Judge Rejects Lawsuit Seeking New Democratic Primary: Plaintiffs’ Claims Not Broad And Extensive

Callie Heilmann, left, founder of Bridgeport Generation Now Votes, with her attorney Prerna Rao, brought the lawsuit dismissed by the judge.

Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens on Thursday dismissed the lawsuit brought by supporters of Marilyn Moore that sought a new Democratic primary after she won on the machines but lost via absentee ballots to incumbent Joe Ganim. The judge ruled that while there were irregularities they were insufficient to change the outcome of the primary. Ganim won by 270 votes in the September 10 contest.

Stevens wrote in his decision “the totality of these issues advanced by the plaintiffs are not as broad and extensive as the plaintiffs claim and they fail to establish actual and serious, as compared to theoretical and and conjectural, mistakes in the count of the vote.”

Judge Stevens ruling is a worthy read, see here.

This means Tuesday’s general election will go forward with Ganim the Democratic nominee and Moore as a write-in candidate.

John Rodriguez is the Republican nominee while three others have filed the necessary paperwork to be counted as write-in candidates MaryAnn McLaine, Jeff Kohut and Ethan Book.

Judge Stevens ruled that much of the plaintiffs’ case centered on absentee ballot applications and not absentee ballots themselves.

From Judge Stevens’ decision:

Advocates of the lawsuit put their own spin on the judge’s decision.

Moore issued this statement:

“While I wasn’t a party to the case, I am happy it exposed just how deeply corrupt the absentee ballot harvesting operation of the Democratic Town Committee runs. This is why our Write-In campaign is so important. We are laser focused in our efforts to get the vote out on Nov 5th to end the corruption and bring real change to the people of Bridgeport. I trust the decision of the Judge. I am grateful to Bridgeport Generation Now Votes for their vision and dedication to free and fair elections.”

Niels Heilmann, also a leader in Generation Now, posted this observation in the OIB comments section:

The ruling itself had a lot of vindication in it. He essentially said the plaintiffs proved the defendants violated the law. Said there was proven and serious abuse in the AB process. In the end, he said the “heat of the evidence was not hot enough to meet the burden to overturn the entire primary.” He then editorialized that the violations are so severe and disturbing that he suggests the legislature address the issue and suggested making it illegal for political operatives to be involved at all w ABs in any way.

It does raise a question, however, for Moore to answer: what has she done in her five years in the State Senate to address election reform?

Statement from Ganim:

“Today is a testament to the voting rights of the people in Bridgeport. After several weeks of effort by a partisan group to reject the Primary Election results and disenfranchise more than 10,000 Democratic voters who participated in that election, the judge presiding over this case has dismissed the lawsuit.

“I’d like to thank the Judge for his patience in hearing all of the facts.  The result of his dismissal is a victory for our voters. It doesn’t matter if you vote at the polls or by Absentee ballot if eligible, a vote is a vote. The election will go forward on November 5th.

The unfortunate result of this case has been to intimidate our most vulnerable residents and attempt to take away their right to vote.  Many seniors, folks with disabilities, and others who are disenfranchised and regularly cast legitimate, legal absentee votes have become concerned about casting their ballot in November for fear of being accused of doing something wrong. We will do everything that we can as a campaign to make sure that every person who can and wants to participate in our Democracy has that opportunity.”

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  1. the ruling itself had a lot of vindication in it. He essentially said the plaintiffs proved the defendants violated the law. Said there was proven and serious abuse in the AB process. In the end, he said the “heat of the evidence was not hot enough to meet the burden to overturn the entire primary.” He then editorialized that the violations are so severe and disturbing that he suggests the legislature address the issue and suggested making it illegal for political operatives to be involved at all w ABs in any way.

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    1. The State won’t make any changes any time soon because those change will be for all cities and towns. Who is going to take to the legislature and form a coalition to address the issue and suggested making it illegal for political operatives to be involved at all with ABs in any way? We all know that Mario Testa and Mayor Joe Ganim won’t take the lead to the State.

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    2. No one needed a judge to declare that legislation addressing absentee ballots was needed.

      Marilyn Moore should have spearheaded absentee voter reform legislation years ago. This is not a new problem.

      It cannot only be an important issue when it negatively impacts your own election.

