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Jesus, Mary And Joseph! Litchfield County Pols Taste Ganim’s Chutzpah–Crashes Dem Event

October 9th, 2017 · 68 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Ganim fixes fence

During 2015 mayoral comeback, Ganim fixed a fence at Trumbull Gardens to deter perps. Will we see some of this in 2018 governor’s race?

Ah, the cashews on this guy! That’s what some pols say on both sides of the aisle. Mayor Joe Ganim knows a good party, even when he’s not invited. As CT Post reporter Neil Vigdor reports, “Joe Ganim didn’t resurrect his political career by waiting around for invitations.” The mayor’s been moving around the state making his case to party insiders about governor–some unwilling, some curious, others marveling at his “gumption.”

Political observers be it media or pols assert Ganim has big ones. For sure he does, and that’s just the way he likes it: shake it up, be different, with an outsider’s touch. His audacity to run for governor has people talking. To Ganim’s way of thinking look at the current Democratic field for governor? None–that could change–enjoys his retail campaign skills. Far-fetched he could win a Democratic primary for governor? Maybe. But if the field stays the same (an entry by Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman would change the landscape), Ganim’s sticking with his plan. And along the way, garnering more attention, good, bad or ugly.

From Viggy:

So when a group of well-heeled Democrats gathered last Sunday in Kent–a confluence of weekenders from Manhattan, prep schoolers and Appalachian Trail hikers sipping kombucha–the mayor of the state’s largest city rolled into town unexpectedly.

His destination was the hilltop villa of the father-son lobbyists Vincent Roberti and Dan Roberti, which has its own saltwater infinity pool, a 5,000-bottle wine cellar and gardens inspired by those at the Frick Museum in New York.

… “Democrats need somebody with some flash, somebody that really can present that compelling story,” said Scott McLean, a political science professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden. “(Ganim) is a guy that has proved over and over again that he’s not to be underestimated. I think the reason for that is he has a compelling redemption story. He’s gone to prison and he’s come back.”

Full story here.

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  • Jimfox

    He’s the “my pillow “ of Fairfield County!

  • flubadub

    Dixon Street Vinnie Roberti? Yikes!

  • Donald Day

    Dave Walker said, ““I believe in a second-chance society, but not for public corruption. That’s not personal.” Either you do or you don’t Dave. That’s like saying I don’t think any woman should ever have an abortion, unless it’s my side piece. Was he Republican too?

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      C’mon, Donald. Voters entrusted Joe Ganim to take care of the people’s business. Did he do it? Yeah, but at what cost? He lined his pockets at the oeople’s exoense. He was indicted, lied on the witness stand and was sent to prison. He betrayed the people’s trust. Only in Bridgeport can a slick confidence man be re-elected.

    • DC Faber

      I do not think that’s a contradiction. He is saying Joe deserves a second chance, but once convicted on public corruption certain jobs are no longer available like public office. This is a law in many states. If a fire fighter was convicted for arson, they can get a second chance but you wouldn’t rehire them on the force.

      • The Bridgeport Kid

        Joe Ganim was convicted of racketeering and served seven years of a nine-year sentence. According to the rules if the federal judiciary he has been “corrected.” He was given a second chance the moment he was released from prison. His license to practice law was revoked. (Law school takes seven years; he should have known better than to lie on the witness stand.) The best he can do now to earn a similar level of income is politics.

        The people have the right to elect whomever they find the most compelling on election day. Joe Ganim was elected after playing on the ignorance and sense of disenfranchisement of the voters in Bridgeport’s poorer neighborhoods. So the claims that David Walker and the other GOP candidates cater to white voters are a little hollow. Joe Ganim exploited the black community for his own ends.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    Whenever Joe Ganim’s name appears in the news I’m reminded of a line of dialogue from “Star Wars.” It is an apt description of Bridgeport City Hall: “You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany.” 

  • Ron Mackey

    Wait a minute, Joe Ganim is crashing a political meeting that he wasn’t invited to? Where was Mario Testa, normally the Democratic Town Committee chairman would seek the invite for a candidate to attend a meeting in another town and city. Is Ganum flying solo on his run for governor this time around or is there trouble in paradise with Mario and Joe?

