‘WRATH OF GOD’ FLOODING HAS STATE ON EDGE

At this point, one has to wonder whether we simply broke this planet. TV news in any given month is filled with horrific stories of earthquakes, hurricanes, massive snow storms and, closer to home, the worst floods in decades. The state, particularly the southeastern region, is getting hammered by torrential rain that has left residents evacuating their homes and travelers unable to use even the main highways because of flooding. Don’t even try the side roads or you will come upon missing bridges or trees across the roads (and they don’t magically get up and let you through as if you’ve bought a new car like on the ads).

As a person who will change the channel during local weather reports and despises newscasts headlined by storms that never actually develop, The Shad is paying attention now and wondering whether it’s just our turn for nasty weather or whether we won’t see an end.

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The latest on the state political scene (because there are so many developments there isn’t room on The Hanging Shad for all of them to have their own story):

  • Newington Mayor Jeff Wright has dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for governor (you’re forgiven if you didn’t know he was running) and is getting into the race for state treasurer. If he thinks he couldn’t beat Tom Foley, et al, for governor, does he really think he can beat popular Democratic incumbent Denise Nappier? Please.
  • Former and probably future presidential candidate Mitt Romney has endorsed Tom Foley for governor of Connecticut—probably over a nice cigar and cognac at the club. One wonders whether Foley would support a mandate for everyone to buy health insurance in Connecticut like the bill Romney signed as governor of Massachusetts.
  • Susan Bysiewicz, still trying to prove she is qualified to run for attorney general, will give videotaped testimony in the case today but wants to have her own videographer tape her being questioned by the Republican-hired attorney. Your guess is as good as mine.

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It seems to be part American Idol, part America’s Next Top Model and part search for an articulate spokesperson. It’s a contest being run by TV station MyTV9 (owned by New Haven-based WTNH) called MyTV9Star. The station is looking for a Connecticut native to represent the station and “be the face” of MyTV9.

Going after the job is Milford’s Heidi Voight. She is as close as there is to a household name in Connecticut when it comes to being a spokesman-type personality having scored the title of Miss Connecticut back in 2006. Having briefly worked with Heidi on a political campaign, The Shad quickly got past the cynical, stereotypical idea of a “beauty queen” (yes, The Shad is prone to that type of thinking) and thinks the MyTV9 competition is hers to win—or should be.

There are various parts of the competition including having a social networking fan page on Facebook. Heidi Voight Fan Page: The Face of MyTV9!, interviews and a spot on the show Connecticut Style. On the Mytv9star webage, there is a place to see the interviews of the nine finalists as well as a place to vote for your favorite. The duties of the eventual winner are largely undefined but Voight hopes it will lead to an on-air position. “I really hope this can be a stepping stone because I am very interested in on-air work,” Voight told The Shad last week. And she wouldn’t be just another pretty talking head. Her interest and knowledge of issues like veterans’ affairs is widely known. If there is any ceremony or event involving veterans or the armed forces, Voight is there (including events last night marking Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day). She also worked on the staff of the House Democrats in the state legislature and is a marathoner who will take on the streets of Boston next month.