Campaign Briefing: Handicapping The Mayoral Primary

August 1, six weeks from the September 13 Democratic primary and three candidates remain, incumbent Mayor Bill Finch, University of Bridgeport executive Mary-Jane Foster, co-founder of the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team, and John Gomes, who served for two years as Finch’s deputy chief administrative officer. Last week perennial candidate Charlie Coviello dropped out to support Foster.

Bill Finch
Bill Finch has loads of dough for his reelection campaign.

All three campaign operations are in full swing. Finch has begun to spend his hefty campaign account on mailings while the Foster and Gomes challenger operations are out in force hustling the more than 2000 certified signatures required to win ballot approval. Petitions must be turned in to local election officials by August 10 when the process begins to review and authorize signatures from five percent of registered Dems for ballot qualification.

Finch operatives say they feel good about the mayor’s reelection chances. He’s a well-known incumbent with buckets of moolah, more than $200k on hand, to unload in the stretch run, with two opponents carving up the anti-vote. Campaign handlers have the mayor on an ubiquitous mission: be seen everywhere and often, ribbon cuttings, playgrounds, parks, senior centers. If the mayor’s starting to morph into Dick Blumenthal that’s because it’s maximum exposure time. Only three people at the event? No problem, we could make three friends. The campaign operation is already weeks into identifying Finch voters through phone banks. Let’s identify our friends and rip them out September 13. Finch has the backing of the majority of the 90-member Democratic Town Committee, many of whom rely on the mayor’s reelection for job security.

Finch voter ID and polling will keep a close watch in the coming weeks if opponents are coming too close for comfort. You’ll know that’s happening if/when they unleash contrasting opponent attacks.

Mary-Jane Foster
Mary-Jane Foster has emerged as Finch's closest rival.

Foster campaign operatives say they are feeling pretty good as well. They know knocking off a well-financed incumbent is an ambitious effort, but they see a campaign infrastructure building that did not exist four weeks ago. Foster runs closest to Finch in OIB polling. The campaign has raised roughly $150k but will need at least $50k more to remain in play. In 2007, Finch outspent challenger State Rep. Chris Caruso two to one and won by just 270 votes.

The Foster campaign has spent the past few weeks trying to leverage public education as a key issue, in light of the mayor and Board of Education calling in the state to run the schools. Foster says blowtorching the BOE is not the way to go–as the state has opted–bringing in a special master as the state has done with the town of Windham, she says, is the prudent option. Foster is running a slate of school board candidates irrespective of party regulars not endorsing their own candidates. What if the court overturns the decision to evaporate the BOE? A court hearing is scheduled for next week.

Campaign operatives–with the candidate the face of the effort–drive these elections. Foster Campaign Manager Jason Bartlett has stitched together a full city-wide slate of old hands with some new faces for city clerk, town clerk, Board of Education and city sheriff positions. Some Finch fans are snickering at some of the ticket choices, some of whom had been Finch supporters. How can Foster say she’s different when supported by old party hands? they ask. Caruso, the party outsider, faced this in 2007 when he lost a close primary to Finch, largely because of myopic messaging focused on corruption.

Former City Council member Alberto “Tito” Ayala has joined Team Foster as a candidate for town clerk challenging incumbent Alma Maya whose independent streak had some party regulars looking to replace her at the endorsement session last week. Tito knows campaign life. Can he turn on a fastball like the old days? Several Tito family members are hardworking campaigners in the heavily Latino East Side where Foster must be competitive to have any chance.

There’s no perfection to campaign infrastructure building.  Bodies are required to field workers and build neighborhood coalitions to turn out a vote. The more workers the better. In the end what counts is how the campaign communicates with voters. Taxes and jobs, according to OIB polling, are still the biggest issues. Foster entered this race on her job-creating credentials of inspiring the development of the ballpark and arena at Harbor Yard. The Foster campaign must do a better job explaining to voters where she wants to take the city development-wise. This is her key to connecting with voters about why they should vote for change.

John Gomes
John Gomes trails in money and polls. Can he shake up the race?

