Jack McGregor, co-founder and former co-owner of the Bridgeport Bluefish, wants to correct the record regarding campaign mailers sent by the Finch campaign against his wife Mary-Jane Foster. McGregor writes:
Mayor Finch’s repetitive mailings regarding Mary-Jane Foster’s leadership of the Bluefish are just plain wrong, and he knows it.
Mary-Jane was neither the CEO nor the club’s managing partner when Mickey Herbert, Bluefish CEO for five years, renegotiated with the City the Bluefish long-term lease. Mayor. Finch, as a Bridgeport public official, supported this move towards Bluefish viability, but now calls it a Mary-Jane led bailout. He lies on both points.
Mary-Jane, as managing partner during the successful first year Bluefish experience in 1998, and I sold ownership control to Mickey in 1999 to pursue our vision as developer of the next door Arena. With other investors, we re-purchased the Bluefish in December, 2005. We were not successful in turning around the attendance tailspin, but were successful in saving the Bluefish for Bridgeport. We then prevailed upon one of the country’s most effective minor-league baseball marketing executives to take over the Bluefish ownership. Terms of the transaction included payment in full to such creditors as the City, under the terms of the Lease. On this point, the Mayor also lies.
The Bluefish and the Arena are two of the few good things to happen in Bridgeport in the twenty years the mayor has been a Bridgeport public official. For him to portray Mary-Jane’s very capable leadership as he does is shameless.