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Living The Good Life With Joe And Donald, A Cautionary Story Of Power And Temptation

October 11th, 2015 · 63 Comments · City Politics

This is the first in a series of excerpts based on an article I wrote for the October 2004 issue of Connecticut Magazine that shares insight into the downfall of Joe Ganim who’s trying to make a historic rebound following his 2003 conviction on federal corruption charges. It tells the story of what went wrong, the intoxication of power leading to a young, talented politician’s demise, starting in 1994, as Ganim seeks redemption 20 years later.

Donald Trump placed his right hand on the shoulder of a model – tall, blonde, striking, must have been 22 – and with his left hand steered Joe Ganim by the shoulder, easing the two together. “Let me introduce you to a friend of mine,” Trump cooed above the noise at a party for ABC soap stars in Trump’s Plaza hotel, inching her close to the mayor of Bridgeport. “You see this man?” Trump asked. “He’s the most powerful man in Connecticut.” [Read more →]

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Changing Faces In City Hall

October 11th, 2015 · 8 Comments · City Politics, News and Events

Bridgeport’s next mayor will receive the oath of office Dec. 1. CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart examines the potential faces who could enter City Hall.
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Ballot Order Set For Mayor In Historic Ganim Comeback Quest

October 10th, 2015 · 21 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Seven candidates for mayor will appear on the November 3 general election ballot in this historic campaign cycle in which Joe Ganim seeks to cement redemption as the Democratic nominee, Mary-Jane Foster positions to stop him as a petitioning Democratic alternative and Enrique Torres offers a Republican voice outside the political establishment. Charlie Coviello, running on The New Movement Party line and petitioning challengers Tony Barr, Chris Taylor and David Daniels round out the field.
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Foster Camp Rips Ganim For Hiding Campaign Donors

October 9th, 2015 · 72 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

If you want copies of Joe Ganim’s two campaign finance report filings, you’d need a wheelbarrow and about $750 to haul the paperwork out of the Town Clerk’s Office. Mary-Jane Foster’s Campaign Manager Tom Swan asserts if Ganim filed the reports in the format of the State Election Enforcement Commission, the size would be one third and more affordable for public access.
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OIB Poll: Evaluate Finch’s Performance

October 9th, 2015 · 10 Comments · City Politics

Bill Finch's eight-year mayoralty comes to a close next month. How do you assess his overall job performance?

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Chief Nardozzi To Lead Columbus Parade

October 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Best of Bridgeport, News and Events

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Assistant Chief James Nardozzi.

Assistant Police Chief James Nardozzi will serve as the Grand Marshal for Sunday’s Columbus Day Parade that kicks off at 1 p.m. at Wayne and Jewett and proceeds south to Madison Avenue finishing at Micalizzi Italian Ices.
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Why The Finch Factor Matters For Foster’s Race

October 8th, 2015 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, News and Events

Joe Ganim asked for Mayor Bill Finch’s support then criticized it when Finch supported Foster. Republican Rick Torres asked for Finch’s support and Foster’s backing too then criticized it when Finch supported Foster. For all of Finch’s perceived baggage following a primary loss, he brings key ingredients to the table: finances and campaign troops. For Ganim it was a way to coalesce the party and be done with it. For Torres it was a chance to cross party lines and bring much-needed resources to the table. Foster is getting out of it what she needs, money and campaign bodies.
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If Elected, Torres Promises To Waive Pay First Year

October 8th, 2015 · 31 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics

In a policy video addressing how he will cut waste and attract business, Republican mayoral candidate Enrique Torres says if elected he will forego the mayor’s $132,500 salary for the first year, investing it instead into “creating 50 individual $2500 small business improvement grants to businesses throughout Bridgeport.”
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