The mayoral campaign of John Gomes on Monday announced it will file a court action on Tuesday to challenge the results of last week’s Democratic primary showing Joe Ganim with a lead of 251 votes.
Two accomplished election lawyers will go at it: Bill Bloss for the Gomes campaign and Deputy City Attorney John Bohannon defending the vote count on behalf of the Registrar’s Office.
This will take weeks to sort out with the contents of the drop box fronting the Morton Government Center key evidence for both sides.
At issue several videos released by the Gomes campaign, from law enforcement surveillance footage, capturing a woman dropping what appear to be absentee ballots a week from the primary. Did the drop box during the time in question produce a small or large amount of absentees?
Separate from that the Gomes campaign asserts it has uncovered several other areas of concern related to absentees.
The initial questions from the news conference, see above, center on how the Gomes campaign received the videos. The campaign sidestepped the questions focusing instead on the contents of the videos.
Gomes Campaign Manager Christine Bartlett-Josie leads the news conference at campaign headquarters attended by a slew of media outlets.
Statement from Ganim:
“I want to state unequivocally that I do not condone, in any way, actions taken by anyone including any campaign, city, or elected official, which undermines the integrity of either the electoral process or city property. The Bridgeport Police Department is actively investigating all these matters, and my administration will continue to update the public as we are able to obtain more information.”