HARTFORD, and BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — The day after the big primary upsets in two of the state’s major cities and the state’s top Democrat is embracing the results in one and distancing himself from the other.
Governor Malloy was quick to embrace the winner in Hartford and urges the defeated Mayor to get out of the race. But in Bridgeport; there is no embrace for the winner of the Democratic Primary and no pushing the defeated Mayor to get out.
As far as Governor Malloy is concerned, yesterday’s democratic primaries in Hartford and Bridgeport are definitely a ‘tale of two very different cities.’
Governor Malloy wasted no time endorsing his former aid Luke Bronin claiming to have remained neutral in the race although many feel there was obvious friction between his administration and Mayor Segarra.
The Mayor saying through a spokesperson he is likely to take a week to decide if he will run in November as an independent. But Bronin and the Governor made it clear they want Segarra to call it quits saying, “Yesterday was the time to celebrate, today is the time to come together.” Added Governor Malloy, “I will reach out to Mayor Segarra and have discussion with him in the hopes that we can avoid any further difficulties in Hartford and get this ticket ready for a win in November.”
Down in Bridgeport, former Mayor Joe Ganim also won the Democratic Primary fair and square, although by a much closer margin. Mayor Finch, who was endorsed by Malloy before the primary, has made it clear he will run in November as a third party candidate.
So will Governor Malloy, who has made giving offenders a second chance one of his big issues, endorse Ganim and urge Mayor Bill Finch to get out of the race? “I’m not doing anything on that race today. I have to have some conversations and take a look at it. It’s clear that all three of those candidates in that race intended to run independent campaigns that’s not what Luke Bronin was doing in Hartford,” said Governor Malloy.
At about the same time, Ganim was savoring his primary victory and pushing the issue that helped him win saying, “The voters of the Democratic Party said, by and large, they agree with us, that taxes are too high and the constant raising of taxes in this city’s got to stop.”
So the prospects are good that there’ll be a multiple candidate race in Bridgeport and Hartford in November.
So how unusual is it for someone to lose a big primary and then run and win as an independent? The most famous case of it recently was Senator Joe Lieberman who lost a big Democratic Primary, then formed his own party called ‘Connecticut for Lieberman’ and won another term. In Hartford, Mayor Mike Peters did it during the 1980’s.