      This lawsuit made such a difference that over 1700 absentee ballots have been mailed out as of today’s AB Report.

      The necessity of Bridgeport Generation Now’s leadership to credit themselves with some type of significant achievement is troubling.

      And while their leadership is focused on “political operatives” please make sure Marilyn Moore’s “political operatives” are included as well.

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      1. That’s unfortunate that you dismiss this in such a way, Maria. I realize I’m just a tourist but it seems important that a Superior Court Judge made the comments he did. I realize you and many people may have historically said AB’s were an issue but I’d like to think Judge Stevens words carry a little more weight. Congratulations on continuing such a divisive narrative. I reckon BPT GEN NOW is not going anywhere.

        Sincerely, A Carpetbagger

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        1. Peter,

          I think I have not just complained about AB fraud, I have repeatedly done something about.

          I believe that I have filed more SEEC complaints over the last three years than anyone else in Bridgeport.

          Last year I created a flier in English and Spanish featuring AB Queen Lydia Martinez and her operative Sonia Belardo and a $6,000 fine that was imposed because of her rampant fraud.

          We spent hours going door to door in Augustana Homes and Fireside Senior Housing with the flier, we filed a copy of the SEEC Ruling with both management offices, we mailed the flier to all AB voters in the JFK Precinct.

          It created problems for these DTC operatives. We worked really hard to educate voters and the DTC operatives have been significantly diminished.

          There is a woman bedridden with ALS in Augustana. Her husband had always voted by AB. He works fulltime and has no illness or disability. We had to explain to him that he was not entitled to vote by AB because his wife was qualified to.We explained he had to go to JFK to vote.

          We ask him to vote at JFK each election, however he has not done so once.

          An AB “operative” would order him an AB and lock in that vote.

          We have not done it once.

          If we can accomplish this with just three people, every District can do it.

          You don’t need to harass voters that are ill, disabled, or seniors, or throw out the votes of over 10,000 voters.

          There are incredibly effective ways to do it without scaring or frightening the voters.

          Now if I believe the voters are knowingly engaged in AB fraud that is different.

          I currently have 12 AB complaints to file and will do so after November 5th.

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      2. Why is it troubling to you Maria that an organization made the effort to fight for what they believed in? I have noticed since this group began that they have made a huge effort to make the public aware of how the AB process is supposed to work, and by putting instructional videos and educating voters about AB process. Clearly AB’s are so far off the rails that someone needed to educate the public as to what the rules are. What is wrong with an informed community? Not denying they favored Marilyn, however does that disqualify them from voter education? Can you find anything in any of the information Gen Now put out there about AB process and how it works that is not true?

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    1. Hi Hector, respectfully, if a superior court judge deems the current common practices as warranting a change in the law, I dont think it’s a waste of time. Rather I think voters are now more educated as to their rights, and I think we can all build on what was learned to improve Bridgeport’s democracy.

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      1. Bridgeport Generation Now/Votes should never attempt to assert they are “non-partisan” again.

        Thank goodness they lost.

        Marilyn Moore has the audacity to take about the DTC “harvesting” absentee ballots while she had Betty Chappell,Troy Stevenson and Josephine Edmonds on her payroll “harvesting” absentee ballots.

        The hypocrisy is just ridiculous.

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    1. Give it up, donj. Moore has proven that she is not fit to be the chief executive of the city. She has also proven that she is unfit to serve in any elected capacity.

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  2. Really, there should be open, early voting in this state, as is done in quite a few others. Voting should be easy for citizens… Register to vote using fingerprints — or other such frau-defying means — for permanent voter ID, and then mail/e-mail it in (or have official workers collect ballots for those needing help.) And, of course keep the Election Day, in-person option…
    But all of these absentee-ballot, “sour grapes” election-fiascos in these parts do little to motivate citizens to want to be part of the process.
    And the offerings of platform-less and boiler-plate-/recycled-offerings-platforms from insincere/inept candidates ensures the low-enthusiasm/low -turnout elections that politically characterize Bridgeport and play into our languishment and economic cannibalization by the Gold Coast/suburbs — and also ensures that $/”machine”/factional politics prevails on Election Day…

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  3. Lennie, is this your commentary at the end or the article? “It does raise a question, however, for Moore to answer: what has she done in her five years in the State Senate to address election reform?

