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Crunch Time! One Week Left To Election, Sizing Up Ganim, Foster, Torres

October 26th, 2015 · 68 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

Ganim gotv

The passion of Ganim supporters at headquarters.

Joe Ganim carries a refrain inside his head that goes something like this, “I’ve come too far, I’ve come too far.” Ganim won the Democratic primary in historic fashion, knocking off an incumbent mayor. He danced on a table, followers exploded with joy both in praise of Ganim’s comeback and with glee that he had filleted Bill Finch who over eight years piled up his share of enemies. Some voters saw Ganim as the vehicle to lance Finch. And now that Finch is sayonara as mayor, albeit throwing his prestige behind Mary-Jane Foster, Ganim recognizes the perception held by some of his core followers, some of whom view him as a rock star: he has it in the bag for the general election. That can be a dangerous specter on the way to a Nov. 3 encore.

In a story by the Hartford Courant’s Chris Keating, Ganim says “My concern, if I have one, is a lot of people feel I’ve already won. We want to be sure we don’t have voter complacency.”

When it comes to campaigning, Ganim is like a chihuahua on steroids. Although stoic in nature, rarely moved by emotion in thought process, Ganim is an intense campaign warrior who will bark, nip and growl at supporters to take nothing for granted. A lot of volunteers have busted butts for Ganim who has inspired them through his tireless campaigning.

Ganim dog

Ganim is dogged on campaign trail.

The campaign, flush with dough in the final week, has now brought on hired guns supplementing loyal volunteers to help deliver the vote. Ganim understands the finesse and gratitude that comes with keeping volunteers focused. But if he’s paying a campaign worker, it’s a whole different animal. He will blow up their cell phones with calls, provide marching orders, remind them of tasks. He will drive them insane, if need be, to reach his destination.

Remember that scene in Die Hard when one of the bad guys smashes a table of glasses? John McClane’s wife Holly Gennero declares, “He’s alive … only John can drive somebody that crazy.” That’s Joe.

Ganim has not had a traditional paid campaign manager in this quest for redemption. He’s had experienced campaign hands, operatives and friends, some old and new, such as Danny Roach, John Ricci, Chris Meyer, Gina Malheiro, Lissette Colon, Ken Flatto, Danny Pizarro, Tom Gaudett and Tom Coble and dozens of others step up, divvying up key tasks motivated by their own set of factors to get the job done, whether fundraising, political troubleshooting, scheduling, research and voter registration. Ganim has blown through several strategists who handle messaging and mail. His direct mail campaign in the primary was flaccid. Still, he won by the force of his ferocious work, door knocking, managing free media opportunities particularly public safety that connected largely with African American voters who gravitated to his “second chance” message.  But what also carried Ganim was the passion of those volunteers that buoyed a massive retail operation not seen in a mayoral primary in 30 years.

Ganim hopes to stoke that passion one more week. Complacency is an enemy.

Hennessy, Foster, Gomes

Mary-Jane Foster is joined by key legislative supporters State Representative Jack Hennessy and State Senator Ed Gomes.

In the spring of 2011, largely unknown, Mary-Jane Foster entered the mayoral race to take on incumbent Bill Finch. Outspent two to one, lacking the ground operation enjoyed by Finch, Foster cracked 40 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, and almost ran even with Finch in Dunbar School, the mighty African American precinct in the East End. She did not embarrass herself. In politics you must build upon the opportunities created, otherwise you end up looking around befuddled when some core supporters end up someplace else. That’s what happened to Foster. Despite 2011 supporters urging her to make a decision about plans for 2015, she was betrayed by her misplaced political skill set. In December of 2014 she said I’ll have a decision in January. It never came. Then it was next month, no, wait, next month. Meanwhile, despite numerous warnings about losing support, Joe Ganim entered the race and began poaching her people. Finch also courted some of her 2011 supporters because they believed he was the only one who could stop Ganim.

Foster, an executive at the University of Bridgeport, entered the race late, looked around and saw some core support from 2011 gone, had trouble raising money, ponied up about $100K of her own loot and was drubbed in the primary. She never had traction as a primary candidate. She never even had a toehold. The general election is now a different animal. She has significant traction now, and it’s growing, in higher-turnout areas.

