Deputy City Attorney John Bohannon on Friday filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit challenging the September 10 primary results asserting “The plaintiffs, alleged electors of the city of Bridgeport, lack standing because they are not aggrieved by a ruling of an election official.”
State Senator Marilyn Moore lost a close contest to Mayor Joe Ganim, winning the machine count but losing as a result of absentee ballots that three plaintiffs claim were tainted, but show no direct personal evidence of voting irregularities in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was brought by Bridgeport Generation Now Votes. Some members of the organization have donated financially to Moore’s campaign.
Moore is not a party to the lawsuit and the plaintiffs were not candidates raising questions about their standing in the case.
“Two of the three plaintiffs will not deny that they voted in the primary and there will be no evidence that their votes were not counted. Their complaint, at rock bottom, is that their candidate lost. That does not satisfy the requirement of (state law) that they be aggrieved, that is, that they have a specific, personal and legal interest in the subject matter of the decision, as distinguished from a general interest such as is the concern of the community as a whole, and that the plaintiffs were specially and injuriously affected.”
Superior Court Judge Barry Stevens will hear arguments about the motion to dismiss on Monday.