    I ask because our appears as if your political bias is showing! Wouldn’t Marilyn Moore be on an island with respect to that legislation considering every one of the Bridgeport delegation are the recipients of the Bridgeport DTC AB system? Wouldn’t she be on an island with respect to that legislation considering that every Democratic governor are recipients of the Bridgeport DTC AB system?
    C’mon man the least you can do is to Act like you don’t have a dog in that race!

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    1. DD, it’s a legitimate question to raise. The place where election reform is implemented is in the legislature. Chris Caruso managed to do it on the campaign finance front.
      If Marilyn Moore is an island in the legislature that’s her creation because her own peers in the delegation say she does not work well with them. As for a dog in this fight that’s the go to line every time Moore is even remotely criticized for action she could have taken in the legislature. You blowtorch Joe Ganim here on a regular basis. God forbid anyone criticize Marilyn. This whole court case occurred for one reason: Marilyn failed to petition onto the general election. She had no ballot line so her supporters ran into court. She had five years to do something meaningful about absentee ballot reform in the state legislature and did nothing.

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    2. From the time that Joe Ganim first got elected as mayor to now there have been big time problems with absentee voting but Joe Ganim, and Mario Testa have NEVER said anything about making correction or seeking the legislature to make changes. The City Council will say and do absolutely NOTHING.

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  4. This reminds me of a story told by a Bridgeport pol.
    The first time Philippe Renoso ran he won in a nail biter. He went down to City Hall to wait for the AB’s and official tally.
    Two years later it was another close election but not as close as the first. And he was the DTC endorsed candidate. When he saw the vote totals he proclaimed it was down to City Hall to check the AB’s.
    Someone said to him “Don’t worry. Your with the cheaters this time.” He said “oh, that’s right. Let the celebration begin.

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    1. Bob, The first time he ran he was endorsed and lost in fact he ran twice before he won. When he won there wasn’t a Law that made ID’s at the polling place were Mandatory, they bought in school bus loads of Voters without ID, there were more than 20 pages alone of Voters who voted without ID at Bassick, You also spelled his name wrong (both first and last). I understand that’s how it may have been signed on someone’s petition though.

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  5. Fight back!!!!
    Call 203-690-1566. Tell them you need a ride to the vote. Tell them you are at the new mall in Norwalk. Tell them you’ll wait by the front entrance.
    Wait ten minutes.
    REPEAT.

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  6. I think we all new that this would be the ruling that came out. Did the judge say that the legislature should take a look at the voting in the future? Lmao!!! They are the ones that allow this crap to happen. #CORRUPTICUT

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  7. Maria, I know you aren’t talking about harvesting absentee ballots because you had more than Marilyn just in one district and hers were from ten districts.

    Lennie, why is the absentee ballot legislation just a Senator Moore job and not the job of every Bridgeport legislator? Why should she be more invested in AB legislation, because it came back to bite her in the ass? Why aren’t all the Bridgeport legislators invested in AB legislation because the way it’s being used is immoral, wrong and unjust? Oh I got it, it’s just the Black women’s job to care if the rules of AB is being misused!

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    1. Actually, I received 186 AB votes while Marilyn Moore received 307.

      I agree that what these specific data points demonstrate is that I know what the hell I’m doing and Marilyn Moore doesn’t.

      Yesterday, 4 separate voters called or texted me to let me know they completed their ballots or assisted their parents in completing them and that they were in the mail.

      I hadn’t called or texted a single one of those voters. They reached out to me unsolicited to keep my updated on the status of those absentee ballots.

      I had a retired firefighter call me last week. He was upset because he voted for Samia and I on Row A for City Council, however he forgot to vote for our BOE slate on Row D. He was so upset even though I repeatedly told him it was okay.

      I just ordered him a replacement and he proudly called me to tell him he voted for me in both places and had personally handed the ballot to the mailman.

      I hope this helps demonstrate that I have cultivated real relationships with my neighbors.

      Once voters understand you are honest, ethical and really invested in them they trust you enough to take your advice on a variety of issues including whether they are legally allowed to vote by absentee ballot.
      .

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  8. One more thing Lennie, I excoriate Mayor Ganim’s ass, as I’m not to sure about blow torching him as this word isn’t in my vernacular. As to criticism toward Senator Moore, one would think that opinions are better left to the posters rather than the moderator, who one would think is unbiased. Just saying.