  • Donald Day

    DB, you know I know how Joe let down and took advantage of the public’s trust as a thief and a liar. What I take exception to is another self righteous Republican talking out of both sides of their mouths with their I believe in a cause just as long as it’s a cause that I believe in at that time, which by the way it’s subject to change or not, understand? WHAT?

    • John Marshall Lee

      DD,
      There you go again with barely explained criticism where research and clarification might just find that Walker and you share a similar position. I am speaking about support of “second chances” for those with criminal records. The phrase has been used with respect to African Americans who find themselves disproportionately in US with a prison experience that clogs participation in society after their release. (When the courts find a person guilty of sexual abuse on minors, there are special rules or prohibitions that they must live with after release due to the nature of their offense. Is keeping a public corruption felon from taking public election funds a similar and reasonable prohibition, or not? Isn’t that the question? How does a father of a daughter feel when his adult daughter starts dating someone who has served time for sexual assaults on women?)

      I believe that this is how “second chance” initiatives have come to be understood broadly. It is a second chance to restart your life again in civilian society. It is not an automatic “redo” to place you in the same position you held previous to your transgression and consequences. It takes time and effort to overcome rights forfeited or put at risk.

      Did Ganim ever fully admit his guilt when he went to the African American community, supposedly sorry? Was he remorseful for his abuse of power and authority when the FBI nailed him and put him behind bars, or merely the fact that he had been caught? Does he protest how his “integrity” had been abused by a miscarriage of justice and that he had been innocent? How upset is he with the “justice establishment” in Connecticut that he has so far been prevented a “second chance” to practice his former profession by his former professional associates?

      I listened to him last Friday tell impressionable high school students in Stratford about MGM, Live Nation, etc., as if they were real, material accomplishments that would lead to similar efforts on the State level were he to be elected by the people of CT. And today in the article, “Ganim said Bridgeport has reaped substantial grand-list growth during his administration …” Will anyone ask him to verify this statement? We experienced the evaporation of ONE BILLION DOLLARS of taxable values in the most recent revaluation certified about the time of his election two years ago. That was taxable GRAND LIST DECREASE.

      What items have contributed to a measurable and “SUBSTANTIAL” increase in two years, JOE? If it has been that substantial, perhaps you ought to do another revaluation right now? After all they only cost the City $300-350,000 per review, and if the numbers are substantially up (AS JOE”S TAXES RELATIVE TO PROPERTY VALUES WERE SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASED, PUTTING A LIE TO HIS CAMPAIGN CRY)maybe we can lower mil rate and taxes based on the higher values?? But Ganim does not need to provide proof. If he says it, it must be true? What do you think? Time will tell.

      • Ron Mackey

        JML, you and Dave Walker are starting to sound like 45, it’s the voters who make the decision on who they want to represent them even if the person is a convicted felon.

  • Steven Auerbach

    I suppose if I were running for Governor and I wasn’t sure if I was going to receive financing ,I’d g where the money was going to be. I know so many New Yorker’s that have hideaways in Kent and Litchfield county. They have a stake in whats happening in Connecticut. If Joe did not receive an invitation, I give him credit for putting himself in front of the audience that can fund his candidacy. If just crashing the party put him in the paper associated with running for Governor it is brilliant.

    • Ron Mackey

      Steve, you just don’t get, there is trouble in paradise with the Bridgeport DTC chairman Mario Testa and Mayor Joe Ganim. Joe needs Mario to be in contact with those DTC chairmen to lineup delegates because that’s what you need to win. Steve, Mario doesn’t like what Joe Ganim is doing but seeing that you are a member of the DTC you should be concern.

  • Jimfox

    Ron, The DTC has so many members like Stevie A. who are clueless to what’s going on arould Them.
    Just to say your a member of the DTC is enough to fill their egos.
    It’s time to remove the deadwood from DTC like Stevie A.
    Black Rock has removed the Roachete’s from the CC and we will do the same to The DTC next year.

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      Steve Auerbach is a bench warmer, no importance at ll.

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      Don’t waste your time, Jim. Mr. Auerbach is now a member of the DTC. Judging by his comments Mr. Auerbach believes he is now an “expert” on the subject of “What’s eating Bridgeport.” Fact of business: Mr. Auerbach is parrotting the party line, believing everything that crawls out of the mouth of Ganim.

