AN INVESTIGATION INTO ELECTION PROBLEMS IS WARRANTED; JUST SPARE US THE RELL ‘BLUE RIBBON’ COMMISSION

It seems quite clear even by the most nonpartisan of observers, election night in Connecticut a week ago was chaotic, uneven, rife with irregularities, even a national embarrassment. An investigation into what happened is not only warranted but is crucial so that such a situation never happens again. However, it’s got to be done correctly.

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, who in The Shad’s opinion showed exceptional leadership in the face of mass confusion, has already put together a three-member panel to get to the bottom of what happened there. Good move. Much has been made by his political opponents that he lacked statutory authority to take control of the situation after the wheels came off. That’s exactly what leadership is all about. He certainly wasn’t precluded from doing what he did. If I lived in Bridgeport, I’m happy he’s there.

Republican state Party Chairman Chris Healy, who whether you disagree with him or not constantly shows he is effective in his job, wants the US attorney and the incoming secretary of state to investigate as well. Answers are needed for the public to maintain confidence in the process. Healy’s right on this one.

What the state doesn’t need is some sort of multiple-member, “blue ribbon” commission that Gov. Rill has become so famous for in her years in office. She is reportedly considering such a move. It will only duplicate the efforts of others. The outgoing governor should concentrate on cooperating with the incoming Malloy administration.

And while we’re at it, state Sen. Kevin Witkos should pipe down about investigating the use of the reverse-911 system in Bridgeport election night. Nowhere is it written that someone’s life has to be at stake to use the system. It’s for emergencies. What is more of an emergency situation than when the very bedrock of our democracy—voting—is at stake?