John Gomes has been asking voters to make change for more than a year. He was the first to enter the mayoral sweepstakes after a falling-out with the mayor led to his dismissal as chief of the government reform CitiStat program. Gomes says the genesis of the disagreement was Finch’s protection of the political sacred cows. Gomes says he was conveniently let go after he had a run-in with a city cop at a Cape Verdean social club. Gomes owns the Red Rooster deli off North Avenue, has a corporate marketing background, speaks six languages and is not part of the political establishment. He’s now trying to frame himself as the real face of reform in the race.

Gomes is money challenged and his messaging has been unique in the modern campaign world that saw the election of America’s first black president in 2008. Gomes has been saying, “Let’s make history” and in survey phone calls to voters suggests electing the first black mayor in the city’s history should be something that matters. Can you imagine had Obama said “vote for me, I’m black?”

In recent weeks Gomes appears more content attacking Foster in his press releases than going after Finch. Is his goal to finish second?

That cheer you just heard came from Finch operatives. “That a way, John! Keep attacking Foster!” Finch supporters, understandably, want Gomes to remain in the race, splitting up the anti-vote, especially if Gomes does their bidding. If I were the Finch forces I’d finance Gomes’ race.

So with six weeks to go Finch is still in good position, Foster’s still in play and something dramatic would need to occur for Gomes’ candidacy to rise up.



    1. Off topic,
      I am blessed with very many friends in a very diverse community. I have been informed by someone in the Advertising association the “Anybody but Finch” billboard was paid for by Curcio. He supported Coviello, Charlie joined Foster’s camp. Money goes to money.

          1. Follow the Money,
            Finch is not connected, neither is Mario. As far as breaking my legs, better take a number. They are still looking for the bodies of those who went before you.
            love, A.T.

          2. Dear Auntie Testy,
            Mario is the Political Godfather of the Pasta Nostra of Bridgeport. He likes it Al Dente. Finch is a wet noodle and is being played like a violin in the Greenwood Estates somebody connected wants to turn into a cemetery. Good luck to you and the sly one in getting your signatures.

          1. No Anti, I’m questioning your accuracy. So what evidence do you have Curcio is behind the billboard? If it’s true it’s a story, if not you’re spreading BS to soil Foster on behalf of your candidate John Gomes.

          2. When in doubt make up a story about gangsters. That’s a good one, Antitesto. Got any funny stories about cripples and hunchbacks?

    1. BPT Kid,
      Quasimodo died and Notre Dame interviewed replacements. One of the candidates was Quasimodo’s twin brother. He would routinely ring the bell by smashing his face into the bell. One day he missed and plummeted to his death. The police arrived and asked can anyone identify the body. Someone said I don’t know his name but he is a dead ringer for his brother.

      1. FtM–the “money” wasn’t a reference to you; I meant campaign money. My intelligence network is really very solid. I have friends in all camps plus I make it a habit to speak to people on the street. John Gomes is a stronger contender than MJF/OIB acknowledge.

  1. Gomes has beat that race drum for a while now, stating vote for me I am black is bullshit. He should be saying vote for me, here is my platform.
    Yesterday’s interview of the candidates in the CT Post shows the weakness of Gomes. He really said nothing other than vote for me and once I am mayor things will change. What things will change?
    Mr. Gomes, I have a question. Would you be running for mayor if you were still in charge of CitiStat?
    I think the time is approaching when this city will have a black or Hispanic mayor and that is not a bad thing.
    I believe any candidate for mayor should be qualified at the time of election to take over running this city. Look what we got when Finch was elected almost four years ago.
    Mr. Gomes, I firmly believe you are on track to one day be mayor of this great city but you need more governmental experience. You can get that by working with MJF as CitiStat director or as a prime mayoral CEO or CAO.
    Mr. Gomes, coming in second or third is like coming in last. Think about it.

    1. I’ve been campaigning for the last few days and I can tell you most people know John Gomes and like him. It’s safe to say 3 out of 4 are voting for John in my Distinct 130.

