HARTFORD -- They joke on the eve of Mark Ojakian's first meeting with the unions. He is off to meet the representatives of more than 45,000 state workers, many of whom had helped to push Dan Malloy into office in the first place. Now Malloy is management, and they are bound to clash.
"I rehearsed all night, as the snow was falling," Ojakian says wryly one day, as the advisers gather on chairs and couches in Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman's third-floor office. Outside, snow has indeed been falling since midnight and lies a few inches deep across the grassy grounds of the Capitol. The prospect of O.J. visiting SEBAC, the union coalition, brings "The Godfather" to mind.