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    1. DD, for 10 years I have made it very clear every human being on the planet is biased. There’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone has a point of view counter to another. As host and moderator I have written often that I am biased, but I’m fair. If you don’t like what I write you call me out on it. You’re the antidote. My opinion on this site is not worth more than anyone else. Some argue it’s worth less. In 2014 all the Anthony Musto supporters took me to task because I was “shilling” for Marilyn Moore who defeated him in a Democratic primary on her way to the State Senate. You liked it then but you don’t it now. DD, I am not an ideologue. I write from the perspective of a campaign strategist. Joe Ganim ran an awful primary campaign. Marilyn Moore ran an awful primary campaign. She hasn’t improved as a candidate. Her whole campaign is I’m not Joe Ganim. You’re mad at me because I call out your candidate’s gaffes? Joe Ganim gets his ass whooped in the OIB comments section every day. Do the Moore supporters spend any time building her up in the comments section? No. Because you don’t know what she stands for other than she’s not Joe Ganim.

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    2. Don, Lennie must be having one those senior movements because Mr. Bridgeport History expert doesn’t reference the past history of absentee voting issues, you would think that Marilyn Moore should be the person to make the changes for AB problems. Here’s a little history on the topic:

      “Absentees: Early ballots bring victories, sometimes fraud”
      By Keila Torres Ocasio and Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writers
      Updated 5:22 pm EDT, Tuesday, October 25, 2011
      https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Absentees-Early-ballots-bring-victories-2231984.php

      BRIDGEPORT — “Goal: 1,200 absentee applications,” read a sign hanging in Mayor Bill Finch’s campaign headquarters last month.
      By the time polls opened at 6 a.m. on Sept. 27, that goal had been surpassed — more than 1,300 applications were turned in and nearly 900 ballots returned. Before the first paper ballot was marked, Finch already had a 420-vote lead over Democratic challenger Mary-Jane Foster on Primary Day, the fruits of a well-organized absentee ballot operation.

      “There hasn’t been an absentee ballot operation like this since 2002, when Paul Ganim, the probate judge, beat Kevin Boyle,” said Leonard Grimaldi, the creator of the “Only in Bridgeport” blog and a man who has been involved in Bridgeport politics for decades.

      Back then, Boyle beat Ganim at the polls, but lost once the absentees were counted.”Typically, when no one is playing games, the absentee ballot totals will reflect the poll totals,” Grimaldi said.

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      1. Ron, you obviously have no problem with Marilyn Moore paying $2,000 in campaign dough to Betty Chappell, convicted of absentee ballot fraud and forgery last year, right? Court testimony revealed that absentee ballot irregularities existed in both campaign camps including Moore’s. You can cite a whole bunch of Democratic operatives you don’t like involved in absentee ballot scams. But when Moore hires someone freshly off an absentee ballot felony, that’s okay.

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          1. It has a lot to do with it. Marilyn Moore is no different than any other politician. You can cut the hypocrisy with a chain saw. She can’t scream about absentee ballots when she did nothing to reform the system as a state senator and paid a campaign staffer $2,000 who was convicted of absentee ballot fraud and forgery felonies last year. The freshest person charged with absentee ballot abuses is in the Moore camp.

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          2. Lennie, you keep talking about Marilyn Moore, I have disagree with you about Marilyn Moore, my point is much bigger Marilyn Moore, I’m talking about what Judge Barry Stevens was talking after his decision, that the violations are so severe and disturbing that he suggests the legislature address the issue and suggested making it illegal for political operatives to be involved at all w ABs in any way. The past history of voters fraud has nothing to do with past and the fact Joe Ganim, Bill Finch, Mario Testa, the City Council and the DTC, NOBODY wants to address issues of absentee voting. Even if everything you said about Marilyn Moore is true that has nothing to do with what I’m saying. You can blame Marilyn Moore for her wrong doings but the issue is much bigger, I rather address what Judge Stevens suggested.