Circumstances have dictated her relevance. Finch lost the primary, his political operatives botched his November ballot access. Who was left as the antidote to Ganim? In the view of the majority of Finch’s political operation and others anathema to Ganim, it was Foster. Finch endorsed her, seasoned fundraisers with deep Rolodexes such as former Democratic Town Chair John Stafstrom worked the business community and personal contacts to raise money, government reformers such as Tom Swan who serves as executive director of the Connecticut Citizens Action Group put their professional life on hold to work full time for the campaign. More than $100K was raised in a week, five mail pieces hit in 10 days elevating her name recognition. The money also finances paid canvassers to supplement volunteer door knocks on her behalf. Media outlets have taken notice.

Foster, women

A Foster mailer woos female voters.

Foster relishes her new viability in the race, unafraid to challenge Ganim during forums on the past and future. Once friends, her disdain for Ganim goes back more than 15 years when Ganim torpedoed her development proposal in conjunction with the management of the 10,000-seat arena, as part of a pay-to-play scam in which Ganim chose another entity. Foster had earned her development stripes as co-founder of the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team. On March 19, 2003, the day of Ganim’s conviction on St. Joseph’s Day, she hosted a “conviction party” at Joseph’s Steakhouse, the restaurant Ganim recruited to the city. Critics called it a cheesy move by Foster. Foster says it was highly appropriate in light of the damage Ganim did to the city.

On the campaign trail, contrasting Ganim, she shares stories of her upbringing, “Always tell the truth and never make a promise you can’t keep.”

What’s the path for a Foster win? Combining about two-thirds of Finch’s 5,800 primary votes to the 1,200 she received, as well as 3,000-plus unaffiliated voters and like-minded Republican voters. She must run up large pluralities in the higher-turnout areas of the city such as Black Rock,  West Side and North End while avoiding the mauling Finch received in African American precincts carried by Ganim. Foster has picked up support from key Latino political operatives, among them State Rep. Chris Rosario, former State Senator Andres Ayala, now the state commissioner of Motor Vehicles, social service activist Carmen Colon and City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez. How close can they keep Foster in key Latino precincts such as Marin School and Barnum School?

The biggest question for Foster demographically, however, is her traction in black neighborhoods where Ganim is popular. She has lots of ground to make up there. In campaigns, winning in relative. What’s a win for Foster in predominantly black precincts such as Wilbur Cross, Hallen and Dunbar? Coming in close to 40 percent of the vote. If that doesn’t happen, Ganim becomes mayor.

Republican Rick Torres is a unique study of passion and peculiarity. Former Republican State Senator Rob Russo said it best, noting Torres’ popular neighborhood market gathering, “When Harborview Rick shows up (as a candidate)  he’s very good.” Harborview Rick showed up earlier this year in a battle with Steve Stafstrom, the nephew of John Stafstrom, and several others running for the open State House seat of Auden Grogins, now on the state bench, covering Black Rock, West End and West Side. Torres largely focused on bread and butter state issues that connect with voters. He won on the machines, but came up short due to Stafstrom’s absentee ballot operation.

Torres storekeeper

Torres the storekeeper is at his best. An ad image from his State House race.

Torres has a strong story to tell about growing up in public housing, the product of Cuban immigrants, not learning English until the third grade. He has built an inviting business where active neighborhood residents, Democrat, Republican and others, enjoy banter of city life. Torres won a seat on the City Council defeating Stafstrom in 2013. This is his third time running for mayor. He ran a competitive race as the Republican nominee, spending more than $200K against Democrat John Fabrizi who as City Council president replaced Ganim as mayor following his conviction on federal corruption charges in 2003. Torres benefited from the city electorate in a testy mood with the Democratic establishment. In the end, however, the Democrat mountainous registration advantage over Republicans prevailed.

In 2011, an underfunded Torres tried for mayor again, losing to Finch by roughly 8,400 to 3,400.

