I was talking to a reporter tonight, and he asked me why I write about Connecticut. The question caught me a bit off-guard, and the best I could do was to stammer out that I had always been interested in Connecticut politics.
But why? There are a lot of possible answers. Politics, campaigns and elections especially, fascinates me, and I'm quite fond of my home state. It's natural that those interests should mix, right?
There may be a simpler reason. Here's a quick story:
When I was a little boy, my mother took my sister and I into Hartford, to visit the State Capitol. We took the tour. I remember being impressed by the building, but little else except this:
We were on the first floor somewhere when a large (to me) man came over to say hello to us. He was very kind, and shook my hand. I learned that he was Bill O'Neill, who was then the governor of Connecticut. It struck me, even then, that such an important man would take a moment out of his day to say hello to two kids and their mother. If there is a moment when I was bitten by the political bug, that was it. I've always thought of Gov. O'Neill fondly since that day.
So, if there's a reason, there it is.