Love him or loathe him, Mayor Joe Ganim’s a relentless retail politician, going to all corners of the city to churn out a vote Nov. 5. You may like his record, or not, but a least he provides a forum to examine his positions.
His losing primary opponent Marilyn Moore, a write-in candidate for the general election because she fumbled the simple task of securing about 200 signatures to carry the banner of the Connecticut Working Families line, promised to run a transparent campaign on what she stands for on an assortment of issues.
Since the September 10 Democratic primary in which she won at the polls but fell short as a result of absentee ballots–her supporters now challenging that in court–what has she shared of any substance about taxes, the budget, public safety, economic development, education, etc.? Nothing.
OIB has received nothing regarding her position on issues. So just in case, I checked with my friends at the Connecticut Post: how many releases from Moore have you received on issues? Yup, nothing.
So for a candidate who promised to be transparent and forthcoming on how she’ll be different, there’s been nothing, other than I’m not Joe Ganim.
Wow, that gives a lot of confidence to the body at large.
If you examine the OIB comments section about this mayoral race, Moore supporters don’t build up their candidate, but rather tear down Joe Ganim. It’s a lot easier to tear down than build up. The reason they don’t build up Moore is quite simple: she’s not given them any reason.
It’s not like some have not tried. Former 20-year State Rep. Chris Caruso, a two-time mayoral candidate, offered his service free of charge to bring Moore to the next level after Kennard Ray, who has worked with Moore in the past, left the campaign just prior to the primary vote. Caruso even donated $1,000 to her campaign. Caruso didn’t ask for anything in return other than let me help you win.
No, says Moore, you’re too noisy, and too difficult and too something else. I’m more comfortable paying someone $1,500 a week who’s never run a citywide campaign. Gee, why is that? Good for Gemeem Davis–who took a “leave of absence” from Bridgeport Generation Now whose leadership financed the court battle–for her payday. Let’s not begrudge anyone for earning a living. But campaigns are about winning.
What has Davis done to position Moore for the general election? Also, former Board of Education member Sauda Baraka? The first in a series of community conversations, filmed by Baraka, produced six people in the North End.
One of Moore’s biggest supporters, OIB friend Kelvin Ayala, an economic development professional, has also fallen into the trap of tearing down anything Ganim promotes rather than building up his candidate. Why?
If Moore is taking Kelvin’s advice about where to lead the city economically it hasn’t been transmitted anywhere, be it news releases, statements, her social media pages. Please, go to Moore’s Facebook page. What has she proposed other than boiler plate language crafted by the Working Families Party for her primary run?
Has she offered one original idea other than I’m not Joe Ganim?
Most electors vote on the future.
So let’s hear from all the Moore supporters. This is your chance. Tell us what she has advanced in any originality, other than I’m not Joe Ganim?
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Come on now, something clearly stated about what Marilyn Moore proposes to do as mayor. Not something in your head but something she has proposed. And not more of the same of tearing down Joe Ganim.