Someone Please Crack A Joke

Yuck. Did you catch Governor Jodi Rell’s maudlin speech to the state legislature on Wednesday? Jesus, it sounded like a funeral. Did somebody die? I was waiting for the bagpipes to roll in.

Bridgeport-born Jim Amann was shedding tears, but that was because he’s no longer the swinging dick in the House of Representatives. Talk about a calculated campaign move: Sir James decided not to run for reelection–not that he wanted out of government–but because he didn’t want to be saddled at the helm of a multi-billion dollar deficit.

Gee, he can exclaim to the electorate in his campaign for governor, when I was running the legislature we had balanced budgets, the lowest unemployment rate, the highest discretionary income in the country. He’d done wonders locking up political support from the likes of Bob Keeley. Oops, big Bob was dusted by Auden Grogins, the blonde banshee from Black Rock, on the way to the dance.

So Amann’s running for governor and so, too, it appears, Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy who was edged out by New Haven Mayor John DeStefano in a Democratic primary in 2006. Rell promptly turned John into flan. Now the big question is (don’t hold your breath) will the real swinging Democratic dick of the state, yup that’s Dick Blumenthal, actually grow the cashews to run for governor? If so, it cancels out everyone else.

Dick is doing what Dick does best, teasing Democratic operatives that this might be the year. Unless, of course, he’s thinking that maybe a U.S. senate seat opens up and Chris Dodd doesn’t run, or maybe with Barack in the White House appointment to the federal bench.

Anyhoo, back to Rell’s speech. We won’t find out the specifics of the governor’s budgetary impact on the state’s largest city until her formal budget address next month, but Mayor Bill Finch was on hand waving the city flag, hoping, praying that she doesn’t gut state spending to the city any deeper than the past.

Finch’s safety net is a Democratic legislature. This is where friends come in. How many buddies does hizzoner have left from his seven years in the state senate? We’ll find out over the next couple of months. See Mayor Finch’s news release below:

Mayor Attends Opening of Legislative Session

Mayor Bill Finch joined relatives, friends and fellow lawmakers, and lent his support to the Bridgeport delegation as they embark on what is slated to be a difficult budget session in the coming months.

The Mayor attended the swearing-in ceremonies for the delegation’s newest members – State Sen. Anthony Musto, D-22, and State Reps. Auden Grogins, D-129 and Ezequiel Santiago, D-130. They join veteran Bridgeport lawmakers Sen. Edwin Gomes, and Reps. Christopher Caruso, Andres Ayala, Charles “Don” Clemons and Jack Hennessy. After the swearing-in ceremony, Mayor Finch extended his congratulations and offered words of support to the entire delegation.

“I’m very proud of our current delegation. They will be strong leaders for the city and advocates for our needs at the state level. Having spent seven years as a state Senator, I know what a tough job this can be, but I have every confidence that all eight of our members will be working very hard to deliver for the city.”

Members of the legislative delegation met with the Mayor and his staff prior to the holidays to discuss the city’s legislative priorities. “I am confident that this group will work together to protect the critical funding the city needs to continue to provide essential city services, infrastructure programs and funding for our schools,” the Mayor said.

The delegation indicated that they plan to host weekly meetings to discuss action on key priorities, a move the Mayor sees as a welcome sign of cohesion and leadership. Tyrone McClain, the Mayor’s director of constituent services, also will be doing double duty during the session serving as the city’s legislative liaison, meeting with the delegation on a regular basis and representing the city at the Capitol.



  1. The only ones who will talk to McClain are Grogins and Santiago, and no one will listen to them. It’s the blind leading the blind; if it weren’t so sad it would be funny.

  2. Here’s my joke:

    I ran into an old female friend whom I haven’t seen in 17 years.
    Friend: Joel? Is that you? Oh my god I’m so happy to see you. It has been such a long time; I missed you all those years. You were the only one who understood me and always gave me your honest opinion. You always said things that made me feel good. What happened to your hair?

    Joel: Hair club for men doesn’t work for everyone; I’m glad to see you too. How has life treated you?

    Friend: Well, just look at me. I’m 90 pounds overweight, I have stretch marks you can see from the Moon, I have a double chin, my tits are hanging and I have no ass. Oh! Joel please tell me something nice that will make me feel better like in the old days.

