Cromwell: Shingleton Bows Out, Headed for Harvard

Democrat Jeremy Shingleton, Cromwell’s controversial first selectman, has decided not to run for re-election this fall. Instead, he’s headed for the Kennedy school of government!

Shingleton, a Democrat who was elected in 2007, said that he plans to attend Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government part time starting in September and that Francis Monnes, deputy first selectman, will fill in for him when he’s not available at town hall.
“It’ll be a good chance to move onward and upward,” he said. “They play very dirty in Cromwell.” (Polanco)

Shingleton’s tenure has been marked with odd incidents, such as trying to dismiss a popular police chief and calling for an investigation of the Middletown Press’s coverage of his administration.

Shingleton began signaling his disinterest in running on Friday with a one-sentence email to the Cromwell DTC saying he didn’t want their endorsement. The DTC had adopted a no-confidence resolution against Shingleton earlier in the week. However, he didn’t make his plans clear until yesterday.

Attorney John Flanders is the likely Democratic nominee for first selectman. Mertie Terry, the widow of a former first selectman, is considering the GOP nomination.

Polanco, Monica. “Cromwell First Selectman Shingleton Won’t Run For Re-Election, Plans To Attend Harvard.” Hartford Courant 16 June, 2009.


2 responses to “Cromwell: Shingleton Bows Out, Headed for Harvard

  1. Just when you think that government bureaucracy cannot get any worse, here comes Jeremy.

    Harvard can only be interested in this kid for the same reason that you can make money off a stock picker who is wrong 100% of the time.

    Do they offer a major in Self-Centered Stupidity?

  2. Harvard is where he should have gone first. That school will properly prepare eggheads and sissies for government service.

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