CTNewsjunkie got caught up in the week’s busy news cycle, but wanted to take a moment to thank readers who attended the May 18 fundraiser at O’Porto restaurant. CTNewsjunkie will be making a contribution to the Greater Hartford Literacy Council thanks to your support. For those of you unable to attend, I’m sure you’d like to know who won the first three Political Junkie awards. Keep reading to find out.
The “Smartest Political Move,” goes to President Pro Tempore Sen. Donald Williams,D-Brooklyn, who triumphed over the soda lobby and successfully passed a ban on the sale of soda in schools. Following its passage the bill made national news on the fight against childhood obesity. The “Gutsiest Political Move” goes to Appropriations Committee Co-Chairwoman, Rep. Denise Merrill, D-Mansfield, and Sen. Toni Harp, D-New Haven, for inserting language that mandated distribution of emergency contraception to rape victims into the spending plan. While it failed to make it into the final budget it kept the issue in the news. The “Dumbest Political Move” goes to Gov. M. Jodi Rell for trying to rush through the nomination of a Supreme Court chief justice. While we still don’t know her motivations, Rell’s decision to get the legislature to act quickly on Justice Peter T. Zarella’s nomination backfired. At the same time, Rell should be thanked for beginning the events that uncovered former Chief Justice William “Tocco” Sullivan’s judicial deception.