I’ve been asked by several people why my blog was silent on Friday when Mayor Eddie Perez was found guilty in his corruption, considering I had blogged on the case many times before. Truth is, I was out of town, in Chicago for an annual pilgrimage to Wrigley Field my friends and I have done 23 straight summers.
I got an e-mail from Kara shortly after landing at O’Hare: “verdict in a half hour.” As a journalist and also a city resident, I almost couldn’t believe I was missing the biggest story to hit Hartford in many years. Then when I got the verdict I was trying to read it on my phone while the train was gumping and shaking. I immediately called Pedro Segarra to find out what the city council was going to, hoping the connection would hold as the train went underground into the subway. A few more calls later to a few other folks and I had some decent information to phone in to WFSB assistant news director Patience Hettrick.
It was killing me not to be able to go to a TV or computer to watch the verdict. I had to meet my buddies at the legendary “Murphy’s Bleachers” in the shadow of Wrigley before the game. I kept checking my phone for updates, but the news junkie in me was not satisfied.
I got home Saturday night, celebrated Father’s Day and logged on to read all the news stories.
As for Mayor Perez, he is doing the right thing by resigning. There is no way having a convicted felon running a troubled city can be a good thing. The city has been paralyzed economically during the corruption scandal, and one can only hope the developers and investors wary of dealing with an embattled mayor will see Hartford for what it really is: a place of untapped potential.
Coming up: my blog on the next mayor of Hartford.