Are things looking a bit better?
While the Governor is a bit concerned about the recent uptick the state is seeing in positive COVID-19 tests—and especially concerned about the rising rates in Norwich and other potential hot spots—it seems as if many are moving forward carefully.
This past week the legislature held its second special session and there were more folks on the House and Senate floors, but the majority of legislators still remained in their offices for remote voting.
Meanwhile, candidates have been out and about a lot these past few weeks, going door-to-door, phone banking and using new technology rather than being crammed in noisy—and sometimes sweltering—campaign offices.
We were lucky enough to participate in several community service events that were sponsored and orchestrated by state legislators to provide their local communities some much needed help during the pandemic. My favorite one was this morning as State Rep. Christie Carpino and a team of Cromwell firefighters and community leaders distributed over 1,100 boxes of fresh food and gallons of milk to organizations and families in the greater Hartford area. Once we got started we were a well-oiled machine, and the joy we saw from the organizations receiving the food was terrific. We finished just as the rain started to come down and we made some new friends with some 15 volunteers. The best was when former Senator Paul Doyle (D) joined Rep. Carpino (R) in unloading the refrigerator truck and loading up the SUVs, trucks, U-Haul rentals and even a cute little convertible that delivered the donations to the families in need.
That’s what politics should really be about: bipartisan public-private partnerships and a sense of making a rotten situation better by just being there for those who need a little bit of help. It made my week!
This Sunday the Annual Ella T. Grasso Women’s Leadership Brunch will kick off (virtually) and the inaugural Ruth Bader Ginsburg Award will be introduced and awarded to a deserving woman here in Connecticut. Congressman John Larson announced the date of his biannual Women for Larson event, which I will have the honor of hosting along with the wonderful Patti Russo, the Executive Director of The Campaign School at Yale. It’s always a great event with over 100 women from the region celebrating Congressman Larson’s work for women, families and his all-time favorite: Pratt & Whitney. This year’s theme comes from Aretha Franklin’s hit song RESPECT. So appropriate for the Congressman and these times.
I thought I would wrap up this week’s column with some of the song lyrics:
• R-E-S-P-E-C-T - Find out what it means to me - R-E-S-P-E-C-T
• Take care, Oh (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
• A little respect (sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
• Whoa, babe (just a little bit)
• A little respect (just a little bit)