When Torres operates at peak disciplined efficiency, he’s the strongest policy wonk in the race. Torres’ critics argue he gets in trouble when his sociologist bent takes over. He sports a tattoo of a black power symbol on his arm, a piece of solidarity, he asserts, about the “black struggle” and “saving the black man” from government programs he claims keeps them down. Last week he announced on his Facebook page he will model his mayoral race after Jesus. Torres supporters say he’s honest and sincere in presenting his views. His detractors say he’s a misguided crackpot.

Torres tattoo

Torres’ solidarity tattoo.

It’s frustrating for Torres and his dedicated following to be reminded of the overwhelming Democratic registration. He has a strong base of support in Black Rock, the last bastion of Republican politics, where he is splitting an anti-Ganim vote with Foster. Scouring votes outside of his voter base along the waterfront hamlet, particularly with limited funds against two well-financed opponents, is often rowing against the tide.

Four other names will appear on the November ballot for mayor, Charlie Coviello, Tony Barr, Christopher Taylor and David Daniels, all unknown and underfunded.

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  • Steven Auerbach

    Lennie, this was an excellent piece. The fact is Ganim has run a very aggressive campaign. His people are passionate and that is a huge plus. However, Mary-Jane Foster is exactly what this city needs. She definitely needs to touch thousands of people within the next week. Those who meet her, love her. This time around she has a stronger staff. Joe Ganim is tenacious and he will leave no stone unturned. He will find every vote possible. I think like him. Every single person 18 and older who is a US citizen can vote. Bill Finch is her secret weapon. Now the voters who were complacent in the primary believing Finch had it in the bag will vote. This could be the largest turnout in Bridgeport’s history. If Joe Ganim wins, the city will support him and we will pay the price for terrible coverage across the country. Mary-Jane Foster is clearly the only option to stop Joe Ganim. However there has to be more. People have to want to vote for you, not vote against another candidate. The more people see, meet and greet Mary-Jane Foster, the more they want to vote for her. I hope Mayor Finch is utilized this week. The wind is at Foster’s back, row G is an issue. She is a role model. She has volunteers and experienced talent. There is so much work to do and it must get done because if not, Ganim is Mayor and we all will live to see another day. Row G, get out the vote, the more the better! Mary-Jane Foster, row G. This is not the time to shhhhhhhhh. This is the time to throw everything against the wall and see what sticks!

  • Quentin Dreher

    Rick Torres dominated today’s debate, hands down!
    David Daniels did a good job, outshining Foster and Ganim.
    Big disappointment for the two Democrat front runners.
    Coviello tore Foster up.

    • Steven Auerbach

      Of course Coviello tore Foster up. He is voting for Ganim.

    • Steven Auerbach

      The race is between Ganim and Foster. Nobody knows Coviello. I will say it was nice to hear David Daniels did well. I expect he will definitely peel votes from Coviello and Ganim. I like the David Daniels signs popping up where Ganim signs used to be. All Coviello’s sign in the North End and East Side have been replaced with Foster signs, no wonder he continues to attack Foster. Duh!

      • Jennifer Buchanan

        Steven, she actually was booed and shouted at when she went after Ganim. Mario was there, and many Ganim supporters, no big surprise with their response. Imagine, people shouting at such a nice lady for scolding a very bad boy. When Covelio challenged Foster on the mostly seasonal and minimum-wage jobs and the total price tag for the Bluefish, there was an audible shock intake of air in the audience. CT-N TV filmed the debate, perhaps they will broadcast and everyone can see for themselves.

        • Steven Auerbach

          Yes of course Mario was there and Ganim supporters. The goal was achieved. If Foster went after Ganim she did an excellent job. Sorry I missed it. She is making up for six months of never going after Ganim. She was ill-advised her last go-’round. I do not think one Torres supporter or Finch supporter or Daniels supporter or Taylor supporter booed. Go Mary-Jane, Go. Row G! Jennifer, of course it was intentional to boo Mary-Jane! They believe people feel sorry for Joe. Joe won the primary. People are angry. Very angry. This is Foster’s race to lose. She is going to touch as many as possible. Bridgeport is going to move forward and not be seen as a joke. Republicans across the city are joining Democrats for Foster. She is a Democrat in a city 13 to 1 Democrat over Republican. There are not going to be wasted votes this time. Foster and Finch votes united. Independents will not put Ganim in office. Voter turnout must be extremely high and Row G has to be the mantra. This is not diminishing Rick Torres. This is about the future of our city and although I believe Torres is sincere, he knows what the Republican leadership knows. Rick Torres running for Mayor could put Ganim in office and that is what the Republicans want. Bridgeport, wake up. Row G. Mary-Jane Foster.

