Lamont celebrates with 'a Connecticut party'

Published on Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:25
Written by Charles Paullin


HARTFORD - After a day of ceremonies in the capital city for Ned Lamont’s swearing in and State of the State address, the inaugurated governor unveiled his dancing feet on the dance floor Wednesday night.

“We’re having a Connecticut party that’s going to celebrate our amazing state,” said Lamont in front of the hundreds in attendance for his inaugural ball at the Connecticut Convention Center.

He shared how some suggested to not have a party given the tough times the state is in, while others encouraged it. It was former Gov. Lowell Weicker, Lamont said, that told him when Lamont sought his advice, “…Well I support a Connecticut party.”

The event was emceed by actor Christopher Meloni, a resident of New Milford and reported friend of Lamont’s, who has starred in Law Order: Special Victims Unit and the movie “Wet Hot American Summer.” Meloni was joined by former TV reporter Jane Whitney.

Meloni “could’ve been lollygagging with Lady Gaga or something,” said Lamont.

The night also featured the band of Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s show “Morning Joe.”

“I love the way you said ‘We’re going to have an open door and we’re going to need a bigger table,’” said Scarborough to Lamont. “Thank you, governor, that’s the example not just for us here, but hopefully for some people in Washington, D.C.”

Scarborough was alongside his co-host and wife, Mika Brzezinski, a former WFSB and WTIC reporter. Brzezinski shared a story of interacting with Weicker during a performance at the Bushnell that started her involvement in Connecticut politics.

As Scarborough’s band played hits from “Proud Mary” to “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Uptown Funk,” attendees were able to peruse the venue in an open, casual format with several Connecticut-based restaurants, breweries and wineries present. Seating was not assigned, outside of two distinguished areas flanking the stage.

The night also featured state Sen. George Logan, R-Ansonia, who opened with an electric guitar playing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Lamont put the legislator among the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, who did such a thing during the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.

“I knew Jimi Hendrix,” quipped Lamont. “Jimi Hendrix was a friend of mine. And senator, you’re a kick-ass Jimi Hendrix.”

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Posted in New Britain Herald, General News, State on Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:25. Updated: Thursday, 10 January 2019 19:27.