    • Steven Auerbach

      Deadwood? Really? Yes Jim , time to replace a cheerleader for this city that is involved with the constituents in the city and supports my Councilwoman and district leader. Save me from the honor of attending all of these fundraisers. Yes, I am a real drag on the district. A one man army that loves this city. Yeah, I should be replaced and most likely will when I move .

  • Ron Mackey

    Steve has definitely been drinking the DTC Kool Aid, he needs to go back to his old career as the Galloping Gourmet.

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      As a city Bridgeport has come to a point in time when all of the problems created by past administrations must be dealt with. Joe Ganim, in his political wisdom, has attracted the interest of a casino corporation. MGM is going full tilt with a public relations campaign in an effort to convince the local residents a casino would be good for Bridgeport. Their representatives have spoken of 6000+ permanent (semi-skilled) jobs and millions of dollars to the surrounding communities. (The advertisements are all over TV and the ‘Net.) None of it is a sure thing. The Mashentuckett Pequot and Mohegan tribes have made it clear they will challenge any efforts by MGM, an out-of-state carpetbagger, to encroach on their turf.

      And then there is the baseball stadium. Jim Koplik and company have made a pie-in-the-sky proposal to convert Bluefish Stadium into an outdoor ampitheater for concerts. Steven Auerbach has been drinking the Kool Aid, talking shit about the baseball team, saying they were drawing only 200 attendees per game on average. Shame in you, Mr. Auerbach. Get your facts straight. This was a successful year for the Bluefish, averaging 2600 per game. A lie is still a lie no matter how many times it is told.

      Joe Ganim cannot make the city work so he’s going to run for governor. In the meantime the city’s schools are still failing, the unemployment rate is higher than the state’s, the local economy is supported by EBT benefits and the profits from criminal activities. There are dozens of brownfields across the city, leeching toxic chemicals into the environment. the municipal payroll is clotted with people hired not for any actual job qualification but as a favor for the chairman of the Democratic Town Committee. Dozens of abandoned industrial properties are untaxable because of abatements given out by previous administrations, none of which took the longer view.

      The people of the city of Bridgeport have been poorly served by Ganim Second Movement and a corrupt party machine.

  • Lisa Parziale

    Kid, you are one of the best bloggers!

  • Steven Auerbach

    Ron Mackey, how did you ever get the impression that there is trouble in paradise? How did you ever get the impression that Mario was not 100 percent behind Joe? See my above comment. I say brilliant! I imagine investors want to see an aggressive candidate. 30 minutes outside of Bridgeport, people see the theaters,Steelepointe and the Amphitheater. Ganim may just have an amazing success story to tell in 2 years. Surely you can not believe that OIB.even remotely represents the pulse of the city.

    • Ron Mackey

      Steven Auerbach, trust me, Mario Testa is not happy about Joe Ganim running around the state seeking money on his own. Steve, let’s say a little birdie told me.

      • Jimfox

        I’m now sure Ganim could carry Bridgeport, maybe Mario’s trying to tell him something?

      • Steven Auerbach

        Ron Mackey, Lets just say there is no little birdie that would ever tell you about the relationship between Joe Gnim and Mario Testo. There just is not a source that you could ever get tht info from. Lets just say if there were you would reveal him-

        Lets just say that Brisgepot kid may be the best blogger. and continues to insult- would never lower myself to expose your pathetic existence on a public blog.

        Drinking koolaide and towing
        the party line for the machine? really. A bench warmer?

        for whom?

        Lets just say I will not be responding to the same crap from the same people that supported ganim while i supported Finch and now I am supporting Ganim you believe there is another second coming.

