If nothing else, opponent John Gomes has gone to school on Mayor Joe Ganim’s retail politicking hoping his tour de force leads to a royal flush.
In 2015, during the campaign that returned him to the mayoralty, Ganim often showed off his skill at scoring people points. There was a hole in a fence leading to the crime-plagued Trumbull Gardens housing project. Ganim did some handy patchwork to close the gap. It didn’t matter that the desperados broke through the fence again, Ganim had made a point: I got your back.
Every time incumbent Bill Finch talked about the lower crime rate in the face of another shooting, Ganim talked about conducting a vigil.
Gomes was often at Ganim’s side cheering him on. Gomes had worked for Finch and was shown the door. Gomes worked for Ganim and the same thing happened.
Fast forward to 2023 and now Ganim’s former chief administrative officer has pounced on an opportunity in an attempt to pull off some Ganim magic. He’s crowing about the installation of a porta potty at the fishing pier leading to Pleasure Beach after a female angler complained of no place to do her business.
Gomes featured her on his Facebook page.
“I’m gonna work with you until we get a porta potty there.”
No word on who was first to christen the new throne.