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McCarthy’s State Senate Message: Together We Can Do Better

July 21st, 2016 · 42 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

McCarthy first mailer

McCarthy mailer.

City Council President Tom McCarthy has issued his first mail piece in his quest to defeat freshman State Senator Marilyn Moore in an August 9 Democratic primary, highlighting his public service and building coalitions to bring people together.

Some of the issues the mailer touches on are investing more in education, fixing a broken property tax system and raising wages.

“I’ve dedicated my life to public service,” McCarthy declares in the mailer. “I have a 15-year track record of success building coalitions and bringing people together … Together we can do better!”

Connecticut’s 22nd Senate District covers one-third of Bridgeport, all of Trumbull and a piece of Monroe. Moore won the seat two years ago knocking off incumbent Anthony Musto in a primary on her way to a general election win. Musto, Trumbull’s town treasurer, is an active McCarthy supporter.

The mailer also lists a number of officials supporting McCarthy’s candidacy such as Trumbull Town Chair Tom Kelly, Black Rock District Leader Danny Roach who is also Mayor Joe Ganim’s chief of staff, and City Council members Mary McBride-Lee, Jeanette Herron, Michelle Lyons, AmyMarie Vizzo Paniccia, John Olson, Evette Brantley and Katie Bukovsky.

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42 Comments so far ↓

  • Andrew C Fardy

    Bullshit. You helped screw up this city and now you have this motto. FU.

  • Tom Kelly

    Kelly Cruise Missiles McCarthy Campaign!

    I had three calls today regarding this piece questioning if it was me. Slick piece that wrongly spells Steelpointe Harbor! I’m not endorsing anyone but just telling people to: “Vote Their Conscience!”

    • Bob Walsh

      Tom Kelly,
      You f’n traitor!!!
      Kelly is picking the white boy from Bridgeport. Nice.
      Moore subtle messaging.
      Of course TK is not demanding a public apology, is he?

      • Tom Kelly

        Play that funky music, white boy! I’m not endorsing anyone. Vote your conscience unless you’re a conscientious objector.

        It was a slick piece that was a Bridgeport piece and should have not included that TK from Trumbull.

    • Zena Lu

      Slick? It’s overcrowded, not readable, has no platform, and is a demographic travesty. Not so slick. They have $100K, why not hire a decent graphics person?

  • Frank Underwood

    He can have ‘em all!

  • Bob Walsh

    Well, all white! Nice mailer. Another subtle message to get across to his peeps in Monroe and Trumbull.

  • Grin Ripper

    It’s a Bridgeport-Centric piece. He’s Mr. Machine!
    m.youtube.com/watch?v=fgIm1mJCyRU

    • Lisa Parziale

      I’m going to try to post this with a straight face. This poor man deluded himself into thinking he was Mayor instead of a councilperson. He claims to have Revitalized Downtown Bridgeport, Spearheaded Steelpointe Harbor, AND HE PASSED THE LARGEST INCREASE IN EDUCATION FUNDING IN DECADES ALONG WITH PROVIDING THOUSANDS OF CONSTRUCTION JOBS. He also claims to have a 15-year track record of building coalitions and bringing people together. Now what he left out was he earned over 1 Million Dollars in taxpayers’ money, holding a City job while serving on the city council. Because of his unethical character there’s a bill pending in Hartford to stop anyone from ever violating a city charter while ripping off taxpayers. He also forgot to mention when he was forced to decide between his job or the council seat, he demanded and received an additional $35,000, plus a year of free medical insurance before he finally left his $130,000 a year position. One more thing and I’m off for now, he listed “notables” who are endorsing his run for the State Senate, hold onto your seats because this is big, bigger than the Trump convention: Tom Kelly, Danny Roach, Dennis Scinto, Mike Freddino Katie Bukovsky, Scott Burns, Lydia Martinez, Sue Brannelly, Mary McBride Lee, Anthony Musto and oh so many more important people, too many to mention. If you don’t live in the 22nd Senatorial District, you must ask someone who does to get you this piece. There should be a law against misrepresentation of claims when one runs for a political office, but then silly me, we have a local law that clearly stated he was in a conflicted position for ten years and he violated it without blinking an eye.

  • Zena Lu

    Mighty whitey. Poorly designed, and no platform. What in hell could he possibly say anyway? Spending all the money trying to steal the election via absentee ballot no doubt and no surprises. Yawn.