          • Park City too

            aye yi yi … I guess you’re staying on message. I did not like the vibe in the place when Mary-Jane got booed. I was actually concerned for her safety. It was Bridgeport urban angst against the outsider. Not cool, but guess you would have had to be there.

  • Quentin Dreher

    I don’t know, Steve. I tried to be as objective as possible and MJF didn’t do well at all.

  • Quentin Dreher

    And other than a law lesson on the revaluation, Ganim had zero substance. Not much as far as policy talk at all.

  • Jeff Kohut

    At this point in time, the race is between Torres and Ganim. Mary-Jane has simply run out of gas.

    Rick Torres was impressive in his presentation. He has an evolving policy repertoire and perspective that make him a very valuable asset for the city. I believe he would be a powerful, effective advocate for Bridgeport as a State Rep., State Senator or Congressman. However, I don’t see him as having quite the right temperament to bring the diverse elements of a city government together in effective harmony. Out of the present candidates, only Joe Ganim has the leadership experience and skills to get our city back in competitive order.

    The debate today was quite illuminating and showed the knowledge and leadership sides of the candidates. Joe Ganim showed grace and calm, as well as just the right grasp of the policy essentials needed by our next mayor. Rick Torres showed a passion and love of the city and its people and some original policy perspective–but just no indication that he could bring the elements of city government together in the way needed to get us back up running competitively. Mary-Jane displayed complete derailment. Charlie Coviello, Chris Taylor and David Daniels displayed intelligence and a capacity to be part of the solution to Bridgeport’s overall problem set. Tony Barr is truly unique and precious; I hope he stays involved in Bridgeport issues and helps us to navigate through those issues with his humor and absolutely unique perspectives.

    But the race is clearly between Joe Ganim and Rick Torres. I think Rick will eclipse Mary-Jane and come as close as to within 15% of Joe’s vote total on November 3.

    This one will be interesting.

    Go Joe!

    • Jennifer Buchanan

      Please call Steve Stafstrom, he is going door to door telling everyone Torres is polling at 3%. Of course, Foster assured her supporters in the Primary she had the numbers to win. And please be sure to squelch those untrue, exaggerated terrible things people will say about Joe in the next few days, remember how Joe warned us today people should be aware of these unfounded rumors.

      • Steven Auerbach

        Jennifer, Steven Stafstrom is telling the truth. I can only tell you I have called hundreds and Rick is hardly even mentioned. Foster is doing great. That is Republicans and unafiliiates. She is a Democrat and she has Finch’s votes. Stafstrom is on the money. Those who support Joe really love him. Those who are not voting for Joe despise him. Foster has taken back Democrats she lost to Ganim in the primary and already has the Finch votes, people get the impression Torres only started campaigning last week. Black Rock is not the city of Bridgeport. Finch took Black Rock. Foster gets those and most Republicans. Row G.

        • Jennifer Buchanan

          I believe we have heard this story before, inserting Finch for Foster.

          • Steven Auerbach

            Jennifer, you are getting support for Torres outside Black Rock? The Republican State party wants Ganim to win. That was clearly documented on the front page of the Post. 13 to 1 Democrats. Get serious. Even Ganim is supporting Torres. Foster is gaining steam and Joe is dropping like a lead balloon. Signs on public property, Foster signs disappearing, signs of desperation. Jeff Kohut determining this is a race between Torres and Ganim is just embarrassing to Torres, mocking him and the Republican party. Here in the Blackham, Hooker, Central, Winthrop area, Torres is equivalent to Charlie Coviello. He is also voting for Ganim, which should make Republican Central extremely happy!

