In the final days of a primary campaign for mayor, a statement and a defense. City minister Fred Gee Jr. who’s also a city employee, posted on his Facebook page “Sundays are sacred and should never be used to promote a negative agenda for differences concerning politics. Senator Marilyn Moore‘s family came to my families church this morning where I pastor wearing t-shirts with the hashtag #BlackEnough.”
Gee’s declaration follows a story in the Connecticut Post in which his aunt City Councilwoman Mary McBride-Lee, also a city minister, shares her preference for Joe Ganim over Marilyn Moore including questioning the mayoral candidate’s fidelity to the black community. Both McBride-Lee and Moore are African American.
Sundays are sacred and should never be used to promote a negative agenda for differences concerning politics. Senator Marilyn Moore‘s family came to my families church this morning where I pastor wearing t-shirts with the hashtag #BlackEnough. Senator Moore’s family and supporters have every right to be angry and offended by what was printed in the Connecticut Post on September 4th, 2019.
Coming to a house of worship with the intention to disrupt a Worship Service is just as distasteful as the words printed in the Connecticut Post. Ms. Moore we are sincerely sorry for the words that were printed that caused you much pain and discomfort. However the church that I am graced to Pastor has nothing to do with this unfortunate circumstance. Members of your family asked a member of The Impact Church – Bridgeport, CT (not Rev. Lee’s service) to take their picture while they posed on the steps of a House of Worship. He had no idea what was going on, all I ask is that whatever course of action you take please do not involve a House of Worship or the membership of that House of Worship.
Reverend Mary Mcbride-Lee is my Aunt and I love her dearly. And WE as your family stand with you not as a politician but as an amazing Sister, Aunt and servant of CHRIST. At this point it doesn’t matter what Reverend Lee says about the quote, she has already been found guilty in courts of public opinion. It is my sincere prayer that WE as a community can heal from this and continue to move our city forward.