Monday, July 03, 2006

Fabrizi Gets Warm Reception at Bridgeport Parade

Lieberman Booed

The people of Bridgeport seem very willing to forgive John Fabrizi for using cocaine while in office.
Midway through the Barnum Festival's Great Street Parade Sunday, Mayor John M. Fabrizi broke free from a steady stream of outstretched handshakes.

"Hey, I'm going to get blamed for holding up the parade," Fabrizi apologized, pressing forward.

Applause, broken only by sporadic gaps in the 1-mile parade route, along with shouts of "Yea, John," made the mayor's day.
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"He's not a bad guy. He didn't steal any money or anything," said Jason Marrizi, a street vendor from Ansonia, who stopped to wave as the mayor passed by.

"He made a mistake but the mayor is the mayor. I think he's doing a good job," said Juan Planas of Bridgeport. (Lambeck)

Cozying up to George W. Bush, though, that's unforgivable:
The only negative shouts seemed directed at Lieberman, who is facing a primary challenge from Ned Lamont of Greenwich.

"Hey, look at that, a Democrat walking with a Republican," came one shout to Lieberman.

"How's the president," shouted another parade watcher, giving Lieberman a thumbs-down sign. (Lambeck)

Wow. I guess that's why he doesn't release his schedule.

Source

Lambeck, Linda Conner. "Thousands Watch the Barnum Festival's Great Street Parade." Connecticut Post 3 July, 2006.

30 comments:

disgruntled_republican said...

I am glad I wasn't there.

On the one hand you have a man who has done nothing criminal but may have different views on issues facing the country, myself included, and he gets booed.

On the other hand you have a man who sucked illegal drugs through his nose and then lied about it but people "like" him and gets praise.

Speaks volumes as to what is wrong with this country...

Genghis Conn said...

Amazing, isn't it? Maybe Lieberman should try cocaine. It might help.

Don Pesci said...
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MikeCT said...

Let's see.. who has done more damage to the country - Fabrizi or Lieberman. No contest.

Don Pesci said...

Concerning Turfgrrl’s putative conflict of interest: If y’all are looking for corrupt bloggers who accept consultant money from the people they are writing about and then give them a free ride, you might tryhere. Please note the date of the Slate piece. These facts – as CtKeith and BRubenstein might put it – have been available for awhile. And nothing here reported prevented Connecticut bloggers from commingling with Daily Kos.

Sue123 said...

Ned Lamont was there!

http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=1832

Gabe said...

Don Pesci:

From that article:

Armstrong quit blogging for the half-year that Armstrong Zuniga, the two men's political consulting firm, was on the Dean payroll, and Moulitsas posted a somewhat grumpy disclosure on his site's front page during the same period.

Leaving aside the "grumpiness" of the disclosure, what is your point? One stopped blogging when he was getting paid and the other posted a disclosure...

My comment is not an attack on Turfgrrl, who seemed not not have a conflict of interest, but on faulty logic.

BRubenstein said...

Both Fabrizi and Lieberman should have been booed...and both should be fired...acceptance of criminal acts tears at the very fabric of society...there must be something in the water of Bridgeport.

Don Pesci said...

Gabe

Just laying out the facts. For a more recent piece from the New Republic see here

Wrath of Conn said...

acceptance of criminal acts tears at the very fabric of society

How profound.

And here I thought you were a liberal. Now, I don't like Fabrizi much at all, but do you seriously think admitting that you took drugs should get you fired from your job? What about treating addiction? What about getting people help who need it? Should we really be telling people "If you have a drug problem don't tell anyone or you'll get your ass fired"?

disgruntled_republican said...

wrath of conn-

To answer your question, as an elected official he took an oath to live within the laws. He broke the law, so yes, he should be fired.

Gabe said...

Don,

In laying out the "fact" that "corrupt bloggers who accept consultant money from the people they are writing about and then give them a free ride", you neglected to lay out the fact that one of the bloggers didn't blog while was taking money and the other disclosed the financial arrangement. Was that not relevant?

CT64 said...

I unfortunately do not have a lot of time to keep up with making posts all the time, but I came across this one this morning and I have to say I cannot believe the reception the people of Bridgeport gave to Lieberman and Fabrizi.

Any views aside a criminal act, which has been admitted to, and someone who has highly unpopular views such as Lieberman's stance on the war are two very completely different things. I just don't understand how people could support someone who has admitted using a controlled substance. These people that we elect to represent us should be held in the highest regard, especially chief elected officials.

You want to talk about ethics and restoring faith into government, letting a known cocaine user who most likely was using the substance while in the capacity as a mayor or councilman is clearly unacceptable. Oh but I forgot, he admitted he was wrong and has seeked help so that makes everything okay.