          • The Bridgeport Kid

            Getting plenty of support outside Black Rock, Steven. White, black, Latino, middle class, Republican, Democrat, unaffiliated.

            You’ve run this script by us before. It was the big lie you told us about Finch winning the primary by a landslide and he had his ass handed to him in a paper bag by a convicted felon. Then you changed course and said he would win November 3rd by a landslide and he fucked up the paperwork for a third-party run. Now you’re telling us Mary-Jane Finchster is going to win by a landslide after losing the primary with a measly 9% of the vote. She didn’t even win in Black Rock because most people who know her over here would rather vote for Zippy the Pinhead.

            Your belief in your chosen horse is admirable even though she’s an old grey mare who ain’t what she used to be.

        • Jennifer Buchanan

          Foster assured her 1200 voters she had the numbers to defeat Finch the day before the primary. Look how that turned out. So did Finch. Keep believing the propaganda and you will have Ganim for mayor.

          • Steven Auerbach

            Jeniffer, as a staunch Finch supporter on the blog as a documented record, frustrated at how poorly Foster’s campaign was going. Even going to their headquarters and saying WTF!!! It was extremely painful for me. However, now they have a strong, experienced team taking care of business and candidate with a message with a groundswell of support. Jennifer, we know you love Rick, but seriously?

      • Park City too

        They want to win at any cost. Deceit on one hand and corruption, hidden agendas on the other. Look, if Ganim is a changed man, you did not have to put your campaign contributors on single-page entries so it would take a mountain of paper to sort through them. Small things point to big things. Stafstrom wants to keep his business interests, don’t blame him. Here is the difference, Torres is not manipulating people or facts, he wants to open up the city to the light of day. It is your city, take it over. Vote Torres for accountability in government.
        www .Torresforbpt.com

    • LennieGrimaldi

      Jeff, what were you drinking at Joseph’s Steakhouse?!!!

  • Park City too

    The article, as usual, is a Foster mailer. I don’t think she has any chance of winning this race. There was a group of Ganim supporters who nearly got up out of their seats and threw her out of the building. Don’t get me wrong. I think that type of aggressive vote sets a portion of the vibe and tone of what the city would feel like under Ganim again. I do not think rage should be directed at Mary-Jane Foster. Though if you were at the debate, she was not received well by some fairly regular Bridgeporters. Because she does not resonate with the average Bridgeport resident, or “Typical Bridgeport Voter,” as one of our posters here called a portion of the electorate in a demeaning tone. Anyone who is either not in line with her adopted side of the official political framework, or perhaps as you say, has not met her, is not voting for her. I think she is a smart woman, who does dance around issues a bit, but really will not win this race.
    On the other side of the stage from Ganim sat his main opponent, Enrique Torres. All candidates have taken to quoting Torres and enfolding his ideas into their platforms. Torres said do the tax reval in 2016, because it is “morally wrong” to leave the “typical Bridgeport voter’s” family paying high taxes at the expense of their family needs, just to push the re-val down the block as both Ganim and Foster had indicated earlier. Now, they will look into it. The word “transparency,” perhaps too esoteric a word for the typical voter, but alluring enough for Ganim and Foster to pin it to their lapels during the News 12 debate. A Torres entry into this year’s debate, having passed the “Transparency Resolution” through the council with Democratic support. These ideas; transparent open books, re-evaluate the taxes, re-establishment of trade schooling in Bridgeport, fully funding schools, public-private partnerships in support of youth, taxing vacant land at market-use rates to get people to stop free-squatting on it, no more free rides on the taxpayer dime such as the 30-year tax abatement for Steel Point, Arena, Ballpark, while residents have their car booted for $100 owed a little too long. Aggressive foreclosures by the WPCA. These things all come into this particular race through Torres. Coviello mentioned the booting, good, Torres had it in his TV commercial last time he ran, these things are on record. Yet for all I just mentioned, including winning the OIB poll, the article above shows Torres in his beard and store, possibly looking like the most homeless man in the world in a Dos Equis commercial, and with a tattoo from an awkward up-angle. This stuff is intentional, from a marketing journalist. Like when the Post ran the front-page picture of Torres with his “Democrats for Torres” shirts, in a nice suit, clean-shaven, a distant thoughtful and strong look on his face in the middle of a statement. The picture is worth a thousand weak and contrived words and thanks for the visual. However Torres and facts line up pretty consistently, his campaign staff is at least 50% Democrat and if he had the special interest money (it’s not?) of Ganim and to some extent Foster, they would need opera glasses to find him he would be that far out in front. So while Ganim is Ganim and Foster is Finch, Torres has a better looking campaign of ideas, real passion and a reputation that requires picking at his edges looking to try to diminish him, even going out of the city to look for an angle. We look forward to this week and simply giving the entrenched a run for your money, literally. We already won on OIB. Good luck and keep busy.

