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Sharkey Supports Blood Sport, Wimps Out On Bridgeport Reform Bill

May 7th, 2013 · 5 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

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Brendan Sharkey embraces blood sport., sticks head in sand for Bridgeport government reform.

It’s amazing how politicians rationalize stuff. Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey says he’s just fine voting for the blood sport of extreme fighting because it needs to be regulated. But when duty called to support a conflict of interest bill that would ban (and regulate) city employees from serving on the Bridgeport City Council he wimped out. From Chris Keating, Hartford Courant:

The state House of Representatives voted Tuesday to legalize mixed martial arts, despite some concerns from lawmakers that the sport is particularly brutal.

The bill passed on a bipartisan basis by 117 to 26 with seven members absent.

“Personally, I’m not a fan of the sport, but I think the argument regarding the brutality of the sport is precisely the reason why we should be regulating it,” House Speaker J. Brendan Sharkey told reporters after the vote.

“We’re one of only two states in the country that does not regulate the sport, so I think we’re very much out of step where the rest of the country is on this. As the minority leader pointed out, I think we should be erring to the side of regulation as opposed to having a free-for-all on this sport.”

Sharkey said he had not had any conversations with state Senate leaders over whether they will vote on the bill.

“I don’t know what the inclinations are in the Senate at this point,” Sharkey said. “But given how strong the vote was here in the House, I think that’s an indication where I think the public is and certainly where our members are. I’m hoping the Senate will see that as an opportunity.”

The Senate declined to debate the matter last year after leaders said that the sport is extremely violent. A Senate Democratic spokesman said Tuesday that caucus members still had concerns about the violence, but they were open to discussing the issue.

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  • Jimfox

    That’s why they gave him the name Brendan. It’s a girl’s name!

  • Baffled in Bridgeport

    Total outrage. What’s next, Sharkey? Women? Oh, I forgot, Linda McMahon has the franchise on that. Welcome to her class, pal–you and everyone who voted for this. Bad enough our first ever Hispanic State Senator as his very first act proposes the legalization of this sport–um, human cockfighting. But now legislative leadership is saying it is inevitable so we had to move it forward. Looks like your critical parts got cut off in one of those extreme martial arts fights. Did you leave your brain and other parts in the debate on the gun bill?

  • Dave Walker

    The national media will love this. It looks like a good topic for investigative journalism. A real embarrassment for Connecticut to-date but the fight for HB 5724 is far from over.

  • Mojo

    *** SHAME ON THE NON-SUPPORTING BPT LEGISLATORS! ***

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    Why do we need another blood sport? We already have three hockey teams.

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