        Maria Perierra was going to tell all of her constituents to not vote for Ganim just prior to the election. Lisa Paraziale beg her not to. Well , we see how that played out. In the end I am happy with the results. To make comments that Ganim was changed after he got in office is absolutely ludicrice. Jim Fox and Lisa P were his biggest supporters . Ron Mackey and Donald Day liked Ganim but had their allegience to MJF- Honestly, I do not think anyon on the blog would be satisfied with any candidate. I am glad that I do not follow the few disgruntled , negative anti Ganim bloggers. Like a black cloud sucking the life and joy out of anyone that believes in the future of this city. Unlike Bob Walsh , Donald day and Jennifer Buchanon that post on OIB but no longer live here., If I close on a home in Shelton I can only assure you Bridgeport will be a fond memory. I thought Bill fInch was a good Mayor and I believe Joe Ganim is doing a fine job. When I feel different I will let you know.

        Back to Ron Mackey, Do you really believe there is anything that Joe Ganim does that Mario does not support? I think Joe Ganim and Mario could not be any closer and on the same page. That of course is my opinion. I don’t talk to birds.
        Ron M. Jim Fox, Bridgeprt Kid, JML. I do appreciate your responding to my posts. Unfortunately, My interest is dwindling when it comes to negative Bridgeport conversation.

        • Jimfox

          Steve A. I’m sure most of the bloggers on OIB would be very happy to underwrite the closing cost on your new Shelton home, if that what it takes to move your flucking Kool-Aid -Ass off this blog!

        • Ron Mackey

          Steve, the little birdie is Mario Testa saying what I post.

          • Ron Mackey

            Steve, seeing that you love to eat at different restaurants and you are a member of the DTC why don’t ask Mario yourself about why he’s not traveling around the state with Joe and how does he feel about Joe running for governor? Joe and Mario were a team before.

          • Steven Auerbach

            Ron, How does my pleasure of different restaurants have to do with Joe and Mario traveling together? What makes you think that Mario is not 100 percent behind Joe? Is this out of the Trump playbook? If you say something enough times people may believe you. ??

            Jim Fox, Thank you for your kind offer. I would appreciate it you can in box me on Facebook. I will give the particulars and you may take your collection. In advance, I thank you for your kind offer and want you to know I truly appreciate that.

          • Ron Mackey

            Steve, two points, Mario didn’t say anything to me but he did say something to a little birdie. Steve, Lisa got it right when she said, “Ron, I think it’s more like Vin Roberti didn’t invite either.” Steve when Joe ran for governor before Mario and Joe were a team running around the state seeking money and delegates but they are not doing it now.

          • Ron Mackey

            Steve, your pleasure of different restaurants and at Testo’s would allow you to engage Mario into a conversation about Joe becoming governor.

          • The Bridgeport Kid

            Ron,
            This thread made me laugh. Stevie A. is so full of himself now that he is a certified member of the DTC (and certifiably loony to boot) he is a self-appointed expert on All Things Democratic in Bridgeport. Apparently he is out of the loop.

        • The Bridgeport Kid

          “Negative Bridgeport conversation,” eh? Pull your head out of your ass. There is nothing negative here, just real speak. If you can’t hack it move to Shelton, shake your pom poms for Mark Lauretti. You’ll be right at home. 

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      So, Steven Auerbach drinks the Kool Aid and is now blind to the city’s ills. He ought to switch to decaf. 30 minutes outside Bridgeport the provincials see news reports of shootings, arrests, corrupt politicians, a convicted felon in the mayor’s office. Definitely NOT theaters, Steel Pointe or a nonexistent amphitheater. Motorists passing through on I-95 see abandoned buildings covered with graffitti.

      Joe Ganim is good at retail politics but he is still a felon that served seven years of a nine-year sentence for public corruption and racketeering, crimes for which he has never expressed remorse or even admitted to. Jesus H. Christ, he lied on the witness stand at his own trial. He has been unable to address the failing public school system, the violent crime, the unemployment rate, the industrial pollution left behind by carpetbagging corporate interests that closed their briefcases and left town when a cheaper labor pool was found overseas. The boarded buildings conceal a multitude of toxic chemicals leaking into the ground, the air, the water.  The Ganim administration did nothing about the rubber plant until an arsonist got his kicks for a second time. Court records document the fact that Joseph P. Ganim is a liar and a thief. The Honorable Barbara Bellis declined to reinstate his law license because he had not shown sufficient remorse for his criminal activities. (Her ruling was upheld by a panel of three Superior Court judges.) 

