Bradley Pitches Reelection And A Punch To Go The Distance

Winning is relative in boxing and politics. Rocky Balboa just wanted to go the distance with Apollo Creed. For Balboa that’s all he needed for a psychological win.

State Senator Dennis Bradley who faces the fight of his life both in the court of public appeal and, more determinant, before a jury of his peers down the road battles party-endorsed Herron Gaston in the August 9 Democratic primary.

A tag line in Bradley’s mail piece proclaims “Gong The Distance For Bridgeport & Stratford,” the community mix that makes up Connecticut’s 23rd Senate District.

Bradley features a boutique flourish to his public persona, a mantra framing himself the people’s senator, the people’s fighter, the people’s champion.

It’s been a consistent clarion call since he was elected to the state legislature in 2018. Two weeks from the primary Bradley’s trying to make the case for another two-year term, with a federal trial for alleged connivance of Connecticut’s public finance program looming.

He’s hoping district Democrats give him the benefit of the doubt with his trial delayed indefinitely due to an evidentiary battle between his defense team and federal prosecutors playing out in court.

Though many party regulars gravitated to Gaston with Bradley in limbo, the incumbent still enjoys political support from operatives who know their way around neighborhoods.

Conventional wisdom likely has Bradley the underdog and perhaps that’s just the way he wants it. There’s nothing conventional about this race and Bradley’s future that has taken so many twists and turns to cause motion sickness.

Turnout in this primary is expected to be low, perhaps 10-15 percent with possibly just 3,000 votes carrying the day among tens of thousands of eligible voters.

This primary will come down to persuasion, organization, dragging people out of their homes and, perhaps most decisive, winning the absentee ballot war.

Does Bradley have a puncher’s chance? The gloves are on.



  1. It’s unwise to position yourself as a fighter when your opponent is a church leader.
    And it’s even worse when you’re a lawyer facing court challenges. His pose says I’m a bully.
    Bradley is escalating a situation that needs to needs to be de-escalated — all to his detriment.

  2. Joel, didn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle, to this point.

    Joel Gonzalez says:
    July 25, 2022 at 3:01 am
    Hey Robert, I found a YouTube video of a long interview of Rev. Gaston. I tried linking it here but no luck. I put it up on my Facebook page and tagged Lennie. It’s very informative: Gaston spent 10 months locked up and the bond was near $1 million. It left me wondering how is it possible that Maria Pereira wasn’t sure of the details. I will text you Lennie Grimaldi’s home address so that you can picket on his driveway until he publishes the Reverend Gaston YouTube Interview.

    Apparently, Rev. Gaston wrote a book about the ordeal called, The Darkest Nights An Incarceration Memoir, From Jail to Yale. Even went on TED TV.

    Maria’s research ability that she proclaims leaves me without a doubt in my mind she was never telling everything she knew. Even her nutty endorsement of a sleazy, unethical corrupt person, here words. I sand my assumption though, that Maria loves to fight, and she can care less about Ortiz. Her endorsement was of Bradley beyond nutty. It was just a lingering native statement of Rev Gaston. IOM

    As for Bradley’s mail flier, he’s a fighter because that is the situation he has found himself in, Thanks to Maria who just endorsed him. Well, she did get help. So unnecessary. on many levels. smh

    P.S no need for Lennie’s address I just got off moderation and don’t want to upset our host. 🙂

  3. P.S To be fair, the funny thing about truth, is it’s based on one’s factually understanding of something. I am sure it was the darkest nights however it wasn’t from jail to Yale, More like Yale, to Jail, back to Yale. To Maria’s point, we don’t know what really happens in his exoneration, as for truth it always appears to them based on their level of understanding. I will not put this whole thing passed a scene out of the Godfather. JS

  4. Final thought, Rev, Gaston has a point on how words can stick with kids. True story, when I was a kid someone told me I was a Genius, even though I couldn’t read, and was visually impaired /blind as bat, to nonverbal cues.

    So can imagine to my surprise when my genius’ mind thought it was a grand idea to learn how to read and first saw some visible light, very, very, very very late in life. I realized I was far from a genius but walked a borderline of retardishness🤣

  5. The way Jason Bartlett presents Dennis in mail vs. the way I presented Dennis two years ago in mail (which won an award) is VASTLY different. 2018 primary mail was a collaboration.

    The way Jason presents Dennis just makes me smile

    1. If I had a dollar for every ‘prison picture’ I have received from friends with that same pose Bradley is in… Lennie didn’t mention that the color of boxing shorts Dennis is wearing is called Black and white jail-stripes.


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