Democratic Registrar of Voters Patricia Howard on Thursday notified State Senator Marilyn Moore she will not appear on the September 12 primary ballot for mayor, a difficult blow to an elected official who came close to winning the mayoralty in 2019.
Howard’s office is still reviewing the petition sheets of Lamond Daniels vying for the ballot to join John Gomes against incumbent Joe Ganim. The magic number to qualify is 2,033 validated signatures of Democratic voters.
Moore, according to City Hall insiders, was more than 300 signatures short of that number, a sizable deficit.
In politics relationships are everything and Moore took for granted the operatives who helped her four years ago. When people step up for you it’s political heresy to ignore them. Moore’s tone-deaf, snickering history taking supporters for granted has caused this embarrassment.
Dozens of key operatives who backed her in 2019 fled for other campaign camps.
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Serving in the Connecticut State Senate is one of the coziest jobs on the planet, nothing remotely close to anchoring chief executive of Connecticut’s most populous city.
The notion that Moore failed to qualify for the ballot via signatures because of a wide field this cycle is an excuse for organizational losers. Gomes got there and possibly unknown Daniels who appears to be on the bubble.
If Moore had maintained her relationships she’d have gotten there instead of ceding her campaign to the minions running Bridgeport Generation Now Votes that sold her a bill of goods including the good people who blindly donated to the cause. Just because you say you’re honest does not make you honest. Actions speak louder than words and the cozy relationship between Moore and the dark-money organization came back to bite her.
So, what now for Moore?
She hopes to qualify for the general election as a petitioning candidate or perhaps on the Connecticut Working Families Party line. Based on this signature gaffe who will donate to her campaign after ponying for the failed primary?
Gen Now Votes – in its dubious “Year Of Change” mantra – had pledged about $100,000 to Moore’s primary effort, but will leaders Gemeem Davis and Callie Heilmann now invest those resources on a long-shot general election?
Or pivot to Daniels who will benefit from Moore’s absence if he qualifies for the primary?
This is an equal embarrassment for would-be City Hall controllers Davis and Heilmann who will concoct, for sure, a superficial excuse to save face. It’s what they do, instead of examining ways to become relevant. Oh, says Callie Heilmann, my husband’s a millionaire, we can throw money at it.
How’s that working out for ya, Callie?