From John Dempsey to Ella Grasso to John Rowland, all governors have spoken to a joint session of the legislature in the Hall of the House at the state Capitol in a tradition that covers Democrats and Republicans.
Rell, however, decided that she wants to make "one speech that is very general - mostly tone, direction," said Christopher Cooper, Rell's spokesman. "She wanted to wait until the budget address [in February] to lay out more details. This opening day speech is much more thematic than specific." (Keating)
So why not give two general speeches? This is either very sneaky and clever or sort of lazy.
Colin McEnroe reports that Rell is promising some "surprise guests." I'm hoping for Gary Coleman.
Also, don't forget the very expensive inaugural ball, to be held at the CT Expo Center. ...Wait, the Expo Center? Don't we have the John G. Rowland Memorial Convention Center for this sort of thing? I suppose the theme for the evening will be Drafty Concrete Wonderland, or perhaps Magical Night in a Storage Shed.
You can watch all the festivities on CT-N today. That's what I'm going to do.
Keating, Christopher. "One Speech Only." Hartford Courant 3 January, 2007.