By Ken Krayeske • 10:30 AM EST
Happy Birthday Holly - Good job running in the New Haven Road Race earlier this year. And a half marathon, too in Hartford. My little sister Holly is the best - she is amazing the way she sets her goals and makes them. Hooray!
It's only taken a bit more than five years, but Gov. M. Jodi Rell called John Dankosky this morning and appeared on WNPR's "Where We Live" for 20 minutes.
This victory doesn't mean that the Governor actually fielded calls on the call-in show, and Dankosky wasn't as aggressive as I wanted him to be, but I understand he has to build a relationship, and trust.
I phoned in, hoping beyond hope that she would spend the full hour talking with citizens. But alas, the Bushian executive ethic still prevails. At least she's not Blagojevich, selling Senate seats or anything. She only hides Mustangs in her garage.
Dankosky aired my call. I congratulated him on landing the big fish, and said that it looks like journalism works. New Haven Advocate Managing Editor Andy Bromage has been putting pressure on her, and she appears. Second, Gov., if you're listening, next time, we'd love to have you stick around and answer some questions.
Dankosky told me I wasn't helping his case. Oh well.
I continued undeterred. Gov., show some real green leadership and move to Hartford for the remainder of your term and bicycle or walk to work. Dankosky prompted me for a thought on mass transit. Sure.
We have a track from New Haven to Hartford that serves Amtrak. Why the heck don't we use it for five or six commuter trains a day?
Guest Tom Condon of the Hartford Courant's Place section and Heather Brandon of the Urban Compass blog responded. They talked mass transit and being visionary about infrastructure. And they noted well before I got on the air that Gov. Rell only talked about highways, bridges and dams, and Dankosky had to ask her about mass transit.
Listen to the show, because it is good morning radio. And Dankosky never gets enough credit. Day in, day out, he's usually got winning fare on the air.
On the web, a quick tour gives us Andy Bromage again reporting from the Clean Election Campaigns trial down in New Haven. He's done daily work for both the first and second days of the two-day bench trial. The judge for my case, Stephan Underhill, presided, and I like the way he works from the bench, reading this.
Back to studying.