Will State Senator Marilyn Moore challenge Ghanim again? – Only in Bridgeport®

FILE PHOTO: State Senator Marilyn Moore and Mayor Joe Ganim on the East Side podium.

She spooked Joe Ganim in the 2019 Democratic mayoral primary and will serve a fifth term as state senator in November, and once that happens, Marilyn Moore will Weighing your chances of running again for the city’s top municipal office.

She may have company as the calendar turns the page to early 2023.

Moore proved in 2019 that mayoral challengers can compete with well-funded incumbents, albeit at a largely 2-to-1 payout. It also helps to gain a support base, for her part, the parts of the city north and west that she represents in the state legislature, including the liberal bastion of Black Rock, once a rock for the Republican Party, made for her mayoral race. huge contribution.

If she runs again, she will face another Joe Ganim, who forged a dangerous bond with voters after an embarrassing gubernatorial race in 2018, years later with a historic way sent him back a second chance message.

Ghanim ran for governor in 2018 and nearly lost his re-election bid in 2019, which took him by surprise.

Ganim’s second term at JG2 has focused on business, with economic development successes such as a 6,000-seat amphitheater, urban renewal, housing starts, and taxes will definitely be maintained this year and next.

However, he is not a lock.

The police department is a problem on multiple fronts, from a top police exam scam in 2018 to staffing shortages, to now his choice to lead the department, just weeks away from three local finalists who he hopes will increase the need stability.

With a small group of advisers, Moore has the means to articulate her mayoral intentions, such as comments to CT Post reporter Brian Lockhart about the finalists for police chief.

“If they’re from Bridgeport, I’m fine. I know what I’m dealing with, I know what to expect, what to look out for, what to look out for. It helps me keep an eye on them.”

State senators have zero influence in electing municipal chiefs, they don’t analyze words that way. Now, a state senator with mayoral ambitions is very different.

Four years ago, Moore’s bid was lost on the back of Ganim’s languid re-election campaign. Her efforts were similarly feeble. It was the two most disengaged mayoral campaigns in modern electoral history.

Moore is disorganized and has nothing to share except that she’s not Joe Ganim. She has done well in the city’s Senate segment. On the other side of town, unaware her story is different.

Ghanem, who survived the absentee ballot action, is well-respected in Hispanic constituencies. He doesn’t have much to go on. Oh jeez, you brought me back, I’m running for governor, so please give me another chance.

Ghanem was lucky.

Now this is Ganim’s failure. He’s in a much stronger state now — though uncertain — with recent evidence that City Councilman Marcus Brown won a major victory over state Rep. Jack Hennessy. In a dirty game that included racial seduction and gay bashing, Agent Hennessy also tried to marry Brown, who was engaged to Ganim’s deputy chief of staff Tom Gaudett, to Ganim’s government, using one of them in front of the Winthrop school, It’s nothing more than being sued and defeated – state Sen. Dennis Bradley has spoken out to voters with a chivalrous defense of Hennessy’s authenticity.

It’s a strange sight, a vibrant Bradley in front of the North End area, who doesn’t represent an area of ​​the city. That’s the domain of Moore, who defeated Ganim there in 2019. Moore did not run in the Brown-Hennessy primary. She defeated Brown in the 2020 primary. She is useless to Hennessy.

The bigger question: Will Moore improve her standing across the city if she runs?

Moore launched a quixotic writing campaign after a botched signature request gave her general election votes on the Connecticut Working Families party line in the 2019 primary.

Since then, she’s basically fallen asleep with the city-wide issue, showing up everywhere but not being aggressive.

One thing people did notice about Moore, even from those who showed contempt for her, was an adjustment to her public persona: Her increasing engagement. Public small talk has never been her forte. She pulled over in her Jaguar, got in and waited for people to come to her. At 74, the transition from sneering to cheerfulness isn’t easy. Moore will do well.

Other potential challengers to Ganim?

If Bradley defeats his federal campaign-finance fraud charges, the case is entangled with evidentiary issues, he will step in.

Former assistant CEO John Gomez, a former Ganim ally, may join. He is allied with the anti-Ganim civic group Bridgeport Now, not to be confused with another anti-Ganim group, the leadership of Bridgeport Generation Now Votes backing Moore.

Bridgeport Now’s team, which includes John Ricci, the former director of public facilities under Ganim, and Raul Laffitte, the leader of the Cuban community, has raised more than $50,000 for its PAC, a substantial sum, and used to invest in the mayoral race to for or against the candidate.

Economic development adviser Kelvin Ayala, who last supported Moore, is thinking about it.

Retired Superior Court Judge Carmen Lopez? Every four years her name comes up, but that’s about it. A nightmare for anyone who wants to deal with political parasites at the age of 70.

Others, whether little-known or well-known, may be at play.

Moore will likely follow the same schedule as in 2019. She will win re-election, use the vacation to evaluate and prepare to make an official announcement in early 2023.

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