Failing to qualify for the Democratic primary, State Senator Marilyn Moore had opined on an endorsement from the Connecticut Working Families Party for a November ballot placement. That appears to be gone, according to State Director Sarah Ganong.
“I can confirm WFP is not intending to endorse for mayor this year,” Sarah Ganong texted OIB Sunday morning
The deadline to endorse is September 6.
Mayoral candidates Lamond Daniels and John Gomes who’s on the September 12 Democratic primary ballot against Mayor Joe Ganim also sought the endorsement. Daniels, who also failed to qualify for the primary, has made the November ballot as a petitioning candidate.
Once a darling of the WFP, Moore’s slide from the liberal third-party group began in 2019 when her campaign fumbled the simple signature process to appear on its line in November. Fingers were pointed blaming each other. The WFP had poured resources into Moore’s tight primary loss to Ganim. WFP’s November line was Moore’s Plan B to remain relevant in the general election. With no place to land Moore opted for a long-shot write-in campaign losing handily.
Lacking organization and campaign sensibility, Moore lost sizable 2019 political support, particularly to the Daniels and Gomes campaigns. Her fundraising lapsed and she didn’t have the fire in her belly to inspire a strong coalition.
Flubbing ballot access in two straight mayoral cycles also hardened suspicions of Moore’s political ineptness. Moore’s always needed a sharp political hand to orchestrate an organization. Why throw precious resources at a candidate that doesn’t get it?
Serving in the cozy universe of the state senate isn’t remotely close to the savviness required of a mayoral race and for that matter the demands running Connecticut’s most populous city. Over time the flaws will emerge. Many operatives noticed and pulled away.
This is another blow to the conflicted, Moore-backed political entity Bridgeport Generation Now Votes that had poised $100,000 to further her mayoral candidacy. A WFP ballot spot would have have portrayed hope of a competitive general election, given her legislative base. Perhaps Gen Now pivots to Lamond’s long-shot general election bid.
No matter how the primary transpires Ganim and Gomes have also locked in general election lines: Ganim the New Movement Party and Gomes The Bridgeport Independent Party.