      But it’s all good for Joe. He crashed a meeting of Democratic fundraisers and made jokes about his criminal past and his unmitigated gall. That ought to open the check books…

        • LennieGrimaldi

          Sonny Fox needs a med ball.

        • Steven Auerbach

          Kid, everything you said about Ganim is true and he is aware of that. He went to jail and paid the pipper. He got a second chance. Those that voted for him were split- sme were convicted felons that saw light at the end of the tunnel for their own lives. Others remember that Ganim was in fact a fine Mayor for 10 years. 10 years of experience under his belt. Ganim was the come back kid. He shocked everyone accept for Jim Fox and Lisa Parziale that sang his praises daily. We all used the conviction against Joe. He won! How does one spend 4 years being miserable? Is there nothing he is doing that deserves credit? Would Rick Torrs have been a better Mayor? Mary Jane Foster?. Maybe you think Marilyn Moore would be a fantastic Mayor?

          I can not imagine what it was like for Mayor Ganim to be away from his beautiful wife and 3 kids. His personal loss was greater that his loss of his position and his career. Everyone on the outside looking in holding on to “his ” past is wasting their time. Ganim paid the price, gave his time against his will. Lost his wife and years away from his kids. He has been redeemed. At this point , I do not need Gaim to apologize for anything. I don’t drink koolaid. I am not the recipient of anything. I am a esident of Bridgeport, still. I support the Mayor and all projects that will create jobs in construction and longer term employemnt. I promised I would stay in this city until it was the place to be. Well, it is not the plce to be. We have couci people reporting daily gunshots blow by blow. I am not sure if that is a way to help attract any investments in this city. Those gunshots are real. I have loved living in the Beardsley Park area and Love the north end. I can not relate to the horrors of the Eastside. I would assume if those people are tired of this same thing daily they will vote for change.

          I feel bad for Black Rock, still carrying the biggest burden of taxes in the city. I still only see massive economic development as the ticket to change this. The school system is awful and I support charter schools. Sometime, you have to accept that you are in the wrong place. So with the daily posts of gushots, the fighting about every attempt for development and the failing schools maybe the city really just sucks more than I ever thought. I am tired of traveling nearly every weekend to get my dose of culture. I am sorry that we continue to elect officials that have no idea how important the arts are in a city. I rarely see any elected official at the symphony. What does this city have to attract millennials?

          Bridgeport Kid, I am not interested where you get your misguided facts. Harbor yard has been a failing venture for years. I am certain you don’t pay many bills. If you did you’d realize that a company, a restaurant, a Bass Pro and a Harboryeard can not wait forever. How many times did they have to be bailed out? When the ball park first opened it was a novelty. As the years passed the Ballpark became a failure. The tried everything to make it exciting. Now there will be a second chance with a professional group that have experience in what they are doing. This can be a Ganim success. G-d forbid. One thing is for sure I will attend, but most on this blog will not. They never do . They just complain. Thats all I have to say. Thank you for waking me up and making me see the light. The city is a disgusting mess. The litter in the streets make me want t vomit. I am tired of picking up garbage from neighbors that have no pride. I am tired of the grafitti on personal property I am sick and tired of the drip drip drip development in this city. Tired of people being non supportive of their Mayor. Tired of a vacant Stop and Shop on Madison Avenue. Tired of every big box retailer being in every town but Bridgeport. Tired of restaurants opening and closing downtown every few months. We really do live in a shitty welfare city and I am grateful that my eyes have been opened. Oh my G-d. I was blind and now I see. Why would anyone ever want to invest in this city? Can anyone blame Mayor Ganim for wanting to be Governor.? I used to think I lived in the park city but I guess I really live in the shit box of Connecticut. Syonara suckers – good luck digging yourselves out of this shitbox .

          • The Bridgeport Kid

            According stats published by Baseball Digest the Bridgeport Bluefish averaged just under 2800 attendance for home games this year.

            I got my facts from a reputable source. Where’d you get yours, from the men’s room wall at Trevi?

          • Steven Auerbach

            Kid- The Bluefish have failed- end of conversation – you idiot– Bridgeport Kid- Though I have heard that Trvi is a very nice place in Fairfield- I can not say I have ever ben there. I wouldn’t have a problem if you patronized that place. Bars are your favorite places to hang and I am certain you do not discriminate. Alcoholics rarely do. I do not think you can walk there from the hovel you live in nor do I think there is writing on any of the bathroom walls.

