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New London Democrats Split With Mayor

The New London Democratic Town Committee no longer includes the city's top-elected official.

New London Mayor Daryl Finizio
New London Mayor Daryl Finizio
New London's Democratic Town Committee's caucus last night was most noteworthy, not so much for who was elected to serve on the 60-member committee for the next two years, but for who wasn't. 

Most notably, the city's top-serving Democrat, Mayor Daryl Finizio, and his chief of staff and long-serving Democratic Town Committee member, Jane Glover, did not garner enough votes to be reelected. City Council member Michael Passero told the New London Day, the results showed "a lack of confidence in the mayor's leadership within his own party." The slate of candidates presented by Passero, however, didn't include Finizio or Glover, both of whom were nominated during the Caucus. 

The mayor appeared to take his loss in this election in stride, posting on Facebook: "Congratulations to all the newly elected members of the New London Democratic Town Committee !! I look forward to working with you all for the good of our party and our city."
mike beard January 09, 2014 at 07:03 AM
Anyone suprised
Kenneth R. Lewis January 09, 2014 at 07:41 AM
Nice quote from the mayor, but he has not yet worked with anyone for the good of the city or the good of anyone but himself. I do not see him starting now.
Nicholas Jacobs January 09, 2014 at 09:29 AM
What a slap in the face to the democratic mayor in his own city. There will be grave consequences for this.
Lorraine Benoit January 09, 2014 at 10:27 AM
The democratic committee ostracizes anyone out side its own group- I was vice chair of the democratic committee in my Hometown prior to moving to new London and a life long democrat. when I cam to new London I wastreated like dirt I tried to join the Democratic committee and to effect change , seeing what this city could be , but the committee is a bunch of insular biased people who never will accept anyone out side of their won group The mayor may have his won issues but for New London Democrats this is business as usual. They will never achieve anything . They are still hoping that guy who moved to Waterford will be elected!
Nicholas Jacobs January 09, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Exactly Lorraine!
A New Londoner January 09, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Like the Republican Town Committee, the Democratic Town Committee is about as useful as teats on a frog.
Felicia Hendersen January 09, 2014 at 12:16 PM
And they are as effective as Daryl as mayor of New London.
Lorraine Benoit January 09, 2014 at 01:15 PM
sad to see that nothing will get done til they all are ousted! we should get together and form our own group!
Felicia Hendersen January 09, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Lorraine, How can people reach you to start that?
Alma Miller January 09, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Can't the mayor ask for a do over of the election, it could have been just confusion for some people. He is working hard for New London.
Lorraine Benoit January 09, 2014 at 04:17 PM
A man's reputation is the opinion people have of him; his character is what he really is. ” — Jack Miner email me @ lorrainecalzetta@hotmail.com we can start a revolution.
Jayne deaux January 09, 2014 at 04:29 PM
Attica!Attica!Attica!
John Butler January 13, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Smart politics and emotion are incompatible. The Democratic Town Committee saw an opportunity to show some of the members don't like Finizio. Politics is a means to an end, not the end itself. If some of the New London Democratic old guard wants to oust the mayor, they can seek support among the Democratic rank and file in the next primary. Instead, they opted not to keep their powder dry. The mayor and his supporters now know the names of the people who have chosen to be adversaries. He can work to convert them or prepare to do battle with them. The Town Committee just gave up its freedom of action. Had they reelected Finizio and Glover, they would have been able to make decisions aimed at victory in the next election -- in any way that is pragmatic. Instead, they made the decision too soon. Now they have baggage. Caesar in his Latin commentaries called baggage impedimenta. Finizio will be extremely popular, extremely unpopular, or more likely, somewhere in between, come the next election. It would be then to decide what actions they need to take. What the DTC accomplished is a vigorous battle between the pro- and anti-Finizio committee segments. Why did they want to split the party before they would have to? They chose emotion over smart politics. The GOP has little opportunity to win the next one -- unless, of course, the Democratic party pro's and anti's have been fighting each other between elections. I think it important to know that Finizio won the last primary decisively -- despite the opposition of the DTC.
Greg Bryant January 13, 2014 at 09:52 AM
John, that was the move and work of Mr. Passero. It has been said that he orchestrated this move. All must agree it was premature and out of emotion because he (Passero) was kicked to the curb on the council and the low vote getter placed as council president. These people act like angry schoolyard children that react before thinking because they have not developed the skills to hide their emotions and think before acting. It is all out in the open and I would bet that Finizio will have some kind of counter action coming.
William Desmond January 13, 2014 at 09:59 AM
All this childlike battling will only make any other candidate than Passero or Finizio a better choice. That is how Finizio got elected, voters voted against Buscetto and Pero, not for Finizio.
John Butler January 13, 2014 at 12:14 PM
If the DTC actually had electoral influence, the committee would have won the last primary. They didn't; the candidate the committee opposed won.
William Desmond January 13, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Did the committee really oppose him or was it a good old fashioned back stabbing.
William Desmond January 13, 2014 at 03:14 PM
None of them are to be trusted.
Randy Drummond January 13, 2014 at 03:20 PM
The mayor has made his term and administration all about revenge on Buscetto and anyone that supported him or was near him in anyway. It has not been about making New London better at all, no vision, no direction, just vengeance. Now the city is a mess.
John Butler January 13, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Randy: Is this in answer to something I said?
John Butler January 13, 2014 at 04:57 PM
William Desmond: If I recall correctly, the DTC endorsed Buscetto. Finizio challenged him in a primary and won. I'm sure if my memory's wrong. I'll certainly be told.
William Desmond January 13, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Correct but there was a whole movement behind the scenes against Buscetto and that is how it worked.
Lorraine Benoit January 13, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Can we try to get someone else in
Lorraine Benoit January 13, 2014 at 07:44 PM
If anyone's ever elected who hives a hoot they may be able to get something done bruschetta went to Waterford .... Certainly blindfolding someone and opening up a phone book and picking a random name to run may yield a better result
Randy Drummond January 14, 2014 at 08:26 AM
Lorraine, what are the odds of that happening?
Kathleen Mitchell January 14, 2014 at 02:45 PM
John Butler, I enjoyed reading your very well crafted comments. Having said that, I disagree with much of what you wrote including " The mayor and his supporters now know the names of the people who have chosen to be adversaries." Both the mayor and many, if not most, of his supporters have known for quite awhile who their adversaries are. It has not been a secret for a very long time now. You only have to be at or watch the council meetings now that the mayor has decided to attend them to see the level of hostility. The DTC is not the body to hold accountable for Daryl, et al losing their seats. That was strictly a function of the Third District aided by many dissatisfied residents.
Greg Bryant January 14, 2014 at 03:33 PM
But Ms. Mitchell it was a coup crafted by and for Mr. Passero as a result of his bruised ego from not getting the council presidents position as the high vote recipient. Mr. Passero was not one to hold the administration accountable when he led the council and now Mr. Passero has come out strongly against the mayor and administration. Time will tell just how the mayor handles the rogue democrat for his actions against the mayor.

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