    Joel: Sure boo! Your eyesight is perfect.

  3. *** After reading the jokes about how the state legislation will be working hard together for Bpt’s sake & bail out Finch, along with the part about McClain keeping them informed, etc. on the city’s needs, OIB readers hopefully can see now why I keep saying it’s going to get worse before it gets better! *** Just look @ what blog #2 wrote after the fact of reading Finch’s speech, bad joke #2. *** And it will keep going & going & … … ***

  4. A new product has been invented in Bridgeport. It’s called “Butt Floss: Guaranteed to get in between the cracks!”

    Is it just me or has M. Jodi Rell gotten a facelift?

  5. Marlys: Tyrone was in charge of the appointments to boards and commissions–a job he failed at miserably. The mayor already had an $80,000 a year press person. Now he will ride to Hartford. You know the old rule: out of sight out of mind.

  6. Here’s my joke:

    A rabbit is running through the forest one day and comes across an elephant getting ready to shoot dope. The rabbit says, “Mr. Elephant what are you doing?!” The elephant replies, “just cooking up a shot, gettin’ ready to fix.” The rabbit scolds the elephant, telling him that dope is no good, only leads to addiction, etc. The elephant asks the rabbit, “What should I do then?” The rabbit says “Come running through the forest with me. You’ll get fresh air, exercise, get a whole new outlook on life.” The rabbit and the elephant run off through the forest.

    The unlikely pair come across a panther popping ecstasy pills. They both freak out and ask the panther, “what are you doing?!” The panther replies, “Just popping a few ecstasy pills, getting primed for a rave party down by the watering hole later tonight.” The elephant then says, “Mr. Panther, don’t do that. Ecstasy elevates your blood pressure, raises your body temperature. You could very well end up cooking to death in your own juices!” The panther says, “Gee, I never thought of that” and takes up the rabbit and elephant’s invitation to go running through the forest.

    The three of them come upon a lion sitting on some ancient Mayan ruins, smoking a joint. The lion sees the three, takes a toke and says, “Like, hey man, how’s it goin’?” The rabbit hops up the steps and begins to open his mouth to say something. Just then the lion clenches his paw and punches the rabbit in the jaw, sending him ass-over-teakettle down the steps. The elephant and the panther, looking aghast, ask the lion why he did such a thing. He replies, “Every time that goddamned rabbit does cocaine he wants me to go running through the forest with him.”

  7. According to an editorial in the Weekly, “The unions have already called Finch incompetent and some grassroots groups have practically accused him of taking food from the mouths of babies because of his service cuts. These judgements are hasty or misplaced, as Bridgeport mayors have struggled with spending for more than 30 years and, in this recession, even Westport and Darien are cutting back.” The piece goes on to suggest that “it wouldn’t hurt if — for the first time — the people, businesses, developers and banks of Bridgeport interacted with each other in a way that’s … we don’t know … functional” before ending with “[a] lot of burden falls on the back of the birdman, but we’re all in this together.” Indeed we are. And no, contrary to Mojo’s angry response, I do not work for the city. What Gives, Mr. Mojo? Got a case of “you-can-dish-it-out-but-you-can’t-take-it”? Anger is usually the first response of a guilty party, or is it that your skin is not as thick as you would like it to be?

  8. How Now Brown Cow or Past Your Eyes

    Things were very dear in Port McGee in County Kerry a few years back. Farmer Brown having a wee bit of milk left over from his udder ranks approached the Widow McCarthy. “Widow McCarthy could I interest you with a little milk? ‘Oh’, said the Widow McCarthy, ‘that would be lovely Farmer Brown’. Farmer Brown then asked the good widow if she would like ‘it pasteurized?’ She retorted with; “No! Up to me titties would be fine!!”

  9. Liking the Mayor or not has nothing to do with how we are going about things here. You can cut and slash payments for services all you like (I’m talking about salaries–employee/union givebacks). You can’t expect to run a full service anything with pissed-off underpaid employees (by and large, the majority of the hard-working City employees are underpaid–like it or not). You need to make government smaller–cut services, jobs and expectations.