          1. And the Oscar for the worst performance by a politician on Brewster Street goes to Al from Black Rock! I signed yours.

      1. There must be some clouds lingering over Black Rock from the the Vibes. “Its safe to say that 3 out of 4 are voting for John.” This is beyond preposterous. This is simply an outright lie. Please, give it up now and quit embarrassing yourselves.

    2. tc,
      Gomes isn’t playing the race card any more than MJF’s whorishly introducing “African American” support from Moore/Sen. Gomes.

      Let’s take a step back here, Gomes had two years in City Hall evaluating City operations. MJF’s husband was the power behind the Bluefish. Was Mary-Jane involved in the operations end of any of it? Gomes already is experienced in city operations. MJF–claiming to be more qualified is preposterous. I respect Foster’s commitment to the community of BPT, but her credentials are far behind Gomes’ qualifications. Foster would be wise to fold her tent and join Gomes’ camp. His community support is very underestimated. She’d be an excellent CEO or CAO, but not Mayor.

      1. Where is the beef???
        If John Gomes is playing the know-it-all former Deputy CAO, where is his platform, besides getting rid of city cars?
        If he is so qualified he should be issuing policy statements left and right but he isn’t. No substance. Empty suit.

        1. Grin,
          I admire your commitment to MJF. Objectively Gomes has superior experience to Foster. Gomes was in charge of CitiStat for two years. That involved studying various City departments to cut the fat. His recommendations threatened politically connected parasites so he became a threat to the Machine. He had to be removed. Many of you view his campaign as vengeance, I view it as a man of honor returning to do a job he wants to complete.

      2. Anti, you are 100% wrong. To keep calling for a black mayor is What. That’s whorishly. Gomes spent 2 years in CitiStat; so far we have not heard what he learned and what was broken. Anti you have your positions crossed. To answer another of your questions, yes she was involved in the day-to-day operations of the Bluefish.
        Anti of course you view Gomes as a man returning to finish the job he never got off the ground. BTW are you on the Gomes slate?

        1. tc, L&R,
          Drew, I am absolutely color blind. I didn’t vote for Obama because of the color of his skin, but it was because of his message. This race is no different. You have the nerve to accuse Gomes of playing the race card when MJF played it twice? I am above playing the Aryan ticket, support me due to the fact I’m white like you? Politics is all about the message. Gomes has reached out to all communities. Black, White, Brown, Yellow, Mexican, Hispanic, Caribbean; the fabric of our city. We are the necessary change. Foster realizes we all need to consolidate forces to beat Finch. Foster had better join forces with Gomes, not the reverse scenario.

          1. Anti testo what are you smoking? When people from his camp and Gomes personally call for Bridgeport having the first black mayor what do you call that? I call it pandering to the black community. Obama did NOT do that, he had plans and was an exciting speaker. Gomes has no platform.
            MJF gets to black supporters and you compare that to what Gomes is saying? How lame and desperate can you get?
            BTW what polls are you reading that show MJF behind Gomes? In fact the opposite is true and Gomes is losing ground. Come on, wake up and smell the coffee.

      3. No. Just the opposite. Gomes has a passion to turn this city around by eliminating more than 40 years of goombah calamarian control that has virtually driven us downward to the depths of desperation in which we live right now. He is right. We cannot go any further under the cheap-shoe influence of Mario Testa and Paul Timpanelli.

        That is why I fervently support the notion the job of Mayor AT THIS TIME is to (1) restore the city to efficient operations with fairness and equanimity established. The present-day goons appointed to positions of authority who have decimated our payroll of some truly qualified hard0working individuals must be shown the gate. (2) We must also, SIMULTANEOUSLY begin a concerted effort every day to attract business into the community. Jobs. We need jobs. We cannot recover without jobs. (3) & (4) pertain to public safety and the education of our children.

        Accordingly, the job is too big initially for any one person to come in and expect to achieve immediate results. But immediate results are absolutely essential to our restoration; our badly needed renaissance, our “new beginning.”

