Mickey Herbert, co-founder of the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team with Mary-Jane Foster, writes in a commentary that also appeared in the CT Post that “Bridgeport voters need to elect the party-endorsed Democrat candidate for Mayor of Bridgeport: Joe Ganim.” From Herbert:
Right off the bat, I acknowledge I don’t really have a dog in this hunt, since I don’t live in Bridgeport, and no longer work there. However, I do have a strong opinion about the upcoming mayoralty race there, and that is that there is only one candidate with the requisite experience to manage the state’s largest city, and that candidate is former mayor Joe Ganim.
From 1996 to 2005, I was closely involved with the feasibility, planning, development and operation of the Bridgeport Bluefish Professional Baseball Club. Thus, I was pretty much at ground zero for much of the time Joe Ganim was our city’s mayor. I worked closely with him and his economic development staff in the effort to bring professional baseball to Bridgeport, including the awesome task of reclaiming the brownfields at the old Jenkins Valve site.
I also worked with him to get essential state funding to bring the Harbor Yard arena to Bridgeport. For two years during this period I chaired both the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and the United Way which afforded me an opportunity to observe first-hand how well the mayor was able to galvanize the city, and move it forward without increasing taxes to the citizens of Bridgeport. It was an exciting time when many folks around the state developed “Bridgeport envy” at how well our city was doing.
It was, frankly, exhilarating to work with Charlie Dowd and Ken Paul for the seven seasons I was the majority owner of the Bluefish, as we broke independent baseball league attendance records and brought home a professional sports championship to Bridgeport for the first time in 95 years.
There are also few people who were more disappointed at Joe Ganim’s “fall from grace” and his ultimate conviction and seven years he served in prison than I was. But he certainly did his time and I am utterly convinced if he is elected mayor that his administration will be cleaner than a hound’s tooth going forward. And here’s the clincher for me: Joe ran the state’s largest city for over a decade, and he ran it well for most of that period. In contrast, no other candidate in the race has even remotely that level of experience. Not even close.
On Oct. 19, the Bridgeport Regional Business Council had its quarterly board of directors meeting. I continue to serve on this board and its executive committee. The agenda for the meeting was comprised mainly of hearing from developers who are actively investing in exciting new projects for the city. I would bet my house that none of these investors will abandon Bridgeport if Joe Ganim becomes the city’s next mayor. And I am also certain that potential investors are not going to be scared away if he elected. On the contrary, I think they will be encouraged that Bridgeport will have a mayor who has the compassion, talent and experience to continue and accelerate the city’s economic development.
Bridgeport voters need to elect the party-endorsed Democrat candidate for Mayor of Bridgeport: Joe Ganim.