NORWALK, Conn. – In an ironic twist Wednesday, the mayor was thrown by a bull.
Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling was at Johnny Utah’s South Norwalk for Wednesday night’s SoNo Stroll benefit, riding the mechanical bull to raise money. Rilling said if they could get 20 people to donate $100 each, he’d ride the bull.
That’s a load of cash for a little bull.
They got 26 people to donate, meaning $2,600 for the Human Services Council.
Rilling rode one time, and it seemed tame enough. He was asked if he wanted to do it again, and this time they upped the difficulty a notch. Again, Rilling went buck-for-buck with the bull.
The third time, though, apparently lacked the charm. Rilling realized he had reached his bull limit and decided to dive off.
“They got their money’s worth,” he said.
And speaking of, well, politics…
Multiple people contacted NancyOnNorwalk on Wednesday to call our attention to a coincidence of sorts.
It was pointed out by the anonymous sources that Tuesday night’s public verbal attack on Rilling by Councilman David Watts (D-District A) coincided with an announcement that Rilling would attend a fundraiser Thursday for state Rep. Chris Perone (D-137). Watts defeated Perone at the recent Democratic caucus to become the endorsed Democratic candidate for the 137th seat. Perone has collected enough signatures to force a primary on Aug. 12.
The Facebook announcement for the Perone fundraiser at Fat Cat Pizza went up Tuesday. It lists Rilling as the special guest for the fundraiser.
Wednesday night, Watts called any correlation between the two things “nonsense.” He pointed out that Rilling attended a Watts fundraiser and donated $100. Rilling has not endorsed a candidate in the race. He’s not taking a position, Watts said.
Rilling, a Democrat, concurred, saying, “I attend Democratic fundraisers, and when I do I make a donation.”
Stepping up: New GOP candidate in 140th District
When the Norwalk Republican Town Committee nominated Congolese immigrant Roger Gisanga to run for the state Rep seat in the 140th District, it sent a buzz through the community. Gisanga, a newcomer, would challenge either four-term incumbent Bruce Morris or Democratic primary challenger and former at-large Common Councilman Warren Peña in the heavily Democratic district.
Only a few weeks later, Gisanga withdrew for personal reasons, sending the RTC scrambling. But, according to RTC Chairman Peter Torrano, the problem has been solved.
On Monday, RTC members in the 140th will be at the Norwalk Inn at 7:30 p.m. to nominate Harold Bonnet, the GOP’s District B chairman and last year’s candidate for treasurer of the Second District.
Bonnet was a big supporter of Gisanga’s candidacy.
Cleaning up: GOP plans to beautify Flax Hill Park
Members of the RTC’s District B are sponsoring and taking part in a clean-up of Flax Hill Park from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Volunteers from the RTC and their friends will be painting over graffiti on the basketball court, painting the guard rails surrounding the park, raking leaves and removing fallen branches.