UPDATE, Finch and Ganim camps respond: Joe Ganim: “Let’s build a future for Bridgeport that works for everyone.” Bill Finch: “Together, we’re making Bridgeport a city that works for everyone.” Who’s on the side of the angels for the soul of campaign slogans?
Nothing like a little gamesmanship in city politics. As their respective campaigns for mayor heat up, it appears you’ll be hearing a lot about a Bridgeport “that works for everyone” from both Joe Ganim and Bill Finch, a ubiquitous slogan that leaves no one out.
The slogan also aired last year in the launch of the city’s taxpayer-financed marketing campaign promoting the city featuring contractor Marshan Coleman who declares, “We’re building a city that works for everyone.” Coleman, by the way, owes $13,298 in back taxes dating back from 1999 to 2006.
Statement from Ganim campaign:
Since early March, Ganim has repeatedly stated in columns, articles and speeches that his campaign was about building a better Bridgeport for everyone. Now, three months later, Bill Finch has dishonestly unveiled the same slogan for his campaign in an ad just purchased in Only in Bridgeport.
“It’s sad that Bill Finch has felt the need to steal Joe Ganim’s campaign slogan about building a Bridgeport that works for everyone. As Mayor, Bill Finch has had eight years to build a better Bridgeport for everyone–but has clearly failed to do that.
Bill Finch should ask the residents of Trumbull Gardens if they feel he has built a Bridgeport that works for everyone. Or how about asking our police–who have seen their ranks depleted under Bill Finch?
Or how about the taxpayers who are paying record high property taxes? Bill Finch was elected on the promise of lowering property taxes–but has raised them six of the past eight years. Does Bill Finch think taxpayers feel he has built a better Bridgeport for them?
Bill Finch can steal all the campaign slogans he wants–but voters know that they are not better off under Bill Finch as Mayor.”
Statement from Finch Campaign Manager Maryli Secrest:
This is ludicrous. Convicted felon Joe Ganim will say anything to get ahead. When Ganim got caught using city funds to pay for his own massive life insurance policy, he wrote a fake letter to convince opponents he had cancelled it but later admitted to keeping it for more than a year. When all the evidence showed that Ganim had steered contracts in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, he denounced his accomplices and denied everything. He only recently admitted that the jury did “get it right” when he was convicted on 16 felony charges. Ganim was denied reinstatement to the Connecticut bar in part because of his false testimony. Ganim may have even faked a drug addiction to get out of prison faster. Now, Ganim is lying to get back in office; his own announcement speech said that he “led our city away from the brink of default and did not raise your taxes,” when he actually raised taxes 7% in his first year. Even with the evidence in front of him, Ganim can’t be trusted to tell the truth and can’t be trusted to lead Bridgeport.
And what of the slogans of other Democratic candidates for mayor?
Mary-Jane Foster: “Because Bridgeport Deserves Better.”
Howard Gardner: “A brighter future for a great city will only happen with new leadership.”
Charlie Coviello: “Let’s take a stand and take our city back.”