Questions Abound Four Weeks From General Election

A month until the Nov. 5th general election and still unanswered questions.

Testimony resumes in the courtroom of Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens in a lawsuit challenging the results of the September 10th Democratic primary in which State Senator Marilyn Moore won the machine count losing to Mayor Joe Ganim by absentee ballots.

Will the trial end this week? If so, how will the judge rule? If he rules for the plaintiffs what does it mean? If he rules against, the answer is simple, gear up for the general election, essentially how the candidates have positioned in lieu of the unknown.

Ganim is the certified winner of the primary. He’s being challenged by Republican John Rodriguez. Moore is waging a write-in candidacy because her campaign failed to execute the back-up plan securing sufficient signatures to appear on the Connecticut Working Families Party line in November.

How much has she raised for the effort so far?

We will find out on Oct. 10th when municipal candidates who appeared on the primary ballot are required to file reports with the Town Clerk’s Office.

Moore proved against the odds in the primary winning the machine count on roughly $130,000 outspent by Ganim, by more than two to one, who won the absentee ballot count by three to one.

In the primary Moore ran strong in the northern and western portions of the city she represents in the State Senate, with a few outliers, while Ganim amassed machine wins primarily in areas Moore is less known.

Informing voters about a write-in candidacy is a laborious educational process. This is new territory for a Bridgeport mayoral election after a candidate lost a close primary. There are also new voters to reach such as Democrats who did not vote in the primary as well as roughly 20,000 eligible unaffiliated voters.

Will Moore have the resources? If so, what’s the message in the general election? Ganim’s political operation isn’t taking anything for granted.

Sunday night in the East End church of State Rep. Charlie Stallworth, a city minister, political operatives trumpeted a clear theme at a unity rally: vote top line Democrats.

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  1. I believe the East End Tabernacle church is flagrantly violating its 501(c) 3 status.

    This is a perfect example as to why the clergy should never serve as elected officials.

    I have never heard or seen a completely partisan political event held in a church and from the pulpit.

    Pastor Stallworth is as unethical and dishonest as any religious leader I have ever seen. He has cut a deal with Ganim that the City will give him the large, vacant lot next to his church in return for his support. This is a clear quid pro quo and illegal.

    Reverend Gaston is a Pastor Stallworth in training.

    This is why I have repeatedly stated that if these are the religious leaders that represent God I want to be an atheist.

    This spectacle held in the heart of a church no less is absolutely disgraceful.

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  2. Maria, until you understand something about the black church. Keep your mouth off of black preachers. You can say whatever you want about Stallworth, that is your business, but you better keep your damn mouth off of my aunt’s pastor. You know shit about him. This man work hard in the community and not just in Bridgeport. He is a very nice person and I am sure different from other people. How dare you lump him with other people. Stop your shit while you are at it, Maria.

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  3. Maria, all you do is talk shit about people. Do you think you are perfect? Who the hell do you think you are? You will not assault the black church. That mean you would have thought the same way about Dr. King. He was involved politically. He hosted events in churches. He talked politics and the sacred. How about you pick other pastors to pick on, but you will not pick on my aunt’s pastor. Because this man takes money out of his own damn pocket to assist elderly people. He advocate for them and host free events willingly at his church for old people and young people. Pick another pastor to pick on, but don’t fuck with Dr. Gaston

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  4. Ms. Thonpson,

    Are you aware that no one on this blog reports to you? Your demands about what people can or cannot do or who they can or cannot post about is simply ludicrous.

    Dr. Gaston may certainly do good work in the community, however he has clearly been co-opted by the corrupt DTC, Mayor Ganim and many of the most unethical so called black leaders in Bridgeport.

    Dr. Gaston is behaving like a shill for ethically challenged members of this community. It is well known that those you associate with are a reflection of you

    Dr. King was politically savvy and certainly didn’t hold campaign rallies with political signs and chants in the well of his church and from behind the pulpit.

    I am going to speak about any public figure I choose to speak about, especially when they are holding politically motivated rallies.