    • Frank Underwood

      This is what happens when you try to unseat someone who is doing the job. I don’t see why Marilyn deserves to be challenged other than the Dem Machine holding grudges.

      I guess we live in a world where politicians fail upward, constituents are left by the wayside, and good government leaders have to fight to hold their power.

      Good news is, Tom has too much baggage. It’s “weighing” him down.

  • Ron Mackey

    Tommy, great picture, wink wink, I got the message loud and clear, wink wink.

  • Tom White

    Ron Mackey, even I can see this is a dog whistle brochure. How dare he pose for a picture with his family who are all white people? Democrats from Bridgeport should not tolerate it.

    • Ron Mackey

      Tom White, you really are still upset when I called you out about the term “dog whistle.” Back to this mailer from Tommy, now I wear glasses so maybe I’m not seeing everything but are there any people of color in the 22nd Senate District and if there are I only notice one black, Councilwoman Rev. Mary Lee, so are there others in any of these pictures?

    • Bob Walsh

      Tom White,
      Since you seem to know a lot about Tommy Mac’s family, can you point out which one of his brothers in the photo is the one he got a job for with the Board of Ed?
      Just curious.

  • Ron Mackey

    Councilwoman Rev. Mary Lee is supporting Tommy because she has been told Mario and Ganim will support her to take Tommy’s place as the City Council President IF Tommy is elected to the State Senate.

  • Bob Walsh

    PAGING MARSHALL MARCUS!!!
    PAGING MARSHALL MARCUS!!!

    Urgent request/explanation from Marshall Marcus needed immediately.

    I received a mailing from OUR State Senator Marilyn Moore in which it is stated during the past year she worked to get Trumbull an 18.6% increase in state funding.
    She worked to get Monroe a 4.8% increase.
    While Bridgeport received a modest 3.3% increase.
    Why have you been spreading these lies about our State Senator?
    Why have you continuously said she is only concerned about Bridgeport?
    And how much of an increase is it that Tommy McCarthy has promised Trumbull that leads you to say he will do more for Trumbull?
    Sir, you owe Senator Moore a huge apology for spreading lies in order to help the white guy from Bridgeport defeat our incumbent African American State Senator.
    Shame on you!!!

  • Bob Walsh

    He must be a shill for McCarthy!!!
    SHILL
    noun: shill; plural noun: shills
    1. an accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others.

  • Pete Spain

    In addition to endorsements from nine City Council Members, who under Tom McCarthy’s leadership unanimously approved Ganim’s runaway budget that led to the massive 29% mil rate increase and tax hike, here are a few of the other notable endorsements on Tom McCarthy’s campaign postcard:

    Ray Baldwin: www .ctpost.com/local/article/Trumbull-s-former-first-selectman-files-state-6253357.php

    Tom Kelly: www .ctpost.com/news/article/Finance-Board-chief-says-he-still-lives-in-6562477.php

    Lydia Martinez: seec.ct.gov/e2casebase/data/fd/FD_2009_101.1.pdf

    Anthony Musto: ctboom.com/state-senator-says-screw-bridgeports-city-charter-gauging-anthony-mustos-pinocchio-meter/

    Danny Roach: Ganim’s Chief of Staff, on the Police Commission, DTC member, brother of Katie Bukovsky, Council Rep from 130th District–and owner of Matty’s Corner, one of the top 10 Dive Bars in SW CT (according to CT Bites:
    www .ctbites.com/home/2016/7/3/guide-to-the-best-dive-bars-in-southwest-connecticut-c-2016.html

    • Pete Spain

      And, let’s not forget, a campaign postcard left at our door last summer during the 130th City Council primary season for our current City Council reps–Kate Bukovsky and Scott Burns–stated: “Together, Katie and Scott will: Lead the fight to reduce property taxes and their impact on our families and neighborhoods.” Please!

  • Bob Walsh

    Lisa,
    You forgot, he led the fight to pass Finch’s last budget with a $20 million budget deficit in it. TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS!!!

  • Bob Walsh

    Lisa,
    You forgot, as Council President AND a member of the Airport Commission, he was responsible for spending $500,000 to build a driveway for a politically connected private citizen in Stratford. FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.
    That is Bridgeport taxpayer dollars going to a friend in Stratford. And we all know it was a lot more than the $500K but he never required Finch to provide the public with all the facts and a full accounting of the money spent even though Finch said he would.