    The trick is finding the waste. Balancing a budget by constantly asking your employees to give back does not work in the long run. If it did, we wouldn’t have to keep doing it. What it also is–like it or not–is bargaining in bad faith by the City. What good is a contract (if you have one) if the City will just demand (or else) that you give everything back that you fought for. There is nothing wrong with giving an employee a fair wage, as long as the employee works, produces and contributes to the betterment of the system. When you overhire, or allow employees to underproduce, that is where the trouble comes in.

    So–the point of my rant is this. Lay off, fire, or offer early retirements to employees, and don’t hire/rehire anyone until a full assessment has been done to understand if they were needed in the first place.

    Look for items in the budget that are nothing more than wasteful excess–they are all over, many of which have already been mentioned.

    Learn how to say “No” to the public, learn how to run a better business. Stop hiring lackeys, and expect more from your current administrators and heads of departments. Understand that everytime you hire a bum for political clout, the taxpayer is stuck with them for the length of their underachieving careers, and then they get stuck paying their pension and benefits.

  10. *** Bpt. Kid: You’re the one that sounds angry; I stated in my last sentence that they were just opinions not a pink slip! Also you were the one complaining about people sitting on their butts blogging complaints & not doing anything for the city! And still you sound angry with your disrespectful blogs, it’s easy to sound like a big big man with a fake blog name & pointing the finger @ others. I use the blog name of “Mojo” but most know I’m Mojica from the West side, ex-councilman. So please don’t take these opinion blogs too seriously or get yourself into a fit. Besides Bpt. is not that big of a town where you can hide & be disrespectful for too long! If you can’t take the heat of simple blogs, then it’s time to get off the PC. ***

  11. Obama speech transcript:

    “We start 2009 in the midst of a crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetime, a crisis that has only deepened over the last few weeks.”–President-elect Barack Obama, Jan. 8, 2009.

    Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service…

    PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA: (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Everybody be seated. Thank you very much. (Applause continues.) Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause continues.) Thank you very much. Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Please be seated. Thank you so much.

    Let me begin by thanking George Mason University for their extraordinary hospitality and to thank all the great friends, the governors, the mayors, who are in attendance here today.

    Throughout America’s history, there have been some years that simply rolled into the next without much notice or fanfare, and then there are the years that come along once in a generation, the kind that mark a clean break from a troubled past and set a new course for our nation. This is one of those years.

    We start 2009 in the midst of a crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetime, a crisis that has only deepened over the last few weeks. Nearly 2 million jobs have been now lost, and on Friday we’re likely to learn that we lost more jobs last year than at any time since World War II. Just in the past year, another 2.8 million Americans who want and need full-time work have had to settle for part-time jobs. Manufacturing has hit a 28-year low. Many businesses cannot borrow or make payroll. Many families cannot pay their bills or their mortgage. Many workers are watching their life savings disappear. And many, many Americans are both anxious and uncertain of what the future will hold.

    Now, I don’t believe it’s too late to change course, but it will be if we don’t take dramatic action as soon as possible. If nothing is done, this recession could linger for years. The unemployment rate could reach double digits. Our economy could fall $1 trillion short of its full capacity, which translates into more than $12,000 in lost income for a family of four. We could lose a generation of potential and promise, as more young Americans are forced to forgo dreams of college or the chance to train for the jobs of the future. And our nation could lose the competitive edge that has served as a foundation for our strength and our standing in the world.

    In short, a bad situation could become dramatically worse.

    This crisis did not happen solely by some accident of history or normal turn of the business cycle, and we won’t get out of it by simply waiting for a better day to come or relying on the worn-out dogmas of the past. We arrived at this point due to an era of profound irresponsibility that stretched from corporate boardrooms to the halls of power in Washington, D.C.

    For years, too many Wall Street executives made imprudent and dangerous decisions (Jim Himes covers his face) , seeking profits with too little regard for risk, too little regulatory scrutiny, and too little accountability. Banks made loans without concern for whether borrowers could repay them, and some borrowers took advantage of cheap credit to take on debt they couldn’t afford. Politicians spent taxpayer money without wisdom or discipline and too often focused on scoring political points instead of problems they were sent here to solve. The result has been a devastating loss of trust and confidence in our economy, our financial markets and our government.