        I have every confidence in MJF to come in and begin a meaningful program of real commercial development without the mantra of “pay to play.” She has the temperament to achieve such a lofty goal, but more importantly, she has the intellectual capacity and the actual experience. We couldn’t have a better choice and have a choice like this in my memory.

        Gomes on the other hand is an enigma. I think he would walk into city hall on day one with a big broom and start a campaign of ridding us of these worthless obstacles we have endured for so long. He knows where the skeletons are hidden and he knows how to make these necessary things happen.

        Both aspects of municipal management are vitally important to the quick and lasting restoration of Bridgeport to prosperity and prominence.

        Again, the job is too big for any one person to attack and succeed at the onset. That’s why I strongly urge John Gomes to approach MJF with his support pledging the support of all those who think well of him. MJF must put him into the highest position of trust in her administration granting him high levels of responsibility with the authority to do the job as it must be done.

        If our charter provided for such a combination I would vote “THE PACKAGE” and I think every one of you out there who wants the calamarians out would vote the same way.

  2. GOMES. It is time to face the facts.

    You can’t possibly win this primary election.

    We understand you are committed to restore Bridgeport to prosperity from years of lost prominence.

    You can do that by withdrawing from this election and pledging your support to MJF.

    We, the people who are going to vote want “the package” which is MJF as mayor and you in the highest position of real responsibility and authority within her administration.

    Keith Rodgerson caused us to have Finch because he refused to see the benefit of giving Caruso his independent slot on the general election ballot. If you remain in the primary race, you will drain precious votes from MJF which will ensure a Finch, and therefore, calamarian win.

    Mr. Gomes. These are very serious times. Times for serious people to make difficult decisions. Never before has it been so vitally important the current political structure be unceremoniously shown the gate. Our well being of the entire community will be affected by the outcome of this election. Search deeply into your soul for guidance. It is important … critically important.

    1. AMEN.
      And to those who don’t believe, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE QUALIFIED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE POLL WATCHERS because Finch’s people will try to steal the election like they did four years ago. I worked for Caruso’s campaign and stood in the rain at Hooker School and was there when the “new technology” of voting machines broke down. 82 ballots were put aside as the machine couldn’t count due to the humidity. And … no one protected those 82 ballots. When a new machine was brought in those 82 ballots were 41 Finch and 41 to Caruso. That’s nearly a statistical impossibility!!!
      WATCH THEM BECAUSE … It’s not the people who vote who have the power, it’s the people who count the vote who have the power …

  3. (NOTE: Thank you Aaron Sorkin for the paraphrasing, feel free to substitute John G. for Bill Finch in any sentence.)

    For the last couple of months, Bill Finch has suggested being Mayor of this City was, to a certain extent, about character. And although I’ve not been willing to engage in attacks on me, I have been in this City more than 20 years and I can tell you without hesitation: Being Mayor of this City is entirely about character.

    For the record, yes, I am a card-carrying member of the ACLU, but the more important question is “Why aren’t you, Bill?” Now this is an organization whose sole purpose is to defend the Bill of Rights, so it naturally begs the question, why would a Mayor, his party’s most powerful spokesman and a candidate for Mayor, choose to reject upholding the constitution? Now if you can answer that question, folks, then you’re smarter than I am, because I didn’t understand it until a few hours ago.

    America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve gotta want it bad, ’cause it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to stand up to the majority party and voicing a different opinion. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms.

    Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.

    I’ve known Bill Finch for years. And I’ve been operating under the assumption that the reason Bill devotes so much time and energy to shouting at the rain was that he simply didn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. Bill’s problem isn’t that he doesn’t get it. Bill’s problem is that he can’t sell it!

    We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you Bill Finch is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things, and two things only: making you afraid of it, and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. You gather a group of middle age, middle class, middle income voters who remember with longing an easier time, and you talk to them about family, and American values and character, … and you scream that a minority party’s Board of Education members are making the school board dysfunctional, ruining their city and schools and then you scream you have lost control. You tell them they are to blame for their lot in life. And you go on television and you call them apathetic, illegal aliens and felons.

