange used to be a Republican lock, and now it looks bluer than blue. There are very few Republican office holders around here. The Amity school board, the Orange [board of] selectmen, one of the state reps, one of the state senators, and US congressperson are all held by Democrats or by majorities of Democrats.
Many of those people were in attendance last night. Many of the state figures noted again and again that Orange is well respected in Hartford. Is that true? I don't know.
I don't know, either, but your meeting did rate some state bigwigs like Blumenthal and DeLauro. That's pretty decent!
Rosa De Lauro was there - on crutches - stress fracture of her hip! But looking well and talked about her trip to Rome. She had been there when the Pope was getting very sick, then flew back to the states, then turned around and flew back to Rome as part of the US delegation. She said the funeral and the reverence was one of the most amazing experiences of her life.
Richard Blumenthal spoke about No Child Left Behind, and fired back at the "un-American" insult thrown at him. There was at least one joke about him running for Governor.
Check today's post below. Might not be a joke much longer! I have to say, he's been seeming more and more like he's running for something lately.
Malloy spoke very briefly. He's a good speaker. About all I can say about him.
Susan B. did not attend. Sent her regrets.
State Sen. Gayle Schlossberg was there, a bit late because of her nephew's birthday party. State Rep. Paul Davis was also there.
[First Selectman] Mitchell Goldblatt was also there, and as he is up for re-election this year, there were a lot of mentions of him and his coming campaign. I'm new to Orange, so I don't know his chances, but I can say that there was a lot of confidence in the room.
The biggest issue in Orange has been Stew Leonard's. There have been a lot of hearings on the economic impact, the zoning changes, etc., etc., I think the pro-Stew crowd is wearing out the anti-Stew crowd simply by talking them to death. When it came up 7-8 years ago (long before my time) it was like a blood feud, this time it's a dignified debate.
Y'know, I've been hearing references to the Stew Leonard's off and on for quite some time. When I last drove down to Orange, the place was plastered with pro and anti-Stew signs. What's the issue? Orange seems to have a lot of suburban retail development already, so I don't know what the fuss is about ...What's a Stew Leonard's, anyway? I know it's a sort of produce store...
No Lieberman, although he had been invited, at least according to the early notices of the event. I have no idea about his schedule, which could very well have been in conflict with last night. No one mentioned him last night in the speeches. No one said anything good. No one said anything bad. He just wasn't there in either in flesh or spirit.
The same goes for DeStefano. His name never came up. And the early notice didn't mention trying to invite him. You would think that New Haven's mayor would have a better relationship with his neighboring communities.
That is odd. I would have thought he'd be trying to court town Dems, especially those from nearby. Not surprised about Lieberman, though.
I have lived less than a year in Orange, and have had very little interaction with the Democrats. So my perception may be very different than the true natives and partisans of Orange.
Your perspective is very much appreciated. Thanks for the letter, Sten!
If you have information or news about local political happenings, either send them along to me or post them in open forums on the weekends (I may start posting open forums more often if there's a demand).