Democratic Registrar Sandi Ayala announced Thursday afternoon former Mayor Joe Ganim has qualified for the September 16 Democratic primary in an effort to regain his old job against Bill Finch. Mary-Jane Foster is awaiting word on her petition signatures, and that process will likely go into next week. About 1900 certified signatures are required. Meanwhile the campaigns of Foster and Finch issued dueling statements today with Foster calling Finch a dishonest congenital liar who “tried to take away our right to vote” while the Finch camp responded “the real story is about Joe Ganim, Mary-Jane Foster, and their backroom deal to help each other get on the Primary ballot.”
Statement from Foster:
“After eight long years of Mayor Finch and his cronies’ congenital lying to our people, he is now engaging in what is, effectively, fraud in the electorate. This is a mayor who lied about a $600 tax rebate, who continued to double dip in salary, who failed at a stealth conspiracy to takeover our schools, who tried to cover up an obstruction of crime information and statistics, and now puts up a straw man in the general election.
“Today we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Why should we support someone who tried to take away our right to vote with his two-time failure at gaining control of the Board of Education?
“This is a man who is dishonest and desperate. Bridgeport deserves an honest choice for change.”
Statement from Finch Campaign Manager Maryli Secrest:
“Talk is cheap. We’re confident that Mayor Finch will win the Democratic Primary. When it comes to Democratic Primary petitions, the real story is about Joe Ganim, Mary-Jane Foster, and their backroom deal to help each other get on the Primary ballot.”
Foster and Ganim are awaiting word about qualifying for the September 16 Democratic primary to challenge Finch.