Don’t ya just love political campaigns? When Bill Finch was a member of the City Council, State Senate and a mayoral candidate four years ago Mary-Jane Foster in his view was the cat’s meow, the visionary behind the Bridgeport Bluefish and ballpark and arena at Harbor Yard. As a member of the City Council Finch voted to approve the Bluefish contract with the city, as a state senator coveted Foster for campaign donations, as a candidate for mayor loved her for raising tens of thousands of dollars for his campaign. He loved her so much he named her his mayoral transition team chief. Now that she’s a mayoral opponent, well she’s a bum.
The Finch campaign has kicked out its first direct radio attack against Foster regarding her ownership in the Bridgeport Bluefish, featuring two women making the case for Finch. See a transcript of the radio spot below followed by the Foster campaign’s response.
Hey, have you been following the Mayor’s race?
Um, Not really, the summer has been busy.
Well, it’s a no brainer, vote for Mayor Finch.
OK… Who’s running against him?
Mary Jane Foster. She telling people she’s a successful business woman.
Really? What has she done?
Well, as CEO and part owner of the Blue Fish, she lost money nine years in a row.
That’s not good.
Things got so bad, she even took a million dollar taxpayer bailout.
So wait. Mary Jane’s only business lost money and she took a taxpayer bailout? That’s not going to get my vote.
Especially when you compare Mary Jane’s failure, with Bill Finch’s record of success.
Like that new development downtown, what’s it been, 25 years?
I know, with so many new businesses opening, we actually enjoy going down there again.
You’re right, it’s a no brainer. I’ll tell everyone I know to vote for Bill Finch on September 13.
Foster Campaign: Finch Lies and Breaks His Promises
The campaign for Democratic candidate for mayor of Bridgeport Mary-Jane Foster issued the following statement today in response to Mayor Bill Finch’s radio ad:
“Bill Finch lied when he promised voters a $600 tax cut in order to get elected and he’s lying about Mary-Jane Foster’s record with the Bridgeport Bluefish,” stated Jason Bartlett, campaign manager. “Mary-Jane never took a bailout. In truth, she is responsible for transforming a contaminated, abandoned factory into the beautiful Ballpark and Arena at Harbor Yard. She founded the Bridgeport Bluefish, a franchise that has pumped $60 million into Bridgeport and the regional economy and created 140 permanent jobs, most of which are held by Bridgeport residents. The Bluefish and Arena have brought millions of people to downtown over the last 12 years and have contributed significantly to repositioning Bridgeport as an attractive destination offering family-friendly entertainment.
What can Bill Finch point to as his legacy? Lies and broken promises. He knew he couldn’t deliver a $600 tax refund to voters but winning was more important than telling the truth. He said he would create jobs – but the only people getting jobs are his politically connected friends, like the $8 million going to his lawyer friends. He said he would lower taxes. Instead he has raised taxes. Crime is up on his watch and the majority of voters feel the city is headed in the wrong direction. And because he’s done such a stellar job, he made sure he and his staff got hefty raises – all while shaking down hard working city employees for concessions and campaign contributions.
Bill Finch has been an elected official for more than a decade and has nothing to show for it, so he’s attacking Mary-Jane. Everything he claims he did was initiated by someone else and every job he’s ever had has been given to him. Mary-Jane looks forward to standing toe to toe with Bill Finch and comparing her professional record to his total lack of accomplishment.”
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