    • Steven Auerbach

      Democratic city 13 to 1. Foster is a Democrat. If Foster is Finch add their votes together. Remember, Mayor Finch may have lost the primary by 400 votes because people did not get out the vote, but he was not a disgraced Mayor. His supporters are proud of him and will support Foster. She is a great candidate! Row G.

      • Park City too

        Torres received 8,255 votes to Fabrizi’s 11,816. 41% of the general total went to Torres. At 13 to 1 odds, he would have had to receive only 7.69% of the total. It just does not happen that way in Bridgeport. In this year’s three-way race, the total results would have to add up to 123% if Torres gets his same numbers on a similar turnout. Foster, on the other hand, has never run in a general election. So yes, Foster is Finch, if you are relying on Finch votes. My gut tells me there are really not many people who are taking a strong stand for Foster, because of Finch. People are even leaving Ganim because of Ganim. Ganim supporters are much stronger in their choice of candidate than Foster supporters, everyone knows this. During yesterday’s debate, Ganim supporters were visibly upset with Foster, but when Torres said similar things, they sat, listened, even applauded. So if you want Ganim to lose, Torres is the train to jump on. We encourage people to make up their own minds, not trying to simply spin a story for the votes. If you listen to what Torres has to say, you will find someone worthy of your vote.
        www .torresforbpt.com

    • Andrew C Fardy

      The people who went after MJF (verbally) were Ganim trolls. Ill-educated, ill-informed and looking for jobs. Rick posed for that misguided tattoo, don’t blame the person who took the picture.

      • The Bridgeport Kid

        Enough about the fucking tattoo, Andy. Is that your political criterion, tattoos?

        • Steven Auerbach

          I think we should talk about the tattoos and ask Ron Mackey to comment. Rick is a grown man. His ideology is extremely disturbing. Let’s talk about tattoos. “Fucking tattoos” if you will! Which brings us back to the Ganim commercial taking credit for all Finch’s accomplishments. Brilliant!

        • Andrew C Fardy

          I did not bring it up, someone else did. What is political criterion? You don’t like me writing about the tattoo, tough.

      • Park City too

        I agree, that was a dumb picture. No quarrel there. I don’t think the tattoo is dumb though, if you want the Mona Lisa on your … fine with me. I like art. Yes, it was the crowd you mention, but they are voting.

  • Quentin Dreher

    I had an opportunity to have a short talk with JML today. I would love to have a chance to work on the council with him. With his financial prowess and my budget experience we would make a great team. Combine our strength with Rick’s vision, we would have the best financial structure the city has seen in a very long time. My road is a bit tougher but stranger things have happened.

    Check out www .bridgeportfirst.net

  • Ron Mackey

    Debates, Mitt beat Obama in their first debate, Richard Nixon beat JFK by those listening to the debate but those watching saw how Nixon looked and it was that help him to defeat. Lennie, it looks like you sized this race up pretty good, now who’s going to break out?

  • city hall smoker

    Mary-Jane is starting to come across as an angry vindictive woman. A conviction party, seriously? Not the kind of person I want in the mayors office. She’s the same as the Finch/Wood duo.