    They have done nothing to you, Bill. They have done nothing but involve themselves in their community and fight for education and schools, and represent the interests of public school teachers. You want a character debate, Bill? You better stick with me, ’cause the people of Bridgeport are way out of your league.

    Then he says a duly elected board no longer exists. I’m throwing it out. I’m throwing it out and bringing in big brother state who has no money but will take over because the good people of Bridgeport can’t handle it. I consider that a threat to the civil rights of every man woman and child in Bridgeport, and I will go door to door if I have to, but I’m gonna convince Bridgeport that I’m right, and I’m gonna get their rights back.

    We’ve got serious problems, and we need serious people. And if you want to talk about character, Bill, you’d better come at me with more than Robert’s Rules of order and an apathetic electorate. If you want to talk about character and American values, fine. Just tell me where and when, and I’ll show up. This a time for serious people, Bill, and your fifteen minutes are up.” And it is time to vote for Mary-Jane Foster to care for and believe in the people of Bridgeport.

    MJ feel free to use it, but give credit to “Andrew Shepard.” 😉

          1. Right on, tc. MJF will out-poll Finch in Black Rock, in spite of the DTC ward heelers’ best efforts.

  4. I like Gomes but it seems he is taking this too personally. He might very well be on or getting on Finch’s payroll in exchange for another job? Who knows?

    1. Gomes is on no one’s payroll. He is an intelligent, highly educated, successful businessman in his own right. He does not need to be on anyone’s payroll, which is what seems to bother a lot of people. They don’t know how to deal with someone who is not on the take.

  5. It may still be Finch’s election but he gave his opponents their issue on the Board of Education. His explanation of the state takeover has been messy, you might say lousy. The dysfunction issue is bogus. Finch had the votes. You all know that. From the stuff released, you can infer he didn’t want to deal with the Working Families Party. I guess he is afraid of calling them left-wing nut-jobs. I mean, he could be honest.

    Logically, the reason for a state takeover is lack of funding. I don’t think the mayor wants to say that because it means admitting the city is broke. No mayor wants to be running for election saying the city is broke. But the state ain’t going to come cheap. The city will pay for this. The state may rip up some organizational hierarchy, contracts and work rules. Perhaps that is good enough for the mayor: get somebody else to do that dirty work.

    Where are the party factions? They are hidden. That vote by acclamation was a good stroke. It makes everything look lovey-dovey for the mayor, when it isn’t. Only Mario, maybe, knows for sure who is really supporting the mayor. I’ll bet Foster knows who is not supporting the mayor. Foster and Gomes getting together would be a nice newspaper story, but Foster has the bucks and volunteers. Gomes would be a wartime marriage. Thirty days of, maybe, happiness–and misery for the rest of your life. If the Foster people set this up right, and all right, politicians rarely do, her camp should roll over Gomes and push up to Finch’s door.

    OIB polling is rather broad. We are not getting the Cadillac polls the pols get. But it is clear enough Mayor Finch is not beloved. Most mayors aren’t. The mayor hangs around polling numbers I believe are acceptable–unless an opponent breaks through. There is a key in this Board of Education issue someplace. I do not know where that key is. I don’t think the mayor gets credit with voters for calling in the state on the education issue.

