Bridgeport politics can be a contact sport in more ways than one. Upper East Side political foes Maria Pereira and Tony Barr have both filed civil protective orders against each other in Superior Court.
A hearing on Pereira’s complaint is scheduled for Thursday. Barr, in a rejoinder, will have his hearing next week. Barr filed his court complaint one week after Pereira.
Barr was part of a March Democratic Town Committee slate that swept all nine seats against the coalition of Pereira, a school board member and former leader from the 138th District.
Barr has taken to his Facebook page to excoriate Pereira who asserts in her filing “I am concerned for my safety and well-being for several reasons. Mr. Barr is delusional and completely disconnected from reality which may point to mental health issues.”
Barr’s complaint: “The respondent has come to my home with threatening words and has said to me directly and to countless others that I am a drunk.”
Pereira and Barr have faced recent scrapes with the law: Pereira for allegedly interfering with police during a forum at Success Village; Barr for a cop altercation after receiving a parking ticket.
They are challenging their respective cases.
Barr spent 20 years in prison for drug gang activity. He was a petitioning candidate for mayor in 2015. He finished last, in a seven-candidate field, garnering 24 votes citywide. In 2016 he entered a guilty plea for threatening to shoot Mayor Joe Ganim. He was sentenced to a suspended six-month sentence.
Pereira has twice won citywide school board races, the last in 2015. She’s up for reelection in 2019.