2011 petitioning candidate for mayor Jeff Kohut issues this blistering commentary against the city’s political establishment following the attack of an elderly woman in Lake Forest. From Kohut:
On Thursday, June 25th, at about 11 AM, an elderly woman was attacked in her home in the Lake Forest neighborhood, in Bridgeport’s North End, by a male attacker in an apparent robbery attempt. The woman was severely injured, suffering severe head trauma.
This is just one more example of how “crime is lower than it’s been in 40 years in Bridgeport” and of how “Bridgeport is getting better and better.”
This criminal episode is a symptom of the type of predatory psychopath that is being produced in a Bridgeport that has been “redlined” in every sense of the word by the political and social-economic forces that control the Fairfield County sea of wealth surrounding the island of crime and poverty known as Bridgeport.
Truly, there needs to an accounting for the sorry state of our city by the leadership of Bridgeport for the abusive neglect of their municipal charge and its populace:
· Depression-level unemployment
· Dangerously understaffed police force
· Mass shootings and the murder of peaceful people enjoying a social gathering on a warm early morning in an area that should have had permanent, 24-7 police presence 25 years ago, as well as coverage by a citywide, Internet-accessible video-surveillance system, 15 years ago, when it was first proposed.
· Home invasions and near-deadly attacks of the elderly in the middle of the day.
Yes, “Bridgeport is getting better and better”–if you’re a writer of horror stories or a student of post-traumatic stress syndrome.
Someone needs to account for the abusive neglect of this city and its people. I would name Bill Finch, Governor Dan Malloy, Congressman Jim Himes, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Senator Chris Murphy, BCFC President Chris Bruhl, and BRBC President Paul Timpanelli, as well as the Connecticut Post (for protecting responsible politicians and sanitizing much of the local and state news) as the first-tier of culprits that should be called to account for this situation. From there, we can follow the money to the others responsible.
Bridgeporters; it’s a propitious election season for starting a cathartic, full-blown political revolt in Bridgeport. We need to pass our present, local, state, and federal, waste product political representation through our political bowels and replace them with capable, conscientious leadership and representation that values the people of Connecticut’s urban centers for more than their election-day vote margins.
It’s time to put big-time political change in motion in Bridgeport.