All Players In Place: The Race For Mayor Is On

April Capone made her reelection bid official Monday; Republicans John Finkle and Joe Maturo have already announced.

Folks at the East Haven Senior Center put aside their bingo cards Monday to catch their mayor officially announce her reelection bid (as Patch reported last week).

"I'll be seeking reelection for my third term," Mayor April Capone told a cheering room of seniors.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro swung by to throw in some kind words for Capone. Monday was not the first time DeLauro stood by the mayor's side. During Capone's 2009 reelection bid, amid accusations and some heavy-handed campaigning, DeLauro and now-U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal held a press conference downtown on Capone's behalf.

If the 2011 campaign becomes a repeat performance, the Democratic congresswoman said she'll also make a repeat performance.

"I will come and defend April -- no, support April. I don't have to defend April. She can defend herself," DeLauro said after a rousing speech. "She beat people who thought she would get beat. Personal attacks. What happened? April won."

With Capone's announcement, the 2011 mayoral stage appears to be fully cast. Republicans John Finkle and former Mayor Joe Maturo have gone public with their intentions to take on Capone in November, after they duke it out in a September primary.

Finkle campaign manager Joe Zullo singlehandedly held up the Republican fort Monday. Neither Republican candidate came to hear the mayor announce.

Reached by phone, Finkle said yes, his 2009 campaign was negative in that he criticized Capone's leadership but was not responsible for any mud-slinging.

"We spent a lot of time trying to paint the (economic) picture for the future. I think now the big change for us is getting the message out on how we're going to solve the problem," said Finkle.

Asked how he felt about his primary challenge from Maturo, the former Board of Education chair said he's disappointed "because it distracts from what the real focus is, which is a unified team taking on the current administration. We're very confident (about beating Maturo in September). I'm confident we'll do very well (in November) to take on April."

Messages left for Maturo were not returned.

ASmith April 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM
He was buzzy havin hiself a big party celebratin his win. Never count your chickens before they hatch boy. Finxle to me dont have any poolitical savy at all. Afer listen to his brain trust I think they is in a sinkin ship. He dont know how to even answer the tough questions. These are tough times we is in. Need someone to steer this ship on the right course. Democrats messin things up in washington hartford and here. Angry taxpayers are a buildin up steam in this ole burg but finxle no good answer there.
Stan Wojnilo April 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM
Any independents throw their hats into the ring?
Ben J Mazzucco April 13, 2011 at 02:17 PM
I would be ashamed even to admit My Campaign was dirty. He knew it so why didn't he stop it. SMOKE AND SCREENS. Vintage J.F
The Count April 16, 2011 at 04:25 PM
As Simon & Garfunkel so well put it, "laugh about it, shout about it, when you have to choose/Anyway you look at it you lose."
Thomas Alegi April 17, 2011 at 02:47 AM
In the Patch video, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro forgot Mayor April Capone’s last name, watch the video and you will see this for yourself. It looks like Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro’s memory is starting to fail. The seniors at the East Haven Senior Center understand as people get older their memory starts to fail, that’s why no one shouted out the mayor’s last name, CAPONE, to the congresswoman. I hope the congresswoman remembers what she is voting on in Washington D.C. I would hope she uses 3x4 index cards to remember what to vote NO on, she sure wouldn’t want to get President Obama upset with her.


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