          • The Bridgeport Kid

            I don’t live in a hovel, Mr. Auerbach. Nor am I an alcoholic. You live in a glass house. Think twice before you throw stones. You may be embarrassed, or worse.

          • The Bridgeport Kid

            It’s typical that you throw stones when you end up losing an argument.

        • Steven Auerbach

          lol

          • The Bridgeport Kid

            Steve,
            I support the people if the city of Bridgeport. I support the office of the mayor. I also have the right as an American and a registered voter to criticize Joe Ganim for lack tangible success this time around. He conned the poor and disenfranchised into giving him another chance. From what I have been hearing on the street more than a few people regret voting for him. Now he wants to be governor, going off the reservation to a party he wasn’t invited to.

            You are just blinded by willful naïveté. Development is truly successful only if there is a greater good. In the past development   in Bridgeport has benefitted the occupant of City Hall more than anyone else. An amphitheater or a casino will create some long-term employment but that will no go far in curing the city’s longtime ills.  The streets are marred by litter, graffiti and bums panhandling for change to purchase another bottle of rotgut vodka or a few morsels of crack cocaine. The public school system is unable to meet the needs if students because the Board Of Education, an elected body, is politicized and hamstrung by tender egos, petty infighting and frivolous lawsuits filed by Maria Pereira. The decaying shells of abandoned buildings, slathered with graffiti, are the skyline motorists see from I-95. One of them burns occasionally. Every week there are shootings. But none of it matters to Joseph P. Ganim because he is going to campaign for governor. 

          • The Bridgeport Kid

            By the way,

            If Joe Ganim gave a damn about his wife and kids he wouldn’t have engaged in the criminal conduct that landed him in a federal prison.

      • Steven Auerbach

        Kid, everything you said about Ganim is true and he is aware of that. He went to jail and paid the pipper. He got a second chance. Those that voted for him were split- sme were convicted felons that saw light at the end of the tunnel for their own lives. Others remember that Ganim was in fact a fine Mayor for 10 years. 10 years of experience under his belt. Ganim was the come back kid. He shocked everyone accept for Jim Fox and Lisa Parziale that sang his praises daily. We all used the conviction against Joe. He won! How does one spend 4 years being miserable? Is there nothing he is doing that deserves credit? Would Rick Torrs have been a better Mayor? Mary Jane Foster?. Maybe you think Marilyn Moore would be a fantastic Mayor?

        I can not imagine what it was like for Mayor Ganim to be away from his beautiful wife and 3 kids. His personal loss was greater that his loss of his position and his career. Everyone on the outside looking in holding on to “his ” past is wasting their time. Ganim paid the price, gave his time against his will. Lost his wife and years away from his kids. He has been redeemed. At this point , I do not need Gaim to apologize for anything. I don’t drink koolaid. I am not the recipient of anything. I am a esident of Bridgeport, still. I support the Mayor and all projects that will create jobs in construction and longer term employemnt. I promised I would stay in this city until it was the place to be. Well, it is not the plce to be. We have couci people reporting daily gunshots blow by blow. I am not sure if that is a way to help attract any investments in this city. Those gunshots are real. I have loved living in the Beardsley Park area and Love the north end. I can not relate to the horrors of the Eastside. I would assume if those people are tired of this same thing daily they will vote for change.

        I feel bad for Black Rock, still carrying the biggest burden of taxes in the city. I still only see massive economic development as the ticket to change this. The school system is awful and I support charter schools. Sometime, you have to accept that you are in the wrong place. So with the daily posts of gushots, the fighting about every attempt for development and the failing schools maybe the city really just sucks more than I ever thought. I am tired of traveling nearly every weekend to get my dose of culture. I am sorry that we continue to elect officials that have no idea how important the arts are in a city. I rarely see any elected official at the symphony. What does this city have to attract millennials?