            “City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez Fined For Absentee Ballot Fraud”
            December 15, 2011

            City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez, the queen of absentee ballots, agreed last month to pay a $500 fine for assisting a voter completing an absentee ballot during a primary for Martinez’ council seat in 2009. Ironically, as Martinez was working through her issues with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, she was in the middle of a flurry of absentee ballot activity during the latest primary challenge against her in September.
            This is not the first time Martinez has been sanctioned by the SEEC. She was found “liable to pay $664 to the Citizens’ Election Fund for the excess expenditures” her campaign committee made for her failed run for the State House in 2008. Maybe next time elections officials fine her they’ll make it four figures.

            Martinez, according to a consent order she signed, assisted the voter at Harborview Towers, a high-rise senior housing complex on the city’s East Side that Martinez targets for absentee ballot votes. The complaint was brought by Rosemary Wong, a veteran city political operative. A section from the SEEC findings.
            http://onlyinbridgeport.com/wordpress/lydia-martinez-fined-for-absentee-ballot-fraud/

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  9. Well, I bet Moore is relieved she doesn’t have to go through a do over..Now she can just go back to Hartford, where she wants to be, and go about her life, while it’s back to “business “ as usual for Mario& Joe.

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  10. It’s ironic that it seems that if Marilyn Moore herself did indeed put her name on this directly she had a better standing in the case than this non-aggrieved, secondary party that Lennie, Maria and Joe Ganim all consider wholly partisan and directly operative of Marilyn. A really good read though, I must say.

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  11. Lennie, bravo in articulating your position and why you do and say what you say, but nothing in addressing my question to you. So let me put it context for you.

    Why is it as you question, what has she done in her five years in the State Senate to address election reform? You say nothing about Jack
    Hennessy being there for 14yrs or Charlie Stallworth being there 8 yrs or Andre
    Baker Jr., Christopher Rosario
    and Steven Stafstrom all being there the the same year’s as Senator Moore and none of them addressed election reform or tried to change the vileness policies of Absentee Ballots as utilized by Mayor Ganim, Mario and the DTC? Why is it a Marilyn Moore problem and nor a Bridgeport legislator problem? Again, Just saying!

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    1. DD, other members of the legislative delegation aren’t being holier-than-thou about absentee ballots out of convenience. If that happens I’ll call them out on it. A true leader rallies legislative peers on core-value issues. She had the chance and didn’t do it. She complained when it became a messy loss by her own doing. I could list a dozen reasons.

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      1. BAM! BAM! BAM!

        I am so in love with Lennie Grimaldi right now that I want him to divorce Maureen so that I can ask him to marry me.

        XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO!

        Preach,Lennie! PREACH!

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  12. Lennie, how was the abuse of ab’s in the primary a messy loss of her own doing? Not overseeing the signatures to get on the ballot on the WFP line was her own doing, but you know as well as I that she can’t compete with ya boy Mayor Ganim, Mario and the DTC in using the AB system to their advantage. Doing what’s right is the responsibility of every political leader and not just the ones who are hurt by bullshit. When you hold accountable the inactions of one, hold accountable the inactions of everyone who isn’t fighting for fair and honest elections, even though all you failed to hold accountable all the DTC puppets that have more likely than not benefited from the DTC and its ability to misuse ab’s to its advantage.

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    1. Your home girl never owned up to screwing up the WFP debacle. Her answer to the press about swearing and subscribing her circulation faux pas was ” semantics”. Wrong answer. My dog ate my paperwork or my toilet overflowed would have been more acceptable.

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    2. Donald Day, as much as y’all Mooremons don’t want to talk about the petitions and Moore’s personal role in screwing it all up for herself, That’s where it all started and ended. Had Marilyn Moore personally handled the AB operation, she would have been up to her neck with SEEC complaints in addition to falsely claiming being the circulator of at least two petitions.

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  13. Maria, act your age not your shoe size! BAM? REALLY? That’s bullshit coming from someone who fancies herself as intelligent! Sad, sad, sad! BAM? LOL, SAD, SAD, SAD!

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    1. Don, at this point I’m surprised you have the energy to still harass Maria. If you spent a fraction of the time you spend belly aching on OIB actually helping to organize the mess of Senator Moore’s campaign, maybe she wouldn’t be in the current predicament.

      But go ahead, continue to tear down a woman who actually works hard and knows her stuff while you blindly praise a completely incompetent candidate.

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      1. Lennie,

        I am withdrawing my marriage proposal. Women are simply fickle that way. 🙂

        Steven Green, are you married?

