It's the end of the first year in office for Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and the report card is in. To be honest, which I always am, it's kind of tepid. The Mayor says he's a listener and not a bully like former Mayor Eddie Perez was. That may be true, but after listening, action is required, action other than feel-good publicity stunts. He's done some good things, sure, but the city of Hartford needs more than an amiable figurehead. It needs dynamism, and needs it soon.
Segarra's answers to a reporter's questions were less than inspiring. There's a big upsurge in murders compared to last year, so what is Pedro's response? "We don't have a monopoly on crime. Hartford residents have been victims in other towns." Huh? He goes on: "It's part of city living, but people also live in cities because of the benefits of transportation, arts, culture, museums and parks." I wonder how many of those residents who are afraid to go out of their homes after dark go to the symphony, the art museums, local theater, or Broadway touring shows.
Unfortunately, I think Pedro is just one of a long line of Hartford politicians who know what to say and give poor people and minorities in order to stay in power. None of the so-called political leaders in Hartford would survive in a prosperous town. They don't have the skills and they certainly don't have a clue how to turn Hartford around.
I had the idea for today's cartoon while I was reading about his first year in office. Being the natural born smart-ass that I am, the name "Mayor Milquetoast" came to me in a flash. Overall, I think Segarra's living in a fantasy dream world kind of like the boy who could fly and never grew up. Maybe my next cartoon will show him as Pedro Pan.
Check out the great interview Jim Altman of FoxCT did with me. Go over to "Read more..." under my caricature, click on it and when the page comes up, scroll down the left side to a tour of my home studio and under that, the interview. Enjoy!Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun