Saturday, June 12, 2010

Will Bysiewicz Run For Mayor of Middletown?

"I don't think this is something Dan Drew will want to hear," Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz said when asked directly about the rumor circulating around Middletown that she will run for mayor.

Bysiewicz, who was a candidate for governor before she decided to run for the post of Attorney General, and was disqualified by the Connecticut Supreme Court, is a lifelong Middletown resident.

Dan Drew is the young Democratic candidate who ran for mayor in the last election and lost to Republican incumbent Sebastian Giuliano by a narrow margin.

"I've been considering a lot of options since that fateful day when the legal decision was made," Bysiewicz said while attending the groundbreaking for the Army Reserve Training Center.  "And only one person has suggested I run for mayor, but I'm not about to say 'no' to any options at this point.

After which she smiled broadly.

Bysiewicz has committed to a full-length interview with the Eye's Stephan Devoto.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sue would be a serious candidate, not just a puppet of the Serras and Loffredos like Drew. This would be a great move in the right direction for Middletown Dems!

Anonymous said...

I think she ruined her chances of doing anything in the political arena. Maybe Middletown would embrace a hometown girl. Maybe that's the only way she could get back into politics. I would not vote for her. Is that one person that she talked about herself?

Anonymous said...

Why is it so difficult for "professional" politicians to break the cycle and get a real job in the private sector. I Susan Bysiewicz runs for Mayor, it will be just another case of no change for the taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

Dan Drew will do what he is told. And then he will realize where he stands in the party. In reality, Susan is the perfect candidate to restore respect to the Middletown Dems. Go for it Susan. We are behind you. Reading this report this morning has brought a smile to this unhappy democrat for the first time in a very long time. Lets here it for Mayor Susan!

Anonymous said...

I would hope that she would bring a lot of the political experience and know how she has gathered at the state level and put that to good use for Middletown. I don't know if I would vote for her, but I'd love to hear what creative ideas she has to help Middletown prosper on the waterfront, developing our recreational spaces, and doing more for the arts; all of which would help the city thrive and economically and stand out as a go to location within the state. If she can addresses those issues in concrete ways she has my vote. She has enough going on outside of Middletown, that she does not have to rely on polictics as usual like most of the dems and former Mayors.

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Anonymous said...

Middletown needs a mayor dedicated to the City of Middletown and not her own political ambitions. Bysiewicz would use the position to maintain a position in politics with an eye on Lieberman's seat in 2012. She would make decisions based on her own political future as opposed to Middletown's best interests and use 2011 to campaign for the Senate seat. Middletown would be nothing more than a stepping stone for her. No way!

Anonymous said...

Hurray for Middletown if she runs!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

If Susan were to run, I think she would be a good candidate--given her experience, she is well connected and knows how things work in Connecticut and could put that to good use for Middletown.
I am not worried about this being a 'stepping stone' to a future senate race - she would be going from a state-wide office to mayor of a medium-sized town; I think this would be a step down from Secretary of State.
Furthermore, she wouldn't have any problem finding a job in the private sector should that be her choice.

Anonymous said...

This is just RAW AMBITION at it's worst. Yes, she has name recognition, but I wouldn't want this woman run for dog catcher.

Anonymous said...

It's a slam dunk! Even the mayor himself will have to realize that. My only fear is that the council dems would not want her because she can stand on her own two feet and not be their puppet like the former dem candidate would have been. Thank god we did not get him!

A. Nonomous said...

Hey, Susan...How about spending some time in the real, working world instead of just seeking a free ride on the taxpayer dollar in elected office?

Anonymous said...

I'm not afraid of her ambition. It would be refreshing to have someone leading the city with a focused sense of direction, and little interest in the usual pursuits of our elected officials.

John said...

Why are you allowing the Anonymous June 12, 2010, 11:17am comment to stay on the site? What does it have to do with this article?

Anonymous said...

It would be excellent prep for the next run for governor, in 2014. A candidate who understands the plight of mid-sized towns that are not located on the Gold Coast, but who also knows from long years of experience how the state capitol works.

Anonymous said...

she's an asset to the democratic party, hope she stays involved in public service!

Anonymous said...

Is there any government job she won't run for?

Anonymous said...

she should have run for governor instead of attorney general. I for one now question her ambition. Had she run for governor the democrats would have finally removed a republican strong hold in that seat. When she went after the attorney generals spot, all I could feel was that HER career ladder goals were more important than the needs of the democratic party and the people in our state.....shame on her!

Disgusted Citizen said...

Why would she want to run for Mayor of Middletown. That is not a step up but backwards. Plus what is the guarantee she would finish her term before running for another office in the state in 2012.

The only positive is Tommy and his gang would not be able to control her like they would have with Dan Drew.

Anonymous said...

I like Susan's "blind ambition tour" through CT politics so far. A hard charging Mayor would sure beat the Boss Hogg mentality that we have with our current mayor and council.

Groucho said...

One of the most vain glorious, grossly ambitious people I have ever seen in the political arena. She works a room all the time and should go out and get a real job.

Anonymous said...

It has been my experience with the Tom Serra and Vinnie Loffredo that they respect and look for independent intelligent people. This is exactly what they found in Dan Drew.

When Ron Klattenberg withdrew from the Mayoral race and Dan Drew threw his hat in the ring, he sat down with all prior Mayors to listen to their advise regarding the office. He ran an independent campaign with his own campaign manager and treasurer. He spent the summer and fall canvassing door to door with dozens of fellow democrats. He is going to make a great next Mayor!

Anonymous said...

Susan is an accomplished administrator who has had the misfortune of terrible advise from her political managers. I suspect she goes against the grain of most political operatives which would explain the current dilemma she faces. I believe she would serve Middletown well as Mayor. She appears to have strong leadership skills and the courage to face problems. We certainly need some local democrat leadership as we are stuck in a decades old paradigm of a "good ole boys'" game.

Anonymous said...

yeah but whats her real job other than running for various political offices looking to someday get a senate seat? hometown girl? yeah ok has anyone ever seen her at a council meeting or town event?
we know she went to law school but was never a lawyer in a court.
other than managing her own campaign what outside of the political arena has she done?

MJS said...

Advice, people. Not advise. Two different words.

Pet peeve. Sorry. Carry on.