        I just fall in love with anyone that can put Donald Day and Ron Mackey in their place. 🙂

        I am hearing wedding bells while Ron Mackey’s and Donald Day’s ears are just ringing.

        OUCH!

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  14. Donald Day, you say, in regard to Marilyn Moore not proposing/presenting AB/election-law during two State Senate terms; “…Wouldn’t Marilyn Moore be on an island with respect to that legislation considering every one of the Bridgeport delegation are the recipients of the Bridgeport DTC AB system? Wouldn’t she be on an island with respect to that legislation considering that every Democratic governor are recipients of the Bridgeport, DTC AB system?…” The answer to that question is YES! But isn’t taking the lead, and taking risks to further the well-being of others, what LEADERSHIP — and being the mayor of a city — are all about?!

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    1. Correct, Jeff- but what has Marilyn Moore ever taken the lead on? How many bills and she- herself- introduced in the last five years? I’ve noticed she likes to take credit for jumping on the progressive band wagon long after the work has been done by other legislators. Leadership does not describe the current senator from the 22nd district- she merely does what she is told.

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    2. On point, Jeff!

      Jeff, I have had quite a few voters ask me who I am voting for.

      I explain I am writing you in and voting for you. I have had about 20 AB voters indicate they were going to vote for you too!

      I hope they keep their word!

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    3. Jeff Kohut, you what to criticize Senator Moore, well Jeff where is your written proposal to change the absentee voting abuse, you write about everything else and you want to be mayor, well now where is your legislation? I must have miss your criticism of the leadership of Mayor Ganim, Bill Finch, the entire City Council Mario Testa and the DTC, where your outrage?

      Hey Jeff, where has your voice been City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez (now the elected City Clerk) was fined For Absentee Ballot Fraud?” Again, December 15, 2011 City Councilwoman Lydia Martinez, the queen of absentee ballots, agreed last month to pay a $500 fine for assisting a voter completing an absentee ballot during a primary for Martinez’ council seat in 2009. Ironically, as Martinez was working through her issues with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, she was in the middle of a flurry of absentee ballot activity during the latest primary challenge against her in September.

      This is not the first time Martinez has been sanctioned by the SEEC. She was found “liable to pay $664 to the Citizens’ Election Fund for the excess expenditures” her campaign committee made for her failed run for the State House in 2008. Maybe next time elections officials fine her they’ll make it four figures.

      Let’s blame Marilyn Moore for not correcting voting abuse and for not changing State law because Senator job was to solve the problem while everybody else waits for her results, right Jeff?

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  15. Jeff, you are typical of every white person that I’ve ever known, expect a higher standard of excellence of a Black legislator than you expect from her white counterparts. Damn shame, but typical whitey.
    Steven, you know as well as I do that Maria is a well informed clown who has been an embarrassment to the BBOE and will prove to be the same as a city council person. She didn’t do one thing to uplift the education of Black and Brown children in Bridgeport during her entire time on said board! What has any white legislator bought to the city, like Jack Hennessy who’s been up there for 17 years, or doesn’t he count because he’s white?
    Maria, no one put me in my place which is typical white speak, again, which I’ve heard my whole life, put the nigga in his place, right? You are and have always been a classless clown. Lennie and I exchanged ideas and philosophies and never said anything that bordered on disrespect and shared intelligent conversations back and forth so there was no need to put me my place.
    Nine fingers, here’s a finger for you and just because a mistake was made on you’re birth certificate you’re still not white, but a nine fingered fool and an ignorant Puerto Rican! I have good news for you nine finger, you’re just ignorant and not stupid and ignorance can be overcome, but stupidity is forever. Do yourself a favor and work on your ignorance!

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    1. Donald Day, how dare you talk like that to whites people, you know you better get in your place. It has always been the right and power of whites to put us back in our place if we as blacks speak out. Malcolm pulled that curtain back on whites years ago the same way that Toto did when he pulled the curtain on the Wizard, times are different now.

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    2. Donald Day,

      If you represent class, tolerance, and enlightenment then my real identity is Michele Obama.

      Do have any other argument you can use to debate any issue other than race?

      I am Portuguese and of European descent, therefore I am white.

      I am not Puerto Rican, nor have I ever claimed to be.

      YOUR ignorance is on full display.

