A Review of the NAACP Candidate Forum
By The Moll
Local Candidates for Connecticut State Offices squared off at the NAACP town hall style forum Monday night. The event was held at the Bristol Public Library where the public asked questions of the office seekers. Alas, no more time should be wasted with this Preamble so let’s get down to the nut cutting.
Some of Bristol’s powerful, popular and connected are here and talking to Bristol’s powerful, popular and connected. Good idea not to make conversation with commoners. I’m just a voter so why talk to me?
Here comes Whit Betts aaaaand there goes Whit Betts. Not even a hello. I am surprised he doesn’t have a bushel of corn for everyone.
Wait, here comes Chris Wright aaaaand there goes Chris Wright. Am I invisible?
For the “meet and greet” portion of the night, I don’t see much meet and greet.
Cara Pavalock-D’Amato has arrived. I’m surprised she is not being carried in on a litter by six muscular men in togas. Even though she has been mean to Boardman not once, not twice but 2.5 times, I am warming to her.
Perhaps I have been too critical of Cara. My observations unfair, my criticism unwarranted; couched in a bias. No, despite my ill health, I am not on medical marijuana or suffering from a mental illness. I am really, really trying here to like her.
Full disclosure: I have gone days without any pain meds so friends say my judgement is grossly “impaired”, my beliefs “compromised”, and my rationale “devoid of reality.”
Puck dropped at 6:30. Here we go the Pledge of Allegiance starts us off.
I am lonely and bored.
Tolls? How is this STILL an issue?
Time to text a “friend.” Oh, wait, silly me, no cell service in here. Jesus H!
For the love of God Henri speak up. Why does every political event have an audio issue? Where is the AV Club when you need them?
What’s the score of the Cubs Brewers game? I heard the Cubbies lost.
Do-de, do-de do.
The new guy Allen Marko is about to speak so this should be bor-HOLY MOTHER OF GOD! That voice is booming! The room is shaking, my chair moving! A seismic wave has come across the room. Dear God make it sto-
I am huffing and puffing.
Give me a minute.
How come there is no merchandise for sale here? I would buy a “I Survived Representative Ziogas Justifying the Benefit of Tolls!” t-shirt in a heartbeat.
Medical marijuana question…seems like a unanimous no. Sooo, alcohol “okay” marijuana not “okay.” Huh? That does not make any sense to me. Are they passing the dutchie? Hitting the hay? Mowing the grass? Burning one down up there on the dais?
Henri put everyone to sleep with that bump stock ban answer of his. When the crowd woke up from their naps he was still talking about bump stocks. That was so 20 minutes ago dude.
7 something or other
Did Chris just go after Cara? Hey, hey, hey not tonight buddy.
Okay she deflected and has been on a defense. Hmm.
Exact time unknown
Oh God no! Marko is on his feet ready to speak. Where is my emergency preparedness kit? Blocking ears…fearing for life…walls shaking…are my ears bleeding?
Hang on…it’s over.
Will there be any aftershocks? The guy under his chair next to me says no. We are “okay.” The all clear was issued.
Why did I come here? There are 60,477 people living in Bristol with 35,383 registered voters of which 12,529 voted in 2017. There are roughly 70 seats in here and several are empty.
Despite all the complaining, all the grandstanding and all the anger – not everyone cares as much as they would like you to believe.