        Bridgeport Kid, I am not interested where you get your misguided facts. Harbor yard has been a failing venture for years. I am certain you don’t pay many bills. If you did you’d realize that a company, a restaurant, a Bass Pro and a Harboryeard can not wait forever. How many times did they have to be bailed out? When the ball park first opened it was a novelty. As the years passed the Ballpark became a failure. The tried everything to make it exciting. Now there will be a second chance with a professional group that have experience in what they are doing. This can be a Ganim success. G-d forbid. One thing is for sure I will attend, but most on this blog will not. They never do . They just complain. Thats all I have to say. Thank you for waking me up and making me see the light. The city is a disgusting mess. The litter in the streets make me want t vomit. I am tired of picking up garbage from neighbors that have no pride. I am tired of the grafitti on personal property I am sick and tired of the drip drip drip development in this city. Tired of people being non supportive of their Mayor. Tired of a vacant Stop and Shop on Madison Avenue. Tired of every big box retailer being in every town but Bridgeport. Tired of restaurants opening and closing downtown every few months. We really do live in a shitty welfare city and I am grateful that my eyes have been opened. Oh my G-d. I was blind and now I see. Why would anyone ever want to invest in this city? Can anyone blame Mayor Ganim for wanting to be Governor.? I used to think I lived in the park city but I guess I really live in the shit box of Connecticut. Syonara suckers – good luck digging yourselves out of this shitbox .

        • The Bridgeport Kid

          Don’t ket the door hit you in the ass.

        • The Bridgeport Kid

          By the way,

          Rick Torres would have been a great mayor, as would have Mary-Jane Foster. Either one would be leading the city forward at this point, not crashing parties in Litchfield County.

          • Ron Mackey

            I don’t know about Rick Torres being a great mayor because his ego would get in the way. I’m sure Mary Jane Foster would have been a great mayor.

          • The Bridgeport Kid

            Either would be a damned sight better than the sleaze ball we’re stuck with now.

  • Bob Walsh

    When he doesn’t get to Governorship he will say he did it to focus the state’s attention on Bridgeport. Such a noble act.

    He is a con man. Nothing more; nothing less. He will try anything to get your confidence and sell you down the river the minute he does not want or need you anymore.

    It is who Joe Ganim is.

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      That’s right. Joe Ganim is a con man, just another huckster selling snake oil, smoke and mirrors. He’s managed to avoid sticky questions about his past terms as mayor when he took bribes and shiok down developers. (And what about that license to practice law?) At this point Ganim is taking pages from the Donald Trump Playbook, gaslighting everyone to avoid admitting the truth. It’s only a matter if time before he starts railing about “fake news.”

  • Local Eyes

    Ever since Gov. Malloy bailed on Connecticut, he’s lost his political traction and created an opening for newcomers. Now we have gridlock and Hartford has become a place where future earnings have been spent (debt) and over promised for years to come.
    As for current needs, there’s only one dollar for every three dollars worth of promises!

  • Frank Gyure

    I have a question for OIB. Is the photo that accompanied this posting the actual photo of Joe Ganim trying to get into this fundraiser or was it a file photo? Also,if it was the real photo,how did OIB gain access to this pic? Thank you!

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      It is a photo from a photo op of Ganim mending a broken fence at Trumbull Gardens. He was sucking up to the residents.

      • Frank Gyure

        Then why was it posted along with the Main Title? It should have been noted as such. It’s called Journalism 101.

        • The Bridgeport Kid

          It was used to make a point. Ganim won re-election by catering to the poorer communities, those living in the public housing projects around town, those that feel disenfranchised and left out of the political process. (Donald Trump used the same strategy last year. His target demographic was underemployed and uneducated rednecks living in the trailer parks of the Midwest and south.) After the shooting at Trumbull Gardens Ganim made a big display of concern, opening an unauthorized police substation, meeting with tenants, mending the chain link fence they complained about. He was such an ass kisser. I’m surprised he didn’t open a barber shop to provide free haircuts for school children.

        • LennieGrimaldi

          Frank. My bad. A caption should have accompanied the photo from 2015 campaign when Ganim fixed a fence at Trumbull Gardens following spike in violent crime. It’s an example of showmanship he will bring to 2018 campaign.

  • Frank Gyure

    Btw..this has been an interesting conversation!

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    The Galloping Gourmutt fell silent…

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