Are you enjoying Gathering of the Vibes? The annual hippie fest is a cool event along the Seaside Park shores. Most members of the entire Democratic Bridgeport City Council are really enjoying the Vibes, courtesy of free VIP packages worth $420 each for the entire weekend. Oh yes, each council member can also bring a companion. East, drink, be merry. City Republicans say the VIP packages are much too hip hip hooray. News release below:
BRIDGEPORT REPUBLICAN PARTY CALLS ON CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS TO NOT ACCEPT VIP PACKAGES TO GATHERING OF THE VIBES OR PAY IN FULL
The Bridgeport Republican Party calls on the members of the Bridgeport City Council to not accept the two free VIP packages for each council member to the Gathering of the Vibes Festival by the operators of the festival. If they have already used it, the council members should then pay it in full.
“City Council members should not be abusing their elected position to try and get perks for their job. Given this city’s history with corruption and the embarrassment it brought, you would think these elected officials would be a little more sensitive about things exactly like this – accepting “gifts” from entities that are in a contract with the city. It’s a violation of the City Charter. While the city is laying people off, these council members are taking $850 illegal gifts,” said Marc Delmonico, Chairman of the Bridgeport RTC.
Delmonico pointed to an e-mail from City Council President Tom McCarthy and released by fellow Councilman Bob Walsh as evidence of the true nature of the VIP packages. In the e-mail, McCarthy tells his fellow council members they have a free VIP package for the Gathering of the Vibes festival for both themselves AND a companion. At the very end, McCarthy reminds them that this is supposed to be for the purpose of determining whether or not to keep the festival in Bridgeport for future years.
“This e-mail reads like a mischievous kid knowing he’s getting away with something. Council President McCarthy let’s the other members know they have this freebie and then makes sure to remind them what the cover is should anyone ask. First, why is a VIP package for an entire weekend necessary to make an assessment of the festival? How about a walkthrough with the operators while the festival is going on? Any notion that this is for “business” purposes gets completely thrown out the window when you see that they get to bring a companion. How is bringing along one of their buddies helping in their assessment? To put it simply, this is corruption,” said Delmonico.
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