News release from Kevin Monks:
Kevin Monks, 138th City Council candidate, is calling on mayoral candidate John Gomes to condemn the actions of his campaign’s biggest absentee ballot harvester as “the evidence against Maria Pereira’s abuse of senior citizens is extraordinary.” Monks, a City Council candidate who lost because Pereira manipulated absentee ballots, is seeking immediate action by Gomes and a thorough investigation by SEEC.
“If I had known then what I uncovered in recent weeks, senior citizens bullied to vote Pereira’s way, I’d have filed a court challenge,” says Monks who issued a complaint with the State Elections Enforcement Commission underlying a series of fraudulent actions by Pereira exploiting vulnerable senior citizens.
Several senior citizens validated Monks complaint which SEEC authorized for an investigation last Wednesday. Jesse Watters of FOX News further elaborated on Pereira’s numerous campaign indiscretions last evening on national television: https://x.com/jessebwatters/status/1726786255990517908?s=46&t=fwRHHegMRopyzbhLnX8cKg
“Gomes is quick to criticize Joe Ganim supporters while talking out of both sides of his mouth. Gomes continues to embrace Pereira, under the fraudulent guise of honesty and transparency, because he fears he cannot win without her gaming the system. He’s afraid to call her out,” stated Monks.
The news site Only In Bridgeport on Thursday posted a video of the woman who Pereira allegedly assaulted on election day at the JFK polling place explaining how Pereira manipulates the process. “Pereira picked them up,” a reference to Pereira breaking state law by handling the absentee ballots of others.
Only In Bridgeport reported Pereira’s numerous indiscretions this election cycle:
— Caught on video searching for an absentee ballot in an elderly woman’s vacant home
— Banned from public housing units after 20 complaints from seniors alleging bullying and harassment
— Arrested for third degree assault on another senior citizen at JFK precinct election day
— And now allegations she illegally handled absentee ballots of elderly residents in the days leading to the September Democratic primary for mayor
“John Gomes made himself accountable for failing to file his campaign finance report on time against state law,” adds Monks. “It’s time he practices what he preaches for something most egregious, Pereira’s total disregard for the sanctity of the vote while bullying, scaring and manipulating senior citizens to benefit his campaign.”