HARTFORD - After a day of ceremonies in the capital city for Ned Lamontâs swearing in and State of the State address, the inaugurated governor unveiled his dancing feet on the dance floor Wednesday night.
âWeâre having a Connecticut party thatâs going to celebrate our amazing state,â said Lamont in front of the hundreds in attendance for his inaugural ball at the Connecticut Convention Center.
He shared how some suggested to not have a party given the tough times the state is in, while others encouraged it. It was former Gov. Lowell Weicker, Lamont said, that told him when Lamont sought his advice, ââŠWell I support a Connecticut party.â
The event was emceed by actor Christopher Meloni, a resident of New Milford and reported friend of Lamontâs, who has starred in Law Order: Special Victims Unit and the movie âWet Hot American Summer.â Meloni was joined by former TV reporter Jane Whitney.
Meloni âcouldâve been lollygagging with Lady Gaga or something,â said Lamont.
The night also featured the band of Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBCâs show âMorning Joe.â
âI love the way you said âWeâre going to have an open door and weâre going to need a bigger table,ââ said Scarborough to Lamont. âThank you, governor, thatâs the example not just for us here, but hopefully for some people in Washington, D.C.â
Scarborough was alongside his co-host and wife, Mika Brzezinski, a former WFSB and WTIC reporter. Brzezinski shared a story of interacting with Weicker during a performance at the Bushnell that started her involvement in Connecticut politics.
As Scarboroughâs band played hits from âProud Maryâ to âBrown Eyed Girlâ and âUptown Funk,â attendees were able to peruse the venue in an open, casual format with several Connecticut-based restaurants, breweries and wineries present. Seating was not assigned, outside of two distinguished areas flanking the stage.
The night also featured state Sen. George Logan, R-Ansonia, who opened with an electric guitar playing of the âStar Spangled Banner.â Lamont put the legislator among the ranks of Jimi Hendrix, who did such a thing during the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.
âI knew Jimi Hendrix,â quipped Lamont. âJimi Hendrix was a friend of mine. And senator, youâre a kick-ass Jimi Hendrix.â
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