  6. The Keys are: Jobs/economic development, education and taxes. Let’s look at the record:
    Mary-Jane Foster–has created thousands of jobs, really. Not just with the Bluefish and through her visionary role in the arena, but with restaurants, image building and increased traffic to the merchants in Bridgeport. People from all over who would have never come to Bridgeport, came to Bridgeport to watch the Bluefish and they kept coming back to go to restaurants, plays and area attractions. She has proven she can bring in big players. Education–she has served on many boards and commissions like Teach for America and Success to 6, has a career in Higher Education at Univ. of Bridgeport and as to property taxes, if you take off development and make the education better you increase the tax base and keep taxes from rising without cutting jobs and services. Now let’s look at Finch. What major developments has he brought in? … nothing but crickets chirping at Steel Point, no waterfront progress and no manufacturing. On education, he screamed “run away!!!” with his hair on fire, insulting the people of Bridgeport while whining it’s not my fault. Now let’s look at property taxes. He outright lied knowing he could not get people a homestead exemption passed in the legislature, let alone the city being able to afford it; thus he never intended to give the people of Bridgeport an average $600 tax break. If he was so sincere then why didn’t he submit or support legislation that would have allowed for a tax exemption? Answer: because he thought he could lie for votes and make more excuses. So now he will lie, cheat and steal to make people believe he cares about lowering property taxes. Along with education and jobs, how much more can you throw under the bus to create a false sense of tax security? As to Gomes, I have no idea where he stands on anything; he has been on the defensive ever since he started running. You can’t win with a one-note platform of corruption.

    1. Gomes has a one-note platform of corruption? That just goes to show how out of touch you really are. More than a year ago he made education the focus of his campaign, hence his attendance at virtually every board meeting well before it was politically expedient to do so. He has reached out both in person and over the phone with voters to answer questions about where he stands on issues.

      I realize controlling the message is important in a campaign and you have all done a mighty good job of it here on OIB, but the vast majority of Gomes supporters do not read this drivel. However even here there are a fair number of Gomes supporters. That fact shoots some holes in your theory MJ’s way ahead of him.

      I’d better stop making sense before Lennie revokes my posting privileges.

  7. Mary-Jane,
    You went from creating 140 jobs to thousands? Please, let’s get serious. You have many supporters here at OIB, but citywide you are very weak. Gomes has a network that has been working for the past year building a substantial grassroots campaign that you need to win. Gomes should not join your camp, you should join his. If BPT is to remove Finch from office, you need to check YOUR ego at the door. Please get off your high horse and do what is best for Bridgeport.

    1. Anti testo, please stop with these erroneous posts. MJF did not post the numbers on the earlier post about jobs and you know that.
      Anti you have no valid way to know MJF is very weak citywide, the fact of the matter is she is getting stronger every day. Please with the grassroots campaign, that’s another Gomes myth.
      I suggest Gomes joins MJF or be prepared for a life at the Deli full time.

      1. tc,
        I would be more than happy to check OIB archives to find her statement as to the number of jobs she “created.” Drop your bias for one day. Actually walk around and talk to strangers in public. Gomes has more recognition than Foster. tc, I can’t make this stuff up.

        1. You can’t but you do. I am also beginning to believe you are posting here under multiple names. Go find where that is written as to the number of jobs. It would be the first right thing you have posted today.

  8. anti-testo–I guess you are not familiar with things like domino effects, enhanced business opportunity which creates jobs, tax revenue etc. … There’s nothing more serious than being able to point to something and say I did this. Gomes doesn’t have that type of achievement, someday maybe but not yet. I am just a fly with a view from thousands of feet up. Yes I am a fan of MJF, but that is because I think she is the best choice, has put forth the best ideas, has the most experience, far-reaching economic network, acumen, intelligence and understanding of how to manage people. Finch failed to manage his people; he had no skill with the buck stops here concept and therefore has spent most of his time trying to quell mutiny instead of building up people to become part of the solution. You can’t ignite a city when you spend all your time putting out the fires behind the castle walls.

    1. flyonthewall,
      Should I call you Mary-Jane or Pat the blonde-haired supporter? To your earlier posting, I thoroughly comprehend the Domino theory. For your further edification, study the principles of chaos. We have the same objective in this scenario, defeat Finch. It has been obvious from the beginning Foster needs Gomes to defeat Finch. I say Gomes needs Foster to defeat Finch. It’s all semantics, you say tomato I say tomahto. The bottom line is simple, we can’t afford four more years of Finch.

      1. Anti–Nice try but you are wrong again. Try to get one thing right in at least one of your posts. I don’t care if it’s you or your other posting name. Just one thing, is that too much to ask?

        1. We would like your help in this important election cycle. The entire future of our city is dependent upon the forthcoming outcome.

