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Keitazulu Likely To Drop Out After Convention

by Paul Bass | Jul 19, 2013 9:18 am

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Thomas MacMillan Photo Democratic mayoral candidate Sundiata Keitazulu said Thursday he probably won’t pursue a primary campaign if he fails to win the party’s endorsement at next Tuesday night’s convention.

Keitazulu, a Newhallville plumber and one of five Democrats seeking to succeed Mayor John DeStefano, is not expected to win that endorsement. He has yet to win the endorsements of any ward committees. Ward committee chairs cast the votes at next Tuesday’s convention to select the endorsed party candidate.

“If I don’t win the [endorsement], I might drop out,” Keitazulu said in a conversation Thursday.

He was asked the likelihood of that happening assuming he fails to win next Tuesday night’s endorsement. His response: “75-25” percent.

Keitazulu had been scheduled to address the Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning. The Chamber invited all five candidates to address the group at different times. Keitazulu did not show up for his scheduled 8:30 a.m. appearance.

He was asked a few hours later why he didn’t show.

“I have a job, Paul!” he responded. “It ain’t like I’m going to win this race.”

Another Democratic candidate, Henry Fernandez, did attend a Chamber of Commerce session Thursday —where, like Keitazulu, he said he doesn’t expect to get the Democratic convention’s endorsement, either. He said his campaign is ready to collect the approximately 2,500 petition signatures needed to put his name on the ballot in the Sept. 10 party primary.

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posted by: Threefifths on July 19, 2013  9:35am

If I don’t win the [endorsement], I might drop out,” Keitazulu said in a conversation Thursday.

He was asked the likelihood of that happening assuming he fails to win next Tuesday night’s endorsement. His response: “75-25” percent.

Keitazulu had been scheduled to address the Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning. The Chamber invited all five candidates to address the group at different times. Keitazulu did not show up for his scheduled 8:30 a.m. appearance.

He was asked a few hours later why he didn’t show.

“I have a job, Paul!” he responded. “It ain’t like I’m going to win this race.”

And this is voice of the people.Drop out he says.He should have never drop in the race.

posted by: robn on July 19, 2013  9:42am

SK said, “I have a job, Paul! It ain’t like I’m going to win this race.”

So true. Too bad the political process continues to be held captive by grad students, union interests and the old standby, machine politicians. All have time to burn unlike the rest of us.

posted by: HhE on July 19, 2013  9:56am

I belive his stratgic objective was to give a voice to certain issues in this city.  He has achived that objective.  Running, and now dropping out, is entirely aproprite to that mission.

posted by: westville man on July 19, 2013  10:11am

I would have agreed with HhE had I not witnessed the last debate.  His over-the-top, vicious assaults on Carolina, and untrue swipes at Elicker and Fernandez ruined the debate and showed another side of him.  He has been handled gently by the others though accomplishing nothing of note in his lifetime, save a stint in jail and naming his business “so as to confuse others to think that he’s Jake the Snake” and therefore take business from Jake.  I gladly say goodbye.

posted by: Threefifths on July 19, 2013  12:07pm

posted by: robn on July 19, 2013 9:42am

SK said, “I have a job, Paul! It ain’t like I’m going to win this race.”

So true. Too bad the political process continues to be held captive by grad students, union interests and the old standby, machine politicians. All have time to burn unlike the rest of us.

Who says unions have time to burn.They fight everyday for workers rights.How about the crooked bankers and hedgefunders who use they time to burn all of us.Also I bet he goes with harp.

posted by: Xavier on July 19, 2013  12:25pm

Sorry to hear that the Plumber Guy is dropping out of the race. He did bring a voice not heard from much to the table.

Prediction:

The Senator gets the endorsement, if she does not self immolate over her many liabilities, especially her sons, the infamous legacy of her deceased husband, and the company owned house.

One City Henry and Elicker will primary.

Primary, Harp will squeak out s win. (Not too sure about this prediction. Many of the Machine were with One City Henry’s kick off and he has the money and growing base (you can count all the Yalies too). 

Three-way in November general election, with, you guessed it, One City Henry, assuming his seat of power and glory.

Soon we wave good bye to the Plumber Guy. But never fear because New Haven has our best tool to achieve a rebirth, One City Henry.

One City Henry, political powerhouse, handsome, smart, little guy made it at Yale, scrappy, not so nice, testosterone filled, attracts men and women to give to his vision, and tough when needed.

One City Henry’s influence is so expansive, the sun never sets on him.

posted by: Anderson Scooper on July 19, 2013  12:48pm

Good. The guy was never a serious candidate, and his performance at the last debate was totally abhorrent.

posted by: Thomas Alfred Paine on July 19, 2013  2:01pm

I a democracy, every citizen eligible to run for a public office has the right to run. I admire and commend Mr. Sundiata Keitazulu for having the courage and conviction to partake of the democratic process even though many people felt he was not a serious contender. He claimed to represent the people of his neighborhood and expressed many interests and desires of New Haveners. Mr. Keitazulu has been blunt, down-to-earth, honest and sincere, and a purveyor of common sense. His focus has been on jobs and vocational education for our youth and others.
Although he ended his campaign on a peculiar note and made numerous accusations about several other candidates, Mr. Keitazulu did not deserve to be called a bad parent by his daughter’s high school principal who made public before all of New Haven something that should have remained private and confidential.

posted by: westville man on July 19, 2013  2:26pm

TAP-  Sure, everyone has the right to run, he proved that much. But you can slap somebody in the face just so many times before you get punched the mouth.  Carolina let it go as long as he could but Sundiata wouldn’t stop. Maybe next time he’ll think twice before slandering others in public.

posted by: stick21 on July 19, 2013  2:32pm

Okay Carolina is next to withdraw. He will surely endorse Justin Elicker.

posted by: Thomas Alfred Paine on July 19, 2013  3:15pm

Politics can be a tough and dirty game. This is unfortunate, but true. Politicians can slap and punch each other in the mouth all they want, I suppose. It is another issue altogether when candidates’ children are introduced into the fray and they slap a candidate’s child. When a candidate who is a professional educator reveals private and confidential information about his dealings with a student in his school and exposes a personal, private family matter to the public, betraying that young girl’s trust, that crosses a line that offends the public’s sense of decency. Unlike doctors, I guess the New Haven Board of Education employees don’t have HIPAA Privacy Rules.

posted by: wendy1 on July 19, 2013  3:20pm

Sundiata made the debates worth going to and HE is the most honest of them all—no political hackery here—I’m poor, I’m black, and I’m sick of being ignored.  The large population of poor, underemployed, and homeless people will most likely still be ignored after the election.  I urged Justin to partner up with Sundiata, a diamond in the rough, with really good ideas.  I don’t know if he is listening but I expect more of the status quo with the others.  Sundiata had the guts to fight with Yale Corp. over their responsibility to the city.  I wonder how all you nay-sayers will respond when your taxes get raised next year or two.

posted by: HhE on July 21, 2013  10:35am

Well said, westville man:  thank you for your critique of my critique.  His performance was a high level tactical mistake, which has profound operational level concequences.  This speaks to the need to have a well thought out exit, and to time that exit well.  The bad taste that he left in many people’s mouths will no doubt undermind his stratigic goal:  by cutting off donations, and by obscuring his message.

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