Write-in candidate for mayor Jeff Kohut declares background noise is drowning out an issues-based campaign.
(Maybe Bridgeport’s development prerogatives are being overwhelmed because of our accommodation of Trumbull’s, per our hosting of their sanitary sewage, development needs?! Something stinks here–and has for almost 60 years.)
What has been lacking in almost every Bridgeport mayoral campaign for the past 25+ years has been real issues. “Corruption” is the one constant issue in essentially every political race, but it usually doesn’t take center stage when there is at least one pragmatic candidate in the race. In Bridgeport, we rarely have pragmatic candidates dedicated to addressing bread-and-butter issues with real vision and ideas to progress toward the vision. In Bridgeport, “the corruption!” is almost always the stupidly played, one-note tune of mayoral campaigns, as it has been this year. We are now seeing the fruits of that.
Every government entity in the world has some element(s) of corruption. Bridgeport has its share, but so do all the other municipalities in our state. Stamford was notorious for very serious corruption all during their economic ascendance, during the early part of which a police department drug-dealing operation was in operation. Yet, investors weren’t hesitant to pour money into concrete ideas for Stamford development. But political operatives in Bridgeport–short on vision and creative solutions to our socioeconomic dilemma–will always blame “the corruption”/”the mafia” for our failure to thrive, and run one-issue–non-issue–campaigns about the corruption, corruption, corruption, corruption …, while other cities with just as much “corruption” (e.g., Fairfield, STAMFORD, Westport, Greenwich …) thrive, and laugh at us as we chase our tails blaming our internal “corruption!” for our failure to thrive, even as the wealthy towns of the region rig the development deck against us in Hartford/D.C. making sure that we are denied significant development (e.g., a casino) that might divert their affordable labor/(“paid-for”) commuting labor force, which they don’t have to host/provide housing and services for even as they accumulate and maintain huge tax bases and low tax rates (while Bridgeport must pay to host the “regional” labor force).
So: Let the court put this latest, ill-conceived mayoral campaign out of its misery, rule “insufficient evidence” for election rigging, and allow a real campaign, with real, relevant, bread-and-butter issues to take place before November 5.