Mayor Joe Ganim’s campaign announced on Thursday that it has raised roughly $100,000 since winning the September 10 Democratic primary that is being challenged in Superior Court.
Ganim’s campaign has hosted two events since the end of the latest quarter fundraising period ending September 30, last week at the Stress Factory comedy club Downtown and Thursday night at Testo’s Restaurant, owned by Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa.
“It’s so exciting to see the positive response to our message,” said Ganim in a statement. “The voters of Bridgeport know that if they want lower taxes, improved safety in our neighborhoods, and to secure more money for education, voting for the Democrat is the way to ensure that.”
On September 10 State Senator Marilyn Moore waged a strong insurgent challenge, winning on the machines but losing via absentee ballots, something that Bridgeport Generation Now Votes, whose leadership supports Moore, is contesting before Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens who’s expected to issue a decision late next week after final arguments and submission of briefs.
The drawn-out legal process is disquieting for both the Ganim and Moore camps.
The court complaint is asking for a new Democratic primary. Meanwhile Ganim, as the certified primary winner, and Moore, who is waging a write-in candidacy because she lacks a ballot line, are pressing on to the scheduled November 5 general election with the specter of the court case hanging.
How will Judge Stevens rule? No one knows except the judge.
If he rules for the plaintiffs it will set off an appeal that would likely go straight to the Connecticut Supreme Court on an expedited basis with a potential delay in the general election for a whole bunch of candidates not party to the lawsuit.
If he dismisses the case it’s on to November 5.
By the way, electors have already voted by absentee ballot for the November election.
Yes, this is a long, strange trip.