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    3. Day, how is it descendence of Portuguese white yet descendence from Spain, who speak a similar language and are from the same peninsula in Europe non-white?

      Yes, you and Lennie exchanged ideas and philosophy yet they never added up. Like corruption, you don’t mind it as long as you are not on the losing end of it. Let’s not forget your one said white people love Moore and Blacks with never vote for a Puerto Rican. Was that your ideas and philosophy speaking or your ignorance?

      Maria let not forget Day’s racism and misogyny are also on display in his ideas and philosophy.

      P.S Stupidity can be overcome, especially with an ESL Class in OIB. That’s your ignorance and philosophy speaking. However, the Devil and its minions on Earth will do everything the Lord allows, to keep you that why. Since I believe you claimed, you have two Benz your ignorance and philosophy have been kind to you in your struggle for change. And your stupidity remake to Nine fingers, who give one up in the hope of ending gun violence in the Port was stupid in many ways, but I will never doubt his sacrifice and sincerity to wanting to stop the gun violence in the Port. JS

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzt5OSf739U

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  16. Maria, please, Marilyn Moore didn’t “has the audacity to take about the DTC “harvesting” absentee ballots while she had Betty Chappell, Troy Stevenson and Josephine Edmonds on her payroll “harvesting” absentee ballots.” contrary to Lennie’s description Moore didn’t fumble the ball in regards to her not getting on the ballot. She was blindsided by her own team and Gen Now just kicked the can give hope to people like donj up until the general election. Now that’s corruption.

    Lennie did call it this was a lackluster campaign by Moore and Joe for that matter with one debate that Joe everyone on the dais eat him up, Even Brook, who has just a slight end or me in the ran and that’s because I not running. 🙂

    And Joe still only won by a few hundred votes. It wasn’t because of Moore’s accomplishments in the Hartford or personally, it was because of the current environment of Trump, she was black enough for the racist game.

    Since Moore was relegated to a write-in candidate’s there are two questions. will her blackness overcome the blindside or should I say will the rigged of the entire system give us Trump moment and waking up to find Joe lost?

    And the second question is regard to the corruption in the ABs system that no one here on OIB seems to really care about because they don’t care about fixing the corruption just one when it goes against their side. Because the last time I check If Moore loses she still is a Senator who can fix it. That should be her statement off base, “I am happy it exposed just how deeply corrupt the absentee ballot harvesting operation of the Democratic Town Committee runs. This is why our Write-In campaign is so important.” No, you were winning will not fix the current system as Mayor, considering Maria’s statement on the operative you hired to harvest AB’s but as Senator, you can and the declaration needs to be heard on November 6 if she loses.

    As of now, the question is Moore black enough to win as a write-in candidate.

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    1. RT,
      I have not abandoned OIB or the opportunity to learn what many are thinking about “governance” in Bridgeport. But I was surprise in reading through almost 70 comments thus far that I sense that you have a better grasp of the moment than many others who are celebrating e.g. the arrival of their 10th DD coffee of the day; another marriage proposition, or not; what really was going on in the Moore back office with hiring, firing and wiring? etc.
      The fact is that our current AB system along with election day administration is the incumbent “home field advantage” so often sought. However, in this past week we have observed a complete reversal of such advantage in the WIN by Washington Nationals this past Wednesday evening in the last three innings where they sat down 2-0 in Houston. Three innings later as the Houston batter struck out, the score stood 6-2 and there was little joy in Houston. (This had nothing to do with NASA thankfully.)
      This thread, with multiple joyous posters, has allowed our host, Len Grimaldi, to share his reasoning, his practice and process and his admission of his own bias, but insistence on his fairness as well, more than any in memory.
      Personally, there is much to be done in Bridgeport. What candidate is looking for team mates to produce that which is truly necessary in the next few years with integrity? Time will tell.

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      1. JML, if I think what you are thinking the game is not over so the celebration is premature. That is true. It’s not over until the fat lady sings. However when speaking of advantages and disadvantages you can not say Moore being a write-in candidate is beneficial. Can’t blame Joe or AB’s for that.

