Nothing like rumors to spur the campaign juices of supporters of State Senator Ed Gomes who’s being challenged by Democratic-party-endorsed Ernie Newton and State Rep. Andres Ayala in an Aug. 14 primary. OIB received several calls from supporters of Ayala claiming incumbent Ed was making plans to drop out of the race. Really? So we checked it out. Horse poops, say Gomes supporters. The good senator is raising money, knocking on doors, full speed ahead, they say, adding Ayala wants Gomes out of the race to enhance his chances. And so it goes in city politics where rumors collect like absentee ballots. The Gomes camp sent along a flyer being distributed throughout Connecticut’s 23rd Senatorial. Newton and Ayala camps are free to send along their campaign pieces as well.
The Real Deal
Has a long record of service
• Served his country while in the Army for 5 years
• Served his peers as a Union delegate for the United Steelworkers of America
• Served the Community as a member of the Bridgeport City Council for 12 years, and as a Senator for 7 years
Fights for working families
• Supported legislation to bring jobs back to CT as well as encourage the hiring of Veterans and provide paid sick-leave time to all workers in service industries with 50 or more employees.
“We need to help more people get back to work and find good paying jobs. Now there’s a new trend of manufacturers starting to bring jobs back to the US from overseas. Today’s bill [Senate Bill 1] will help bring those jobs here to Connecticut,” said Senator Gomes.
Fights for Children
• Supported legislation that ensures early childhood learning is supported as well as stepping up efforts to help English Language Learners.
“Kids from every background deserve all the opportunities we can put within their reach.” [Senator Gomes has said in response to the passage of a compromise education reform package.]
Fights for Public Housing Tenants
• Championed legislation to ensure that Public Housing residents could vote for their own representatives as well as have a major part in any changes being made to their public housing complex.
“Today’s bills [Senate Bill 1076, 1075] will ensure that public housing residents are at the table when important decisions are being made … Our state’s public housing communities are home to thousands of Connecticut residents. We can improve these neighborhoods by encouraging tenants to be actively involved in community decisions.” said Senator Gomes.
THE CHOICE IS CLEAR. ON AUGUST 4TH VOTE FOR ED GOMES. MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT FOR BRIDGEPORT.
(Note: the Democratic primary is Aug. 14)