From Democratic mayoral candidate Mary-Jane Foster:
Foster Campaign: Finch Lies and Breaks His Promises
The campaign for Democratic candidate for mayor of Bridgeport Mary-Jane Foster issued the following statement today in response to Mayor Bill Finch’s radio ad:
“Bill Finch lied when he promised voters a $600 tax cut in order to get elected and he’s lying about Mary-Jane Foster’s record with the Bridgeport Bluefish,” stated Jason Bartlett, campaign manager. “Mary-Jane never took a bailout. In truth, she is responsible for transforming a contaminated, abandoned factory into the beautiful Ballpark and Arena at Harbor Yard. She founded the Bridgeport Bluefish, a franchise that has pumped $60 million into Bridgeport and the regional economy and created 140 permanent jobs, most of which are held by Bridgeport residents. The Bluefish and Arena have brought millions of people to downtown over the last 12 years and have contributed significantly to repositioning Bridgeport as an attractive destination offering family-friendly entertainment.
“What can Bill Finch point to as his legacy? Lies and broken promises. He knew he couldn’t deliver a $600 tax refund to voters but winning was more important than telling the truth. He said he would create jobs–but the only people getting jobs are his politically connected friends, like the $8 million going to his lawyer friends. He said he would lower taxes. Instead he has raised taxes. Crime is up on his watch and the majority of voters feel the city is headed in the wrong direction. And because he’s done such a stellar job, he made sure he and his staff got hefty raises–all while shaking down hard-working city employees for concessions and campaign contributions.
“Bill Finch has been an elected official for more than a decade and has nothing to show for it, so he’s attacking Mary-Jane. Everything he claims he did was initiated by someone else and every job he’s ever had has been given to him. Mary-Jane looks forward to standing toe to toe with Bill Finch and comparing her professional record to his total lack of accomplishment.”