    I don’t know about you but I reside in the United States which had this funny thing called “Freedom of Speech.”

    You really need to stop making demands on OIB as if you have the authority to do so. You don’t.

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    1. Maria, you know absolutely nothing about Dr. King. King hosted rallies in his church at Ebeneezer and Dexter Ave Baptist Church and brought politicians into the church. At the end of the day, you can have your opinion on it, but you as a supposedly Portuguese woman would not enjoy such first amendment privileges to free speech so you say had it not been for preachers who spoke their truth from the pulpit into the secular arena. That’s just a little history lesson for you. Meanwhile, Ms. Maria. you are what you eat– and from what I can tell, you eat a lot of shit.

      Let me talk about how a disgrace you are to the Board of Education. I have watched you be a spectacle on stage at the reputation of our city and our kids. You engaged in slimy pee test and made national news trying to prove a point. who can you talk about you supported the same DTC prior to Dr. Gaston arriving in Bridgeport now all of a sudden you are trying to tear him a part. You supported Joe long before he arrived on the scene. You supported Stallworth long before he got on the scene ( and from what I know) you liked Stallworth too at one point. So you must be a reflection of the company you keep. You are always in John’s face. He is being accused of theft– so does that make you a theif??? Is there something you hiding? Tell me. Be a woman and if you are feeling froggy Maria Leap. Because I can talk to you face to face and let you know about yourself. You are a evil and demonic. People might be afraid of you but i aint afraid of you one BIT! The residence of Bridgeport will retire you in a few days. You better go knock on all the doors in your district because people are tired of you and I will be walking the beat AGAINST YOU.

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  5. Ms Moore’s message is she was going to “unite” our city.IMO,her bungling of this election process has set our city back even farther.I for one can’t wait till election day to get this all behind us somewhat.All the accusations,racist remarks,misinformation etc,is at an unprecedented level in our city,it’s sickening.Meanwhile,Joe &Mario are loving it all,while everyone is focused on AB’s,lawsuits etc,there is virtually no campaigning necessary for them,no talking about this administration’s failures,the lack of development,lack of new jobs,crime is at an all time high,with a unqualified police chief at the helm,etc,etc..
    The AB lawsuit will go nowhere,Joe will win in November,and our city will be screwed for another 4 years.THAT’S what we should be focused on.If Moore really cared about Bpt,she would of been more focused on the details,at this point,I can’t wait till she goes back to Hartford.Enough is enough.

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  6. I AM SICK OF ALL THIS SHIT. LET US FOCUS ON THE REAL DAMN ISSUES AND THAT IS MOVING OUR DAMN CITY FORWARD. LET US STOP POINTING DAMN FINGERS AT EVERYBODY ELSE AND DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO UNTIL WE CAN DO BETTER. OIB SHOULD BE A PLACE FOR GOOD INFORMATION NOT FOR NASTY ATTACKS! THIS ELECTION IS FULL OF ATTACKS AND FINGER POINTING. OUR KIDS NEED A BETTER QUALITY OF EDUCATION, OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS MORE RESOURCES, MORE JOBS, MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS AND THE ELDERLY, SAFER STREETS. WE NEED A LEADER THAT IS NOT PITTING THE COMMUNITY AGAINST EACH OTHER. AND STOP WITH THE SLANDER AND HOSTILITY AND BULLYING. NOBODY WILL BULLY ME. MARIA. UNDERSTOOD?

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    1. Sounds like old Stephanie is voting for Moore, Governor Joe miss the boat on her wish list.
      Sure wasn’t Moore who flat funded our kids for four years, right Steph!?

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  7. Casper, here are the 6 best, classic lessons we learn from Carnegie’s How To Win Friends And Influence People:
    Do Not Criticize, Condemn or Complain. …
    Be Generous With Praise. …
    Remember Their Name. …
    Be Genuinely Interested In Other People. …
    Know The Value Of Charm. …
    Be Quick To Acknowledge Your Own Mistakes.

    Dude, read these and learn something.