  • Bob Walsh

    Lisa,
    You forgot, as Council President and Deputy Director of Labor Relations he failed to relay to the council pertinent information concerning the Supervisor’s Association contract which led to retroactive bonuses for himself and the highly compensated members of the Finch Administration of more than $10,000 each costing the taxpayers several hundred thousand of dollars in our hard-earned dollars.
    And his excuse? He said since he was one of the beneficiaries of the contract he shouldn’t talk about it so he recused himself thereby guaranteeing his bonus.

  • Bob Walsh

    I repeat.

    PAGING MARSHALL MARCUS!!!
    PAGING MARSHALL MARCUS!!!

    Urgent request/explanation from Marshall Marcus needed immediately.

    I received a mailing from OUR State Senator Marilyn Moore in which it is stated during the past year she worked to get Trumbull an 18.6% increase in state funding.
    She worked to get Monroe a 4.8% increase.
    While Bridgeport received a modest 3.3% increase.
    Why have you been spreading these lies about our State Senator?
    Why have you continuously said she is only concerned about Bridgeport?
    And how much of an increase is it that Tommy McCarthy has promised Trumbull that leads you to say he will do more for Trumbull?
    Sir, you owe Senator Moore a huge apology for spreading lies in order to help the white guy from Bridgeport defeat our incumbent African American State Senator.
    Shame on you!!!

    • Lisa Parziale

      Bubba, of course you’re right, but my post was long enough. Besides, anyone who can read knows what a fraud Tom McCarthy is. If I didn’t trust and admire Marilyn, I’d do what we did when Finch went to Hartford. We helped get him elected just to get rid of him. Send him with the big boys, they’ll chew little junior up and spit him out. We don’t have to worry about John Stafstrom or Mario Testa bringing him back to run for mayor, they’re both “over the hill.”

  • Steven Auerbach

    I think the McCarthy piece serves its purpose. I like it. I think Tom has a very nice family. I am surprised bloggers feel it insulting he doesn’t have black and brown family members. I think Moore supporters are knocking on the doors of African American families and asking them to support Marilyn Moore, the only black candidate wink wink and so ironic it is white crackers using that argument. I respect many of the names on his literature. My two council women, Michelle Lyons and Amymarie Vizzo-Paniccia are extremely popular in the North End. Their endorsement carries weight. After August 9th it will all be over. May the best person win and hopefully, Tom McCarthy will appear on the same line as Hillary Clinton. I see McCarthy signs are beginning to show up. I see many Charlie Stallworth signs en route to my gym, driving through the 135th. Politics does make strange bedfellows. I remember a year ago this blog and YouTube had me and the Reverend Mary McBride Lee engaged in a confrontation and here I was walking through Trumbull Gardens with this very same person. I think a lot of people genuinely like Tom McCarthy. I guess we will see. We will all survive the outcome! :-) Clinton 2016!

  • Ron Mackey

    Tom White, this is for you and Steve Auerbach.

    Critics: Trump speech signals shift to coded race language
    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS and JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press
    July 22, 2016
    m.ctpost.com/news/politics/article/Critics-Trump-speech-signals-shift-to-coded-race-8403932.php

  • Mojo

    *** Doing it together is how Tom has managed to stay as the Bpt city council president, no? It’s also the way all those closed-door deals were made during the Finch Admin. which with Tom, had the keys to the Mayor’s office. Together is how taxpayers have a 54 mil rate for 2016/2017. *** VOTE MOORE FOR STATE SENATE ***

  • Mary Filo

    My first thought when I saw this literature piece was thanks for the Christmas in July card McCarthy family. Then I noticed no lights and no tree. Hmmm. Then I saw the slogan that seems stolen straight from the Clinton playbooks, “Together we can do better.” Together, they could not even spell Steelpointe correctly. I viewed the hollow words, noticing most were fabricated BS. Read the endorsements and searched meticulously eight times for a credible name, no luck there. I then reviewed all the remaining pictures and the only thought that came to my head was Tom forgot to add a little something from the Trump campaign. This piece is only missing one thing, a slogan at the end of it saying, “Together, Let’s Make Bridgeport White Again!!!” Good Luck, Tommy.

  • Zena Lu

    “Together we can make Connecticut a place that creates jobs, not loses them.” The second half of this clumsy sentence is screaming for a noun.

    How about: “Together we can transform Connecticut into a state that creates jobs, instead of a state that loses them.”

    It’s the little things. :)

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