Jerod Geter stood behind a lectern fronting the Morton Government Center on Thursday defending the honor of his mother caught in a vortex of an election controversy that supporters of his mother assert has unfairly painted a narrow narrative failing to tell the entire story, including the culpability of two campaign camps.
“When the news broke you had every news camera, channel down this street, hundred miles of running, standing here,” Geter stated, microphone in hand. “And now that we’re seeing a whole lot of other stuff come, videos and etc…where are all the cameras and news channels?…again fair, firm and consistent is all we ask for when it comes to my mother, Wanda Geter-Pataky.”
City Councilwoman Mary McBride-Lee is one of the organizers bringing to light the harsh rush to judgment of leaked surveillance video showing Geter-Pataky depositing what appear to be absentee ballots into a drop box container days before the Democratic primary between Mayor Joe Ganim and John Gomes. Media saturation followed.
When news surfaced of multiple Gomes backers appearing to do the same media coverage was dwarfed by comparison, something McBride Lee, and others, maintain projected harsh depiction against a black woman.
Most major news outlets across the state, in fact, turned up the heat against Geter-Pataky and then turned down the temperature when surveillance reels captured Gomes supporters in the act, a condemnation of fairness and what Geter-Pataky friends say is clear racial bias.
This is the second such call to action this week on behalf of Geter-Pataky who has kept a low profile since the controversy went public two weeks ago.
Gomes is challenging Ganim’s 251-vote primary win in court that will play out for several weeks with the the Nov. 7 general election on the horizon. Gomes captured the walk-in vote, Ganim propelled by absentee ballots.
Ganim will occupy two lines in the general election: Democratic and New Movement Party; Gomes the Bridgeport Independent Party line.
Tony Barr, leader of the New Movement Party and City Councilman Ernie Newton added an illuminating twist to the proceedings, standing in front of the statue of electrical pioneer Lewis Latimer, light bulb in hand.
Affixed to the statue was a blown up image of City Councilwoman Maria Pereira searching for an absentee ballot in the vacant home of a senior citizen, a controversy that played out days before the September 12 primary. Pereira claims she had permission to search for the absentee ballot. A video camera inside the public-housing unit was turned over to authorities.
Pereira was defeated on the machines, but won because of absentee ballots.
The handling of another’s absentee ballot is limited, according to state law, allowing family members, caretakers and police officers access to deliver them.