Patrick Tallarita — the Enfield mayor and state Labor Department official who is among the subjects of a political corruption investigation by the Chief State’s Attorney — went on a checkout-line rampage at Shaw’s Supermarket Memorial Day, threatening a witness and scaring young children as he screamed and made an obscene gesture ...
"He could always find work
as an enforcer for DeLuca."
I don’t understand… why would the Dems in that district support Tallerita running in the first place at this point? He isn’t fit to be the mayor of Enfield, but the Democratic constituency would get behind his run for Senate…seems unlikely. If there was any kind of primary he would go down.
That doesn’t even address the issue of a Democrat beating Kissel, who has been pretty strong. I think if a Dem is going to have any shot against Kissel it will need to be someone without this type of scandal on their record. My pick would be a local business or community leader unconnected to these recent shenannigans.
7 | The Dude June 5th, 2007 at 11:47 am Quote
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The timing is pretty interesting, coming just after a reported dust up in Shaw’s with another Democrat and allegations of an ongoing corruption investigation.
What higher office is Tallarita interested in? Well, assuming that both of the Democratic State Representatives stay in office, I would imagine he’s interested in challenging State Sen. John Kissel (R). We’ll see.
In the meantime, it’s unclear who will be leading Enfield Democrats into the next election, and who will replace Tallarita on the ticket (these are two different things–the mayor is elected by the council majority). The former is most likely going to be Deputy Mayor Ken Hilinski, the latter obviously has yet to be determined.