Shame on the people of Bridgeport for showing support to a criminal and booing a long time public servant who sticks to his principles but has never put an illegal substance in him (well as far as we know).

bluecoat said...

Rell, JDS and DM are all giving Fabrizi the same free pass that people seem to decry here..........Coke the pause that refreshes...

BRubenstein said...

Wrath of Conn..Im a democrat who doesn't cover for Dem's breaking the law...

While Mayor, Fabrizri used cocaine and alcohol to excess...

While Mayor he lied to the public( those that voted him in) when he said he didnt know Mr Farady..) it came out a few days later that Fabrizi officiated at Farady's wedding and placed 13 cell calls to him during the wiretaps of Farady)...and..he lied to the press for days....

One of the bedrock principles of this country the " equal standard of justice)..if this were you or I..we would have been arrested, etc..there shouldnt be a system of justice different for the wealthy,influential and powerful.
Furthermore Fabrizi runs the police department whose job is to deal with the scurge of drugs as it relates to a poor city...how can the scurge of drugs be dealt with when the Mayor is a know drug offender..

BRubenstein said...

Disgruntled...WE are correct on this one...and in agreement..

You don't wonder why Connecticut is in trouble lately with so much corruption from elected officials, when elected officials like DM,JDS and REll are willing to give Fabrizi a " pass"...

Genghis Conn said...

Just got word that Lieberman is holding a press conference at the capitol today at 1pm. No word on what the press conference is about--which for the Lieberman people is odd. Anyone who's in the area might want to snoop about.

ctkeith said...

Don Pesci,

Now everyone knows why noone reads your blog or takes you seriously.

Daily Kos had a disclosure message on the front page of his blog explaining he was being paid by the Dean Campaign the entire time he was.

This story was debunked when it came out but since you live in Ann Coulters world that reality hasn't hit you yet.

bluecoat said...

and besides breaking the law while in office, he has made some bd decisions: the kids jail on the waterfron that was a holdover from Ganim and Rowland; tax breaks for the D'Addarios and the Dinardo's; he also closed down a fire station to save money - I can't tell if it was justified or not - but one of the big supporters of Fabrizi's decision was retired firefighter and DTCer Fardy(not Farady BR) who was the father of the kid who got Fabrizi the blow while he was being videotaped using it...

ctkeith said...

What Fabrizi did was wrong and he should resign BUT the people of Bridgeport understand that Lieberman sent over 2500 kids to their death for nothing and deserves even more scorn than a poor sap who snorted some coke.

Lieberman recieved 13 defermants from serving during the Vietnam war.He even went as far as getting his wife pregnant to avoid service yet since his rise to the Senate has voted to send others to war at every possible chance.

The age to join the military was raised last week to 42.Anyone think Lieberman Asked his son Matt(age 39)to consider enlisting when he was in CT last week to campaign for Daddy?

BRubenstein said...

I agree with Ct Keith Lieberman is reprehensible by sending 2500 good americans to their death knowing that the pre-text to us going in Iraq was a bunch of lies.

bluecoat said...

ctkeith: that does put things in to perspective; but I would argue with you that Joe and everybody else that voted in the fall of 2002 for the use of necessary force to disarm Saddam Hussein didn't vote for Bush's war; but Joe has supported not only his vote but Bush's misuse of it and for that Joe must go...

disgruntled_republican said...

With that logic I guess Senator Dodd is responsible for the 10's of thousands of Iraqi's who died at Saddam's hands while we watched...

Genghis Conn said...

Sorry--that press conference is happening on the steps of the state capitol in Hartford today at 1pm.

I wonder what's going on?

disgruntled_republican said...

Maybe he is going announce his jumping ship???

ctkeith said...

I bet Lieberman announces he's collecting Signatures.
Between his pollster telling him he's now losing among Likely and most likely voters and being booed at all his unannounced public appearances it's obvious Lieberman can't win on Aug. 8th.

If this happens it's Time to put up or shut up for Rosa,Larson and every other Elected oficial in this state who wants to call himself/herself a Democrat.

cgg said...

The parade response doesn't surprise me at all. I've also had conversations with people from Waterbury who think Rowland should run for office again. It's bizarre how some people take so much pride in corrupt, criminal, or just plain idiotic politicians. It crosses party lines too.

Genghis Conn said...

Lieberman to announce plans for possible independent campaign... All right, we'll know in about half an hour.

Don Pesci said...

Gabe

"Was that not relevant?"

Sure, everything's revelant. This for example. Trouble in Paradise Check out the links.