Bill Finch may have flicked Joe Ganim the bird with his reappointment of Police Chief Joe Gaudett, but voters flipped Finch the ultimate bird when they fired him after two terms in office. Ganim campaign supporters have engraved “Bye Bye Birdie” pens, as a fitting tribute to the Bird Man’s mayoral grave. Ganim takes office 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Ganim made history in his against-the-odds comeback. But Finch made history too, becoming the first incumbent mayor in Bridgeport history to lose office in a primary. Quite the credential. Voters plucked Finch’s pettiness, preachiness, promises and flighty pomposity. Or maybe he did it to himself, right, from the beginning to the end. Yes, “Bridgeport Is Getting Better Every Day.”
Finch said the other day in working with Ganim that he does not associate with known felons. Gee, a majority of voters saw it in reverse. As one voter summed up on primary day “I’d rather vote for the effective felon than the ineffective liar.”