John Marshall Lee once again questions in a commentary the veracity of Civil Service Commission Chair Eleanor Guedes. “How does a Trumbull, CT registered voter claiming a residence of 48 Teller Road, Trumbull, vote in several recent years in Trumbull elections, while occupying a position as Chair of a Bridgeport Commission where it is indicated that 1425 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport is her residence location?”
On Tuesday, April 3, 2018 the Bridgeport Civil Service monthly meeting was held in the Wheeler Rooms at 2:00 PM. An attempt to hold such in February did not reach a quorum, and other difficulties forced postponement to the March agenda. An attractive woman of middle years with blonde hair was chairing the meeting when I entered. I listened to her reforming motions or statements of two other board members present and then calling for approval. More than one dozen people were present, waiting their turn on the agenda including more than five Police Department officers, including Chief A.J. Perez.
I was there because on December 21, 2017 I had written an OIB essay on the likely illegality that Eleanor Guedes, a Trumbull resident/voter, continued to hold a position as a City appointee to a Bridgeport Commission. One month later I wrote a letter to Mayor Ganim, with copies to Angel DePara and Eleanor Guedes, 48 Teller Road, Trumbull, CT. I have received no contact as follow-up for either of these communications.
The language of Political Science has some new vocabulary today, for instance, the word “optics.” The facts of this situation conflict with our Bridgeport Charter. Apparently this conflict does not disturb those to whom it has been broadcast. It is a situation, like a few others, I have identified in recent years that calls for a Sheriff. But no one is there to answer. So I have written a letter to Michael J. Brandi, Executive Director, of the State Elections Enforcement Commission explaining my confusion. How does a Trumbull, CT registered voter claiming a residence of 48 Teller Road, Trumbull, vote in several recent years in Trumbull elections, while occupying a position as Chair of a Bridgeport Commission where it is indicated that 1425 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport is her residence location? Her Civil Service term expired in 2011 according to City records. But her service to Bridgeport administrations must seem exemplary as no removal or re-appointment has taken place.
The Tuesday meeting moved into Executive Session and those of us not in the immediate hearing exited. In the hall I spoke with most of the Police Officers and shared my “optics” with them. I pointed out that had any of the officers asked the Chairperson for her driver license, though I have never seen it, it would most likely have shown a Trumbull address rather than Bridgeport. If that were so, wasn’t it ironic that she could operate with police officers so proximate, but no one to seize the moment and stop the corruption? Perhaps a State election official will find it more than curious that an actual Trumbull voter uses a Trumbull address for that purpose but a Bridgeport address to serve a role in Bridgeport governance for 15 or more years? Where is the Sheriff on this issue? Where is a local Governor candidate, for that matter? Time will tell.