        I will differ on the word bias to more of inclination. Everyone has an inclination. With that being said, yes the incumbent generally has the home field advantage and if Moore pulls off a ninth inning victory she will have the home field advantage, No? Which goes to Lennie’s point Moore as a Senator make no attempts to even the playing field. JS

        who knows made NASA did have something to do with the National’s fat lady.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN6uPD5fPfU

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  17. I referred to nine fingers and if you have ten fingers then common sense would tell your stupid ass that I wasn’t addressing you as Puerto Rican. No matter what you say you are a classless white woman who hasn’t done one productive thing for the Black and Brown children in the Bridgeport school system. Like I said to nine fingers (Joel) he’s just just ignorant and not stupid and ignorance can be overcome, but stupidity is forever, That’s You, plain old stupid.

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  18. Don, Maria again makes my point, her white superiority allows her to analyze you and to tell what is wrong with you. She seems to be doing a lot of that but white is right.

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  19. Ron, I certainly read between the lines of Maria’s supposedly white superiority by trying to diagnose my mental state. What next Maria, you and I talking a psychological exam? LOL My suggestion to you lady would be continue to be a pain in the ass of the city council like you were to the BBOE so you can show the city how they wasted their vote for you! It’s going to happen because you’re, you!

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  20. DON-RON: You are so angry and obsessed with race that you can’t muster a clear thought about anything. It’s a sad reflection of how you have allowed the racism in this country to damage you and limit your objective thinking… And just for the record, I just wrote a little comment on the absentee-ballot issue on OIB yesterday. Shouldn’t be too hard to find and understand if you can focus on the content rather than the WHITE GUY that wrote it…

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  21. That’s just great Jeff, how you can now put yourself in the place of two Black men that have endured racism and discrimination their entire lives. It’s truly amazing how you know what’s in the hearts and minds of two Black men that you don’t know, that you’ve never had any substantial conversations with! Are you able to do this through white privilege or white superiority? Either way I can sure you that know nothing that we are obsessed about Race or otherwise.

    My advice to you is to hit the street and get some informed Bridgeport residents to vote for a fella that hasn’t said one thing off substance in your pursuit of City Hall. Those twenty ab’s that Maria got for you won’t amount to a hill of beans in your final count in this election. You and Tony Barr have a lot on common, visions of grandeur.

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  22. Don & Ron
    A single State Senator from Bport is no match for the SOTS or the SEEC at the capital.
    But if Lennie says it so, well, it’s his blog and he right all of the time.

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    1. Bob, it looks like Lennie is losing his edge and it reads like he’s drinking that Maria Pereira juice because he’s starting to sound like her. Bob, have you notice how in the past how much Maria hated Joe Ganim and Mario Testa for flat funding the education for the 21,000 plus Bridgeport school students, and how they orchestrated boycott against Maria where Dennis Bradley the BBOE President held up the business of educating school children until Maria resign from the BBOE but Maria turned her anger and venom on to Senator Marilyn Moore instead of Joe Ganim and how that slip past Lennie and now how Lennie is going after Marilyn for not running a perfect campaign especially about absentee voting and how Marilyn didn’t lead the charge for change in Hartford about voting fraud. Bob, you see that governor Ganim has NEVER said anything about voter fraud, not a word but it’s Marilyn fault.

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  23. Ron & Don
    Could you imagine if Marilyn made Absentee Ballot reform her number 1 priority up in Hartford?
    What would Lennie be saying about the monies not coming to Bport because she was to involved in some trivial matters that wouldn’t papa any how?
    What would Lennie be saying about how you have to take care of the bacon above anything else if you want to be a successful politician?
    What would Lennie be saying about Marilyn being to interested in running for mayor and trying to fix the AB’s (especially if it didn’t pass) and not doing her job up in Hartford?
    And the list goes on.
    But that’s the great thing about second guessing. You know the old saying. Those who can DO and those who can not coach.
    Call him Coach Grimaldi from here on out.

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    1. Bob, according to Lennie, Marilyn Moore is either Satan or Lucifer concerning absentee voting plus Marilyn didn’t make any changes in the State Senate about voting abuse. Bob, I think that I found the reason for Lennie’s thinking, it’s love.

      Maria Pereira says:
      October 31, 2019 at 10:17 pm
      BAM! BAM! BAM!
      I am so in love with Lennie Grimaldi right now that I want him to divorce Maureen so that I can ask him to marry me.
      XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO!
      Preach,Lennie! PREACH!

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