Governor Jodi Rell says there are three committees working on her January third inauguration. One is working on the parade, one on the inauguration ceremony and one on the ball.
Rell says her office is waiting for some guidance from the office of state ethics on how best to fund the inaugural ball. New laws taking effect ban contributions from lobbyists and contractors. In past years, both helped to foot the bill. (AP)
I actually went to Rell's first inaugural. I stood way in the back.
I had just left my job as a high school teacher, but was a few days away from starting my new job at the library where I now work. I was also about six months away from starting this site. So I had time to kill, and, seeing that the inauguration was on a warm July day where I had nothing better to do, I drove down to Hartford.
I'd been following the Rowland scandal, and I, like just about everyone else in Connecticut, was relieved to see him finally leave and let his likable yet unknown Lt. Governor take the reins. I parked in Great River Park in East Hartford (it's free-I'm too cheap to pay for parking in Hartford when I can avoid it) and hoofed it across the Founders Bridge into the city.
I got there far, far too early and spent hours wandering around downtown listening to the bagpipers warm up and finding places to sit in the shade. When the time came, I gathered with a small crowd of regular people (those not sitting in chairs in front of the Capitol's north side) to watch the procession, the swearing-in, and then Rell's speech.
I remember a parade up the north driveway led by pipers and the Governor's Foot Guard. The swearing in was done by then-Chief Justice William Sullivan (I assume Justice Borden will do the honors this time, as no new chief justice has been named), and then Rell gave a short speech promising to clean house and restore trust in government.
And that was it. I have to wonder how this one is going to be different. What will Rell say? I think I'll try to go again--although this time I don't think I'll be able to get away with wearing shorts and a ratty t-shirt.
"Plans underway for inaugural parade, ball." Associated Press30 November, 2006.