Ken Krayeske reports from Hartford:
Assuming that Eddie Perez does not survive the remainder of his term, City Councilman Pedro Segarra will in all likelihood be the next mayor of Hartford, according to Councilmen Pedro Segarra, Ken Kennedy and Matt Ritter.
A resolution is circulating this afternoon for a special meeting to install Segarra as Council President, which is the position that ascends to the mayor’s seat should Perez resign, and thereby removing Perez ally Calixto Torres from the council presidency, Segarra said.
Will Perez serve the remainder of his term? It’s impossible to say right now. The Hartford city council does have the power to impeach the mayor, but as Krayeske points out it may take special permission from the legislature–where Perez does have allies.
Segarra has indication that if he becomes mayor, he wouldn’t run in a subsequent election.
Update 1/31, 11:00am: The Courant now has a story in which current council president Calixto Torres has vowed to stay in his position. Torres had originally agreed to step down. Interestingly, Torres’ statement came from the mayor’s spokeswoman.
Now it’ll come down to who has more votes.