Bridgeport · Reform

Challenger Slate Rejects Mayor Finch’s Olive Branch

After the endorsed slate lost in the Democratic primary, Mayor Finch offered an olive branch to the victors, inviting them to meet and discuss educational issues. The challenger slate—Dave Hennessey, Howard Gardner and Andre Baker—refused the mayor’s offer.

Instead of politely refusing, however, their Working Family Party backers flung baseless accusations about the meeting invitation.

One candidate has even refused to return the mayor’s call.

Bridgeport Working Families Party Chairman Maria Pereira told the Connecticut Post she supported the candidate’s refusal and added, “Back door meetings and wheeling and dealing? I don’t support it.” [Connecticut Post, 9/25/2013]

I’m not familiar with “back door” deals, but wouldn’t it defeat the purpose to announce your intention to hold such a meeting? I imagine that even Mayor Finch would be lower-key than to announce in the Connecticut Post that he would be contacting the slate for private meetings.

Generally current office holders offer invitations to election winners regardless of party affiliation. Just as opponents usually shake hands before and after a debate, it’s just etiquette.

The Working Families Party and the candidates they back are sending the message that they’re not willing to work together with their opponents despite their repeated claims that they’re “willing to work with anyone.”

If this is any indication of what’s to come, I fear we’ll see an even more divisive school board than we already have. (Examples below)


If you can even imagine that’s possible…


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