    Now, the very fact that this crisis is largely of our own making means that it’s not beyond our ability to solve. Our problems are rooted in past mistakes, not our capacity for future greatness. It will take time, perhaps many years, but we can rebuild that lost trust and confidence. We can restore opportunity and prosperity.

    We should never forget that our workers are still more productive than any on Earth. Our universities are still the envy of the world. We are still home to the most brilliant minds, the most creative entrepreneurs and the most advanced technology and innovation that history has ever known. And we are still the nation that has overcome great fears and improbable odds.

    If we act with the urgency and seriousness that this moment requires, I know that we can do it again. That is why I have moved quickly to work with my economic team and leaders of both parties on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will immediately jump- start job creation and long-term growth. It’s a plan that represents not just new policy, but a whole new approach to meeting our most urgent challenges. For if we hope to end this crisis, we must end the culture of “anything goes” that helped create it. And this change must begin in Washington. It’s time to trade old habits for a new spirit of responsibility. It is time to finally change the ways of Washington so that we can set a new and better course for America.

    There is no doubt that the cost of this plan will be considerable. It will certainly add to the budget deficit in the short term. But equally certain are the consequences of doing too little or nothing at all, for that will lead to an even greater deficit of jobs, incomes and confidence in our economy.

    It is true that we cannot depend on government alone to create jobs or long-term growth, but at this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe.

    Only government can break the cycle that are crippling our economy — where a lack of spending leads to lost jobs which leads to even less spending; where an inability to lend and borrow stops growth and leads to even less credit.

    That’s why we need to act boldly and act now to reverse these cycles. That’s why we need to put money in the pockets of the American people, create new jobs, and invest in our future. That’s why we need to restart the flow of credit and restore the rules of the road that will ensure a crisis like this never happens again.

    And this plan begins with — this plan must begin today, a plan I am confident will save or create at least 3 million jobs over the next few years. It is not just another public-works program; it’s a plan that recognizes both the paradox and the promise of this moment — the fact that there are millions of Americans trying to find work even as, all around the country, there’s so much work to be done. And that’s why we’ll invest in priorities like energy and education; health care and a new infrastructure that are necessary to keep us strong and competitive in the 21st century. That’s why the overwhelming majority of the jobs created will be in the private sector, while our plan will save the public sector jobs of teachers, police officers, firefighters and others who provide vital services.

    To finally spark the creation of a clean-energy economy, we will double the production of alternative energy in the next three years. We will modernize more than 75 percent of federal buildings and improve the energy efficiency of 2 million American homes, saving consumers and taxpayers billions on our energy bills. In the process, we will put Americans to work in new jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced — jobs building solar panels and wind turbines, constructing fuel-efficient cars and buildings, and developing the new energy technologies that will lead to even more jobs, more savings, and a cleaner, safer planet in the bargain.

    To improve the quality of our health care while lowering its cost, we will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that within five years all of America’s medical records are computerized. This will cut waste, eliminate red tape, and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests. But it just won’t save billions of dollars and thousands of jobs, it will save lives by reducing the deadly but preventable medical errors that pervade our health care system.

    To give our children the chance to live out their dreams in a world that’s never been more competitive, we will equip tens of thousands of schools, community colleges and public universities with 21st-century classrooms, labs and libraries. We’ll provide new computers, new technology, and new training for teachers so that students in Chicago and Boston can compete with kids in Beijing for the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future.

    To build an economy that can lead this future, we will begin to rebuild America. Yes, we’ll put people to work repairing crumbling roads, bridges and schools by eliminating the backlog of well-planned, worthy and needed infrastructure projects, but we’ll also do more to retrofit America for a global economy. That means updating the way we get our electricity by starting to build a new smart grid that will save us money, protect our power sources from blackout or attack, and deliver clean, alternative forms of energy to every corner of our nation. It means expanding broadband lines across America so that a small business in a rural town can connect and compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world. And it means investing in the science, research and technology that will lead to new medical breakthroughs, new discoveries, and entire new industries.

