Kara and I attended the annual Archbishop’s St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Connecticut Convention Center, along with a thousand other people. We usually go every year and it is a great event for a great cause. I was the featured speaker a few years back, invited to talk about my education at Catholic schools, which are the beneficiary of the breakfast.
It is a must attend event if you are in politics, and today was no exception. Linda McMahon was there, beaming over her new poll numbers. Oz Greibel was there telling me about some new endorsements and Lt. Governor Michael Fedele was talking about his news conference planned for later in the day. He also ribbed me about what he perceived to be negative comments about him in my blog. I told the Lt. Governor Fedele I had only written about how the lack of an endorsement from Governor Rell was hurting his candidacy.
Speaking of Governor Rell, Kara and I spotted her walking by our table as we were talking to former Governor John Rowland, who was seated at our table reserved for former breakfast speakers. Rowland is also an Catholic school alum. For a few seconds, the former ticket that made Connecticut history by being elected three times, were within inches of each other. The Governor was then seated at the adjacent table with breakfast organizer and our friend Laura Flynn Baldini. Kara and I went over to the Governor and we chatted briefly about her grandchildren. To give you a sense of how close we were, if I had stretched out my arms, one would have touched Governor Rell and the other former Governor Rowland. Wouldn’t you love to see them both during a joint appearance on “Face the State?”
The reporters in us were waiting for Rell and Rowland to have some sort of an encounter, talk or shake hands or even exchange a glance, but we saw none of that. Although, out of fairness it is possible they did so after the breakfast was over when people were walking out of the Convention Center. As soon as the breakfast was over, both were approached by several people wanting to talk to them.
They certainly didn’t seem tense about their dining proximity that was noticed by many people. I had to wonder what Governor Rowland was thinking sitting in this beautiful massive building in the massive Adriaen’s Landing development, none of which would have been built without him. Judging by the steady stream of visitors to the table, people still want to talk to John Rowland despite his irrevocable status as a convicted felon. I have heard from several people, even Democrats (especially Hartford Democrats) who still say he is their favorite governor.
For the record though, more people were lined up to say hi to Governor Rell.