Today I write to publicly tip my cap to Denise Merrill, our Secretary of the State.
Mark Twain called Connecticut the State of Steady Habits, a nickname we have earned. The nickname captures how we bring our Puritanical past into our present by expressing the resistance to change that is in our DNA. It means that we divide ourselves into 169 city-states and even more school districts because … well, because that’s how we’ve always done it.
I first appreciated our adherence to our State of Steady Habits in 2009, around the same time I met the then-General Assembly Majority Leader Denise Merrill, as we competed against each other for the Democratic nomination to run for Secretary of the State. I was an outsider, …