    And finally, this recovery and reinvestment plan will provide immediate relief to states, workers and families who are bearing the brunt of this recession. To get people spending again, 95 percent of working families will receive a thousand-dollar tax cut, the first stage of a middle-class tax cut that I promised during the campaign and will include in our next budget. To help Americans who have lost their jobs and can’t find new ones, we’ll continue the bipartisan extension of unemployment insurance and health-care coverage to help them through this crisis. Government at every level will have to tighten its belt, but we’ll help struggling states avoid harmful budget cuts, as long as they take responsibility and use the money to maintain essential services like police, fire, education and health care.

    Now, I understand that some might be skeptical of this plan. Our government has already spent a good deal of money, but we haven’t yet seen that translate into more jobs or higher incomes or renewed confidence in our economy. And that’s why the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan won’t just throw money at our problems; we’ll invest in what works. The true test of the policies we’ll pursue won’t be whether they’re Democratic or Republican ideas, whether they’re conservative or liberal ideas, but whether they create jobs, grow our economy, and put the American Dream within reach of the American people.

    Instead of politicians doling out money behind a veil of secrecy, decisions about where we invest will be made transparently, and informed by independent experts wherever possible. Every American will be able to hold Washington accountable for these decisions by going online to see how and where their taxpayer dollars are being spent. And as I announced yesterday, we will launch an unprecedented effort to eliminate unwise and unnecessary spending that has never been more unaffordable for our nation and our children’s future than it is right now.

    We have to make tough choices and smart investments today so that as the economy recovers, the deficits start coming down. We cannot have a solid recovery if our people and our businesses don’t have confidence that we’re getting our fiscal house in order. And that’s why our goal is not to create a slew of new government programs, but a foundation for long-term economic growth.

    That also means an economic recovery plan that is free from earmarks and pet projects. I understand that every member of Congress has ideas about how to spend money, and many of these projects are worthy. They benefit local communities. But this emergency legislation must not be the vehicle for those aspirations. This must be a time when leaders in both parties put the urgent needs of our nation above our own narrow interests.

    Now, this recovery plan alone will not solve all the problems that led us into this crisis. We must also work with the same sense of urgency to stabilize and repair the financial system we all depend on. That means using our full arsenal of tools to get credit flowing again to families and business, while restoring confidence in our markets. It means launching a sweeping effort to address the foreclosure crisis so that we can keep responsible families in their homes. It means preventing the catastrophic failure of financial institutions whose collapse could endanger the entire economy, but only with maximum protections for taxpayers and a clear understanding that government support for any company is an extraordinary action that must come with significant restrictions on the firms that receive support. And it means reforming a weak and outdated regulatory system so that we can better withstand financial shocks and better protect consumers, investors and businesses from the reckless greed and risk- taking that must never endanger our prosperity again.

    No longer can we allow Wall Street wrongdoers to slip through regulatory cracks. No longer can we allow special interests to put their thumbs on the economic scales. No longer can we allow the unscrupulous lending and borrowing that leads only to destructive cycles of bubble and bust.

    It is time to set a new course for this economy, and that change must begin now. We should have an open and honest discussion about this recovery plan in the days ahead, but I urge Congress to move as quickly as possible on behalf of the American people. For every day we wait or point fingers or drag our feet, more Americans will lose their jobs; more families will lose their savings; more dreams will be deferred and denied; and our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse.

    That is not the country I know. It is not a future I accept as president of the United States. A world that depends on the strength of our economy is now watching and waiting for America to lead once more, and that is what we will do.

    It will not come easy or happen overnight, and it is altogether likely that things may get worse before they get better. But that is all the more reason for Congress to act without delay. I know the scale of this plan is unprecedented, but so is the severity of our situation. We have already tried the wait-and-see approach to our problems, and it is the same approach that helped lead us to this day of reckoning.

    And that is why the time has come to build a 21st-century economy in which hard work and responsibility are once again rewarded. That’s why I’m asking Congress to work with me and my team day and night, on weekends if necessary, to get the plan passed in the next few weeks. That’s why I’m calling on all Americans — Democrats and Republicans and independents — to kut — to put good ideas ahead of the old ideological battles, a sense of common purpose above the same narrow partisanship, and insist that the first question each of us asks isn’t “What’s good for me?” but “What’s good for the country my children will inherit?”

