Welcome to www.BlogforCT.com! Here at DeStefano for Connecticut, we have been excited about launching our campaign blog for over a year now. On February 27, 2004, as the Mayor signed the papers registering his gubernatorial candidate committee, "DeStefano for Connecticut," I remember him asking, "So when does our blog go up?" That was just over a year ago. We're finally here!
I asked the Mayor why he was excited about the blog. He said he wanted to hear what people had to say about Connecticut. He said he wanted a dialogue. He said the best ideas come from everyone. Everyone around him kept telling him to focus on fundraising and the media and consultants and the Democratic Town Chairs—and he did invest energy in many of those things. But he kept asking about his blog.
I wouldn't be working for John DeStefano if he was just your everyday Connecticut Democratic candidate for Governor. And he isn't. He has led New Haven to be a national leader in innovation—a city of solutions. Even though it's only home to 126,000 people, it is one of the first cities in the country to push for state legislation enabling the public financing of elections, the first in New England to join the 2010 renewable energy campaign and the first in Connecticut to confront a major bank demutualization and win.
The Mayor has built a record in the state—even in the country—as an aggressive, innovative and hands—on problem solver. But it isn't because he necessarily thinks of every good idea himself. Maybe the best thing about John DeStefano is that he doesn't
—but that rather he is open-minded enough to recognize a great idea when he hears one and smart enough to figure out a way to make it happen, listening, learning, building coalitions and watching amazing results take place. To a seemingly crazy and impossible scheme that would be good for people, he is more likely to say "Why not?" than why. That's one reason he has made an excellent mayor, why he will be an excellent Governor and why your comments and contributions to this blog are worth your time. Maybe to a lot of campaigns they are just words. But John isn't like most candidates, and this isn't like most campaigns. For better or worse, he is going to take you seriously.
Thank you again for visiting our blog. It's your blog too. Come again. Tell us what you think about John, about our campaign, about Connecticut and what we need to do to move our state forward. Let's have a conversation that changes our state!