  • S. Wilk

    My husband and I were at the debate. We used to be unaffiliated until last year. I think must will agree Rick handled the questions better than the other candidates. It was clear there were few Foster supporters. In the section I was sitting, there was an audible disbelief reaction to MJF’s comment that she has made no promises, I heard someone say except to Finch. Daniels did a nice job. Coviello showed his dedication to the city and took MJF to task. Chris Taylor suggested using the National Guard to help control the homicides. Tony was Tony, though he did show how truly passionate he was about the education of Bridgeport youth. Ganim acted humble and mentioned he won the Democratic Primary numerous times. He was not as aggressive as I thought he would be.

    My husband has always been anyone but Finch. He left the debate saying Mary-Jane Finch.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    MJF lost that round. She was taken to task for misrepresenting the success of the Bluefish. $40,000,000. a year? The stadium isn’t half full for home games. She was roundly and rightly booed for her closing remarks.

    Jeff Kohut is correct in pointing out the race is down to Torres and Ganim. Foster does not have a rat’s ass of a chance.

  • Andrew C Fardy

    She never said the Bluefish made $40 million a year, get your facts straight. Just so you know, Jeff is a shill for Ganim and a job holder in waiting, Keep thinking it’s a race between Ganim and Torres.

    • Jennifer Buchanan

      You are correct Andy–she has said about $40,000,000 into the city
      17 years = people attending Blue Fish Games = 49,605
      17 years = 200 employees per game @$10.00 per Hr x 6 hours x 72 games per year = $23,088,977
      17 years = $40,000,000 divided by 17 years to give credit for the 18 years = $37,777,777
      $14,688,800 ($ after employee wages and benefits) divided by 49,604 (people attended) = $296
      Correct me if I am wrong, but outside the stadium (because the food and souvenirs sold in the stadium is Bluefish $)

      The math says each and every person spent in the city Bridgeport about $296 each and every time they attended a Bluefish Game.

      www .ctpost.com/sports/article/Bluefish-seeking-solution-to-sagging-attendance-4739634.php

  • Hector A. Diaz

    The same people who were upset about Bob Keeley, Bob Halstead and I for running against the ENDORSED Democrat for State Rep. less than a year ago are now advocating for a candidate who is essentially doing the same thing.

  • Bob Walsh

    Jeff Kohut hasn’t been right about anything since he signed on to Ganim’s campaign.

    • Steven Auerbach

      Well if he is drinking and dining at Joseph’s he must be doing something right! Though his comments are way out there. Glad he at least was consistent with his disdain of Himes! Jeff used to be thoughtful and his mean spirit toward Foster is very confusing to me, or is that the desperate game plan? Attack Foster, put a wedge between her and Finch, divide and conquer.

  • Bob Walsh

    And talk about angry vindictive women, I guess it takes one to know one.

  • Claude Balls

    A liar, yes, but a LADY?!? C’mon, you aren’t really a lady??? Really? You are?

  • John Torres

    I believe Jeff Kohut correctly predicted the outcome of the primary, Bob. I remember reading his prediction and thinking he was crazy. Now, not so much. He maybe a Ganim guy, but he’s not stupid.

    Fardy–you need to chillllll. The BPT Kid is remarking at her claim the city receives $40Mil a year from the Bluefish. Of course everyone knows the Bluefish have never turned a profit! It’s not a business, it’s a corporate charity case. MJF’s business record is built on falsehoods and self-aggrandizement.

    • Steven Auerbach

      John, you are correct! Ganim will win. Problem solved! Tell your dad!

    • Andrew C Fardy

      What are the figures for when MJF and her husband owned the Bluefish. Do you know? Are you writing the same stuff others are writing who have no factual information? BTW the Bridgeport Kid’s numbers are wrong. MJF made a profit with the BF, better check your fact checker.

  • Local Eyes

    Ganim promised we see a negative campaign. So let’s get nasty! Imagine JG as a frustrated grocery clerk appearing on the front page of a book. Like this:
    www .amazon.com/gp/product/0470190736/ref=s9

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    The race is going to boil down to Ganim versus Torres. Mary-Jane Foster will effectively be spoiling for one of them. Given her performance last night, my money is on Torres to win. His grass-roots campaign has been gaining traction and supporters by the day.