          You are a delusionist. If you are not going to help us, please don’t hurt us.

  9. I am not a candidate nor do have blond hair nor am I a female. I am sure no candidate posts here, if they did they would have too much time on their hands. I am for uniting and keeping Finch out. MJ and Gomes want the same thing, to prevent four more years of Finch. They each have their own ideas. I just think MJ is doing a better job of getting her message out, has more money and has better name recognition making her the front runner of the two. However, infighting just makes Finch stronger. Let’s focus on him, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. But let’s agree on this, whoever is third is the spoiler, and all the anti-Finch voices will be angry with that person.

    1. flyonthewall,
      Forgive the identity crisis, I may or may not be wrong. Your logic is correct, the enemy of my enemy MAY be my friend. Realistically, what is the stumbling block here? Let the next Mayor pay his/her CAO the same salary as the Mayor. This pissing contest must end, the sooner the better. Bottom line, no more Finch.

  10. Anti–Are you saying this race is about the money??? The mayor in the 2012 Budget is proposed to make $129,862 (about $5k increase). The CAO is proposed to make $123,082 (same increase). Are you telling me this is a pissing contest over $7,780??? I sure as hell hope not, because that screams volumes about a certain person.

        1. So it is about the money? What’s the problem–Gomes doesn’t want a woman earning more than he does? This is NOT a man I want as mayor of my city. Will he ask her to put on a pot of coffee in the morning, too? Order his lunch? Make his copies? Bullshit, Mr. Gomes.

    1. Ron, I sent an answer last week. While I do believe a three-way race for Town Clerk would benefit me, I am not a candidate at this time. However I do plan on being very active in the campaign of whomever I decide to support for Mayor.


    1. His responses were piss poor. His ego probably wouldn’t allow him to ask anyone for help. Thinks he knows it all. He will be worse than Bill Finch, I am sorry to say. Mr. Gomes has turned into a big disappointment.

  12. Everyone has their favorite candidate. Politics is not a spectator sport, it’s a beauty contest, a meat show like “American Idol.” Vote for your favorite contestant. The poll numbers don’t lie. Gomes is DEAD LAST. A few commentators here can’t seem to accept the fact John Gomes does not have a rat’s ass of a chance at becoming the next mayor of Bridgeport. It takes a lot of guts to run for public office, having to deal with the onslaught of negative and baseless comments hurled from a peanut gallery like this one. Somewhere along the way the idea of intelligent discourse was lost. There is a lot of bickering and arguing about petty bullshit that has nothing to do with anything important. Mary-Jane Foster assembled a ticket made up of former elected officials who have been shut out of the existing party apparatus. Joel Gonzalez cut his finger off. BIG FUCKING DEAL. How does that impact his ability to fulfill the obligations of the office he may be elected to? Charlie Coviello has been slated to run for the BOE. It would appear he has been co-opted by the Foster campaign. Does it really matter? No, no and no again.

    What has Bill Finch really done for the benefit of the people of the city of Bridgeport? I demand someone answer the question with a straight answer, not a smart-assed remark.

    John Gomes began his campaign well over a year ago and is being outspent by the incumbent and another challenger for the Democratic nomination. The latter entered the game relatively late. Is it her fault Gomes’ campaign has been poorly managed? I think not, but he is certainly blaming Mary-Jane Foster for his ineptitude.

    Stop with the petty arguments, stop it with the childish bickering over insignificant bullshit.

  13. Let me take this time to say something about Joel Gonzalez. I feel Joel understands things much better when he cut his finger off and when he was a councilman. He will do his homework to check things out and make others aware. Lennie calls him “Speedy” and that was his main problem in the past, he would speak and react to things way too fast. I might not agree with his views but I have seen a change in him over the years.

  14. Given the significant factors she had to consider before making decisions, I think Mary-Jane Foster made some informed choices. The objections that have been voiced here seem to have more to do with an opinion on Mr. Gonzalez’s personality rather whether or not he can perform the duties of the office he’s running for.


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