No Confirmation Or Denial
From Town Chair Weseliza,
Who Would Be Ousted
By A Tallarita Insurgency
By ANDY THIBAULT
The Cool Justice Report
Dec. 28, 2007
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Enfield Democratic Town Chairwoman Karen Weseliza is expected to bow out gracefully as Cocoa Puffs, aka former Mayor Patrick Tallarita, lines up caucus votes to take over the helm of the local party.
"She will back off -- she's like a puppet for him," a long-time town committee member told The Cool Justice Report.
"I'm not going to talk about it," was all Wesliza would say when asked about who might be jockeying for votes in next month's party caucus.
Close associates of Tallarita have been lobbying Democratic Party voters in recent weeks to line up support for Cocoa Puffs' bid to become town chairman.
The Cool Justice Report interviewed half a dozen active Enfield Democrats and several other sources upon receiving a tip. Among those said to be working on Cocoa Puffs' behalf: Cocoa Puffs' sister, State Rep. Kathy Tallarita; and his business partner, Dave Fredrick, aka Dave Frederick.
"I've heard from several sources that Pat wants to overthrow Karen Weseliza and install himself as town chairman," a local political observer said. " … There is jockeying going on there for sure. From what I gather some of the more independent-minded Democrats -- [Brian] Peruta, [Doug] Maxellon, [Red] Edgar -- regard this as a rather scary prospect. You can bet that Pat taking over will be all about settling scores."
Tallarita's local district slate includes friends, relatives and at least a couple teen-age candidates for the town committee. Party members said they would be reviewing eligibility rules to run for town committee positions and checking to see whether all candidates were registered voters.
"I don't know what his [Cocoa Puffs] motives are, but I'm sure there are some," a town committee member said. "It will be the next stop for him."
Missing from the proposed slate, sources said, is long-time committee member and former Mayor Adam Pierz.
"I'm really sorry they knocked him off," a town committee member said. "He's an icon."