    More than any program or policy, it is this spirit that will enable us to confront these challenges with the same spirit that has led previous generations to face down war and depression and fear itself. And if we do — if we are able to summon that spirit again; if are able to look out for one another and listen to one another, and do our part for our nation and for posterity — then I have no doubt that, years from now, we will look back on 2009 as one of those years that marked another new and hopeful beginning for the United States of America.

    Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.)

  12. “A neurotic is someone that builds castles in the sky. A psychotic builds castles in the sky and lives in them.”

    Someone sent this line to me anonymously with a fill in the blank. What Bridgeport pol could they be talking about?

  13. *** #13- Thank you, thank you, thank you very much, thank you, & thank god the speech transcript wasn’t any longer Joel! Are you usually off work by 3:00pm or just surfing the net @ work? Nice gig! ***

  14. Golf Prophylactic

    Do you know what’s the difference between Butt Floss and regular Floss? … The Taste!!!

    Call me sometime and let’s book a match of four skins up at the Wheel.

  15. I hate to get serious on everyone, but I did not see a request for GE match money on the list the Mayor submitted–maybe I missed it. If it is not on the list, the Mayor may want to add it since it is doubtful, or at least it seems so, that the Governor will come up with it. In fact, does anyone know if the offer from GE is still on the table? Lennie any info?

  16. I get out of work at 3:30 p.m. Have you heard of sick, personal and vacation days? I have a combined total of 110 days, so you can stop expecting me to blog at a set specific time or day. I never had access to a pc or laptop at work–I’ll try sending you smoke signals whenever I get the urge to send messages or comments while at work.

  17. RedWhiteandOhSoBlue.

    There was an interesting consulting report by O,R&L Real Estate services given to the State for CHFA in May of 2008 regarding viability of the downtown Bridgeport housing marketplace. To say the least it was not very encouraging about the market conditions for Bridgeport. I don’t know if this was part of the CHFA piece of the puzzle towards GE matching monies. Kuchma Bijou Condo Project is in Limbo because of some health issues of one of the key investors. 333 State Street was scaled back, interestingly, two weeks after it was purchased. I hope that GE doesn’t flip its switch on promised money. One of the problems for Downtown and the City will be the poor absorption rate of so many properties on the market. Real Estate and its prices are driven by supply and demand. Creditworthy buyers have an excellent opportunity with record low interest rates coupled with some shake-out in pricing. Overall, with the exception of foreclosures and bank-owned properties, Bridgeport has not lost that much in value compared to other parts of the country. Steel Point is a joke and everyone in City Hall seems to be gun-shy to pull the trigger and dump the developer. This probably doesn’t answer your question.

    Anybody know who is taking Keeley’s place over at DSSD?

  18. Best wishes to the 50 NAGE employees who are leaving tomorrow. I am disappointed that Frank didn’t come through for you all or at least let you know what was going on. I hope you all go on to bigger and better things.

    At least one person came off the layoff list. The ceramics teacher at the Ike Senior Center was saved by Mario. Good news for her but that doesn’t help the other 50.

    And I heard that Nancy Hadley was applying for DSSD. Not sure if that’s true or just another City Hall rumor.

  19. Has anybody read or heard about the “Blood on the Hands” letter bashing Tom Coble? If whatever happened on this letter is true I would hope that the Administration acts swiftly and justly. Behavior of that caliber should not be tolerated and acted upon ASAP!

    RedWhiteandBlue- You might want to contact councilman Curwen about the GE money. Since he had the Luxury and only a luxury of hanging out with the Mayor and OPM director I am sure he knows it inside out.

  20. Coble is an angry man and he can’t control it. Ask anyone on the 2nd floor of the Annex. He has quite the reputation for having temper tantrums and getting in people’s faces. There are at least 3 – 4 complaints filed against him. He’s a big scary guy with a violent criminal past. Why would we hire him in the first place and Why would Ford want to defend a monster like this?

  21. Details are still sketchy but TC apparently knocked one of his female employees out cold with a left hook. The employee is afraid to come forward for fear of her life. He will get a verbal warning. All he has to do is keep going down the yellow brick road and see the Wizard of Osborne.

  22. OMG I did not hear that. I heard that he was continually bullying the women in his office. Two of them have filed complaints and the 3rd one enjoys it. He got her a job and that’s her payback.

