Mayor John DeStefano's New Haven Democratic Town Chairwoman, Susie Voigt (pictured), was easily reelected at a convention at Sports Haven Monday night. But it was a disappointing night for DeStefano's gubernatorial campaign. His allies had to fight to elect a slate of loyal hometown delegates to the state nominating convention...
...Party Vice-Chair Norma Rodriguez-Reyes announced the formation of a slate of state convention delegates to challenge the one put together by party leaders. The party leaders' 69-member slate was entirely committed to DeStefano. The challenge slate -- titled "Practicing Democracy in New Haven" -- consisted of pro-DeStefano, pro-Malloy, and neutral delegates. What this slated had in common: They were all elected ward co-chairs or public officials, the same criteria for delegates named to the last gubernatorial convention four years ago. (Bass)
Not so good. The DeStefano slate won easily, but the fact that there was a challenge slate at all looks terrible to Democrats who might want a candidate they can unify behind.
It's very, very premature to count DeStefano out. He has the support of labor unions, and has a lot of money left in the bank. He also has higher name recognition than Malloy, and the few polls released on the governor's race show him doing slightly better against Rell than Malloy.
There will be a lot for delegates to think about.
Bass, Paul. "A Night at the Races." New Haven Independent 27 March, 2006.