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  8. Don you are the one who act like a queen. Do you see me calling you a girl? Girl bye! You are right I have more balls than you and you are “supposed” to be a man. You are not offending me because I know who I am!! Get up off your ass and do something about these kids shooting each other up. You spend more time on OIB than you do doing something productive. You are one sick puppy.

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    1. Mr. Thompson, what are you doing besides doing nothing about anything in Bridgeport? Can you point to one thing that you have done besides run your mouth and kissing the ass of certain black pastors?

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  9. Ms. Thompson,

    Are you really trying to chastise and reprimand other OIB bloggers about their language, criticisms, and/or name calling?

    Do you understand the definition of hypocrisy?

    You don’t get to make demands of others on OIB, call anyone else a “bully,” nor do you possess any level of credibility to post the following comment:

    “I AM SICK OF ALL THIS SHIT. LET US FOCUS ON THE REAL DAMN ISSUES AND THAT IS MOVING OUR DAMN CITY FORWARD. LET US STOP POINTING DAMN FINGERS AT EVERYBODY ELSE AND DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO UNTIL WE CAN DO BETTER. OIB SHOULD BE A PLACE FOR GOOD INFORMATION NOT FOR NASTY ATTACKS! THIS ELECTION IS FULL OF ATTACKS AND FINGER POINTING. OUR KIDS NEED A BETTER QUALITY OF EDUCATION, OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS MORE RESOURCES, MORE JOBS, MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS AND THE ELDERLY, SAFER STREETS. WE NEED A LEADER THAT IS NOT PITTING THE COMMUNITY AGAINST EACH OTHER. AND STOP WITH THE SLANDER AND HOSTILITY AND BULLYING. NOBODY WILL BULLY ME. MARIA. UNDERSTOOD?”

    I am starting to believe you experience SEVERE mood swings and/or that you have simply lost your mind.

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  10. Maira, I know you are not talking about someone with mood swings. Look at a few accounts of your record. You have NO credibility. You should be ashamed.

    https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Bridgeport-police-issue-arrest-warrant-for-BOE-13916135.php
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/23/two-rival-politicians-accused-each-other-using-drugs-result-was-showdown-urinalysis-lab/
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/23/two-rival-politicians-accused-each-other-using-drugs-result-was-showdown-urinalysis-lab/

    You seem to suffer from a SEVERE form of selective amnesia. Who can you talk about? Good bye!

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  11. Dude, I’ve done a myriad of things to uplift my people here on Bridgeport. I’ve run study groups that resulted in 40 to 50 young Black’s, Latinos and women becoming firefighters and another 30 or more that reached elevated rank within the BFD.

    What have you done for Bridgeport except run that pie hole in your face and not ONE person I’ve talked to had any idea who you are, NOT ONE. Don’t you think that’s highly unusual that you say you were born and raised here and not ONE person has no idea who you are. Things that make you go Hummmm….

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  12. Donald Day, you have one more time to call me a man. You hear me? I am a full grown woman. I know you love men but don’t make me what you want. How dumb do you sound with a city with thousands of residents, you are expected to know every damn body who lives here. Your circle is so damn small. You don’t want to know me I have offered to meet you several times and you never showed up. I have nothing to prove to you. You are so facinated with me. I don’t want your stanking ass don

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  13. Dude, I’m not scared of you even though you say you have more ball’s than me. May I suggest that you start to act like a woman if you want someone to acknowledge you as such, but make No Mistake this, I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost Casper.

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    1. Don, have you ever seen Stephanie Thompson? So how do you know that they a woman, they could bi, a queen or trans, you just don’t know, now there’s nothing wrong they are one of those because they are still a child of God.

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  14. Don & Ron, you sexist male pigs. How could you say you support women and turn around and demean a woman. You dogs. You scary old farts. Get your life together. What I do know is that you and Ron seem to have each other’s “back” very closely.

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  15. Ron Mackey and Donald Day, I look forward to seeing you out in the community over the next couple of weeks and making a difference for our young kids!

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