Calling Tuesday night’s Democratic Town Committee endorsement a “boys’ mud wrestling contest,” the advocacy organization Connecticut Citizen Action Group that assisted the State Senate wins of Marilyn Moore and Ed Gomes the past year is backing Mary-Jane Foster’s candidacy for mayor.
“We are proud to have been part of numerous successful efforts by Bridgeport residents to stand up to the corrupt political machine that was on full display Tuesday night at the boys’ mud wrestling contest called a convention,” said CCAG Executive Director Tom Swan, in a news release, referencing the endorsement of Mayor Bill Finch. Former Mayor Joe Ganim finished a close second. Foster did not attend the endorsement session.
Swan served as an adviser to the winning State Senate campaigns of Moore and Gomes. He knows his way around primaries building alliances among liberal constituencies such as labor unions in the cause of issues such as health care, the environment and wage equality. Max Medina, 2003 mayoral candidate who also served for many years as president of the Board of Education, is a CCAG board member. Moore and Gomes also support Foster.
Foster who entered to race for mayor late has ground to make up in both fundraising and organizational strength. Swan’s comments signal the kind of race Foster will wage in the eight weeks leading to the primary, framing herself an alternative to Finch and Ganim.
“We are confident the voters in September will agree with us that whether it is paying a friend hundreds of thousands of dollars to pave his own driveway, or conspiring to take away Bridgeporters’ right to vote, or taking kickbacks from contractors that Bridgeport deserves better and will choose Mary-Jane in September,” says Swan.
Swan says CCAG will provide strategic assistance and communicate with its members on the importance of this election. Foster has started the signature process to secure a spot on the September 16 primary ballot.
“I am gratified that my fellow board members have unanimously agreed that the residents of Bridgeport deserve better and are joining with me to endorse Mary-Jane Foster’s bid to become Mayor of Bridgeport,” said Medina. “Bridgeport needs Mary-Jane’s principled dedication to public service and cannot afford to waste the next four years on incompetent or corrupt government.”