Rep. Chris Caruso, D-Bridgeport, will be the last legislator to land a job in the executive branch before the door slams shut tomorrow on movement between the legislative and executive branches of government.

Caruso, who was a supporter of Dan Malloy in the pivotal city of Bridgeport, will be a special advisor to the governor on urban issues in the Department of Economic and Community Development. His post was announced after 5 p.m.

The appointment brings to nine the number of legislative vacancies, six of which are created by legislators quitting to go to work for the Malloy administration.

For fans of political irony, consider this: one of the beneficiaries of Caruso’s appointment could be Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, a supporter of Ned Lamont over Malloy in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. If Caruso is an executive branch employee, he is unlikely to oppose Finch for mayor.

Or is he?

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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