    The Crook knows the election is slipping away. Unless his minions can mobilize a full-blown absentee ballot fraud he will lose. Even paying for votes is risky. The Feds are here watching, gathering evidence and building a case.

    Ms. Foster picked up the baggage of Bill Finch and the antipathy more than a few voters have for him. She’ll be lucky to hold onto the 9% she garnered in September.

  • John Torres

    Steven, please have someone loosen your restraints, you seem to be suffering from lack of oxygen.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    If Steven Auerbach teaches in Bridgeport’s public schools, that speaks loudly of the sorry state of things.

  • Park City too

    Torres. Would appreciate your support. Hey, not bad for $30,000 compared to $180,000 and $260,000 or whatever. That alone is proof of the power of conviction. Not the type that lands you in jail, or the after-party.

  • Park City too

    Is this what hell is like? Boring? What a bunch of interference with little substance. I hope Mary-Jane Foster does very well. It seems Ganim has a war chest and will be getting his message out he is a guy with a proven record and vision. He is smooth and I am sure he believes his speeches. In fact, I believe his speeches. Just not when he comes anywhere near transparency of government. The doors will be shut to the residents. They want the purse strings, and will keep the taxes where they are because the taxes are in the city pocket with their hands reaching in. No looking at the books. Yes, he will fight crime and build some more things. But your government will not be yours, it will belong to a select group of town Democratic party insiders, to developers who will certainly find ways to repay favors. The eye on the prize, I think, is open government. We do not need to race the next building up to the sky. Crime can be fought by the professionals in law enforcement with additional resources as needed. Back to Foster. She would be a better choice for me than Ganim and company. But even when she says mostly the same things as Torres, and I am watching, she adds his lines, as does Ganim, I do not sense the same Bridgeport passion that Ganim or Torres has. That is where a lot of the vote comes from. Passion. I do not like crooked politics, when ideas and plain speaking are more powerful paths to solutions for the people of the city. I hope Foster does very well, her money will buy advertisements, advertisements convince voters. Ganim will make a big impact with his money. I am completely with Torres for the win. Last time he ran, I worked with him, but did not necessarily know whether he could run a city. This time, I am sure he can. He has changed as a person, into a true leader. He is completely dedicated to Bridgeport from the perspective of its people first. Revaluate the taxes and take the burden off the people, because the reval is due in 2016 and should not be postponed, thereby asking residents to pay thousands of dollars more each year than they should have to. Make up for losses by not giving everything else away to the developers in unreasonable tax abatements. Don’t let people sit on the entire developable properties at minimal tax, while they wait for a big buy-out. Tax the land at fair market use and give the relief to the people with the reval. This is what people first looks like. Let every resident have open access to the city accounting records. Work with a council that will not have to file freedom of information requests to get answers. Open the books and return the city government to its people with fresh eyes. Open the windows at city hall and let in some fresh air. I hope Torres, Foster and Ganim all do well. There is a momentum for clear financial changes in the city, I hope it is inevitable. Torres would be the strongest advocate for the power of government residing in the people where it belongs. And if you would like a kickback for the vote, have some lower taxes and a friendlier city hall. Let that tone reach out to the residents.

    • Park City too

      Torres needs to do as well as he did against Fabrizi as a starting point, 8255 votes. If Foster and Ganim split the large part of the Democrat vote at the same numbers each, you have a 25,000 person turnout. The problem is, Torres has been at that level before, Foster never has. In my view, she needs to take a lot of votes from Ganim, but an equally large amount of the anti-Ganim vote needs to go to Torres. He can be put over the top, on numbers he has already received. Foster has the uphill battle here, on row G, with less of a track record of support in the voting booth where it counts. Ganim could possibly see 9000 to 11,000 votes. Under what scenario will Foster get on top of this? Torres, hopefully, is starting with his 8,255. Since then he has been in the city council and in the papers regularly, he has the name recognition and the passion that is Bridgeport. Put him over the top with your vote.

  • Claude Balls

    I hear Foster/Finch are going to put up a candidate against Mario for town chair. Only in Bridgeport.

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