    People MUST go to the Police and make a complaint. There must be a record of all this. They cannot depend on LO to do anything. The police is their best option.

  23. You know there are laws against threatening, intimidating and bullying in the workplace. Bpt should have a zero tolerance policy. GO TO THE POLICE.

  24. CHS- it’s amazing how an incident like this will get overlooked and forgotten about. Nobody has the balls to investigate this. NOBODY not Lennie, the Post, News 12, USA Today, NOBODY!

    I am not even sure if going to the police is safe. You have a chief who is trying to be permanent and the rank-and-file cops are trying to make peace with the administration.

    Mark my words. A week from now nothing will be done. TC should be put on administrative leave until this investigation is cleared for the safety of the people in that department.

  25. Lennie:

    What was the first or one of the first acts in Congress by Jim Himes? Congressman Cohen (D-TN) introduced HR 18 and among the 12 cosponsors is Jim Himes. The resolution’s intent is to glorify the late actor Paul Newman. Why would someone elected to Congress with the support of Bridgeport go out and cosponsor a resolution to honor a man who called Bridgeport “The Armpit of Connecticut”? Another congressman from Connecticut had signed on to the resolution along with 10 others–Jimmy just had to jump on the bandwagon. Could it be that the principles of our economy is indeed sound to the point that Jimmy can concentrate on useless resolutions?


  26. *** #32- I’m in agreement; if Westport & Co. wish to honor Paul Newman (I believe he lived in Westport?) then so be it. And you can be sure Hollywood will end up having something since they love parties & dressing up, etc. But from what I know, Newman was never a big fan of Bpt. great actor or not. (Love his salad dressings) *** On the T/C story, since all I’ve heard is rumor gossip on what went down, I can only state that there’s always #2 sides to a story & somewhere in the middle you may find the truth! Thats it @ this time. *** Back to the game, where Florida seems to have the speed & the better athletic players against Oklahoma but the Sooners seem a bit bigger, sloppy @ times but have that “no-huddle offense” that can play havoc with Florida’s nickle & dime defense! Special teams & turnovers will be a factor in the outcome. ***

  27. If and I mean a big if the stories about TC are true then the people involved should bypass the Bridgeport PD and go directly to the FBI. The stories sure sound like Federal Laws are being broken.
    Are you people saying that the victims will not come forward because they fear for their lives? If so it begs for someone to take this to the Feds on their behalf. TC may be pissed that he did not get the job that ended up with Rich Paoletto getting it.

  28. Mojo,
    I couldn’t give a shit who you are or what district you FORMERLY represented. Time on the city council does not bestow a pipeline to all the straight dope running downhill from Lyon Terrace. It is simply membership on a legislative body that is so inherently dysfunctional and corrupted by special interests that it will NEVER accomplish anything remotely good for the people that elected its members in the first place.

  29. I am amazed at the condemnation and damnation and free-flowing comments about Tom Coble’s guilt. Do any of you know Tom? You sound like a frenzied mob calling for blood. Blood on your hands was an excellent title for the mailing. Is it true? For whom? It isn’t Tom. Be careful of the seeds you sow into the lives of others. You reap what you sow.

  30. As a long-term civil servant, I just have to say we have no upper echelon that understands that they are public servants. They actually THINK that they are employees of some big corporation, are entitled to BIG PERKS, LIKE take-home cars, cell phones and credit cards that will buy you lunch and dinner etc. Those days are gone in the private sector, but live on in the taxpayer expense area. Isn’t that unethical, greedy, and some other adjectives??? Where are the good old guys, attorneys and top-notch guys who would have given these perks back long before asking the lowly paid NAGE workers to give back??? Where are those guys??? They must have fled Bridgeport some time ago I guess. And we are stuck with out-of-towners who milk the taxpayers for every perk they can get whilst they ask lowly paid career civil servants to give up their grocery, gas and tax money. Yes … FEENEY, SHERWOOD AND OTHERS. I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU. You wouldn’t know public service if it was a snake and bit you in the butt. There are poor people here in Bridgeport. They don’t need your highly educated crap. They need help … GIVE … GIVE … GIVE.


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