It is and always has been inevitable, but this year promises to be worse than usual. Any incumbent running for re-election usually has an advantage. The power of their office allows and offers them perks that they can use to benefit their campaign. This is especially true when that incumbent knows that they are on shaky ground.
Apparently Mayor Segarra is using the power of incumbency to his benefit.
According to City Hall sources, Segarra has recently hired the daughter of a Hartford State Representative to work in his office. According to other sources, the hiring came with a deal to shore up Segarra's support in the State Reps home district where both she and her husband are members of the Districts Democratic Town Committee.
The source also detailed the hiring of a female acquaintance (girlfriend) of a Councilperson for a City Hall position. I am awaiting their employment information pursuant to an FOI request to see what procedures were followed and whether it was a competitive process. Somehow I think I already know the answer.
It is a promising sign though that Segarra has to take steps like this , knowing that his endorsement is far from a done deal according to Democratic Town Committee members I have spoken with. Normally the incumbent is pretty much assured the nomination, apparently not in this case though.
I will continue to update the latest new hires in the Candy Store as election time gets closer, including the names and affiliations once the employment applications are received through FOI.