I'm sure that some of us thought this day would never come - Election Day 2006. This has been one of the most contentious, drawn-out, over-the-top political seasons that I think I have ever seen and I swear if I had saved up all of the fliers that presented themselves in my mailbox over the past few months and a fireplace, I could have cut down on my winter heating costs significantly!
I made sure to go to the polls on my way to work this morning just in case I got held over for one reason or another and couldn't get there before the polls closed. As I walked into the American Legion on Laurel Hill Avenue (my designated polling spot) the thought ran through my head that the vote of the guy who nicely held the door open for me might very well cancel out my vote but it's my civic duty and honor to participate in the voting process and I would never think of not voting. Too many people have died in too many wars for me to take my rights and freedoms lightly. Besides, I have been put through months of torture with this political campaign - along with everyone else who owns a radio or TV or reads the newspapers - and I earned that right to vote by having to listen to the candidates throw insults and accusations at each other while claiming that everything that is wrong with the world could be solved if we'd just elect them to office!
From a check of the Norwich Bulletin.com Election 2006 results page, it appears that Norwich has once again managed to have a really lousy voter turn-out while other towns like Killingly, Montville, Canterbury, and Colchester had a record number of voters hit the polls. Sadly, Norwich seems to suffer from antipathy every single election and I've never quite figured out why. It's kind of embarrassing actually.
So far one of my choices has been declared a victor and that's Governor M. Jodi Rell in the race for governor against John DeStefano. Despite the Q-tip haircut, I think that she has done a fine job in office and felt that she really deserved her own term in the office that she took over when former Governor John Rowland proved to be such a big disappointment and crook. I'm sure she'll do good things for the State of Connecticut and there will never be a question of a scandal.
I'm still holding my breath on two other races - the one between Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont for the Senate and the Congressional race between Rob Simmons and Joe Courtney. Connecticut has the chance to make political semi-history in the case of the Senate race and anyone who has read any of my previous blog entries and knows that I am a strong supporter of bipartisan politics can probably guess where my vote went in that one! The numbers are close right now and I'd cross my fingers but it's kind of hard to type like that!
By tomorrow morning when I get up to go to work, it will all be over except for the Wednesday morning quarterbacking and all I can say is: