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Would You Vote For Ernie Newton?

Ernie Newton

The municipal election cycle is over. The page has turned to the 2012 presidential election season and a boatload of races for state and federal office. One high-profile pol who has made his intentions known is former State Senator Ernie Newton who wants his old job back after resigning it in 2005 as a result of federal corruption charges.

The “Moses of his people” says a formal declaration will come after the first of the year but he certainly will be in the mix for Connecticut’s 23rd Senatorial District seat occupied by Ed Gomes. The district includes the South End, East Side, East End and a portion of the North End of Bridgeport and a small piece of Stratford.

Newton was a fixture in city politics for 25 years, first as a young City Council president then in the State House before winning the 2003 special election for State Senate following the death of Alvin Penn. Flamboyant in dress and a lightning rod for discussion, Newton wants a second chance at public office and believes his former constituents will deliver. He cites millions of dollars he delivered for the city for neighborhood clean up and development, the Innovation Center and St. Mark’s Day Care.

Ed Gomes

Ed Gomes, a tough cookie, is an Army veteran and retired steelworker who has built up his own constituency in his years in the State Senate. Newton says he wishes Gomes a full recovery following Gomes’ late September heart surgery. They have faced each other before. Newton and Gomes were just a few hundred votes apart when Newton won the special election in the spring of 2003. Gomes won the special election to fill Newton’s vacancy.

Others may jump into the mix for an August 2012 primary. The Democratic Party endorsement session will take place in May.

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16 Responses

  1. foo says:


  2. Bob says:

    Ernie Newton violated the public trust. He paid the price after being caught and convicted. The FBI uses the motto, “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and hangs around with ducks, it probably is a duck”. There are other non-representative jobs that Ernie Newton can do, but being a representative of any group of people means being held to a higher standard. He does NOT qualify.

  3. rayriv says:

    would you hand feed a pirahna?,dance on the third rail,wrestle an aligator,hug a gorilla? you know where this is going right?

  4. East Side lifer says:

    Good point, “Stuck”.I also doubt that Mr Newton got caught taking his first bribe.

  5. Stuck Here says:

    Leopards don’t change their spots.Neither do crooked politicians.Is a convicted felon the best option for Bpt? Remember- Newton only got caught ONCE.Imagine what he did for 20yrs before they started watching him,and he got caught.Let’s elect some new blood-minus the criminal record

  6. Rose M says:

    Everyone has something that they wish could be different and none of us are able to judge each other or cast stones, because we all are guilty of indecent behavior in one aspect or another. There are many people in congress that are dishonest yet their maliciousness is covered and they continue on without detection or punishment. I believe the Mr. Ernest Newton deserves an opportunity to voice the concerns and needs of the Bridgeport citizens. He has made mistakes as we can see and NO he is not the reason that Bridgeport has a substandard ideal view. There were many politicians and business men before him that can take the prize for the so called Laughable image, that excuse me Bridgeport USED to have. This city is rising from the dirt and being brushed off and restored. I am a life long citizen and I WOULD VOTE for you Mr. Newton.

  7. Aldonna P Powell says:

    We all make mistakes this is true, No one can say they have not sinned: Mr Newton has paid the price. But Bridgeport CT needs leaders who will work for the entire city and not just for there own pockets:
    The municipal election cycle is over this is true: 2012 should bring about changes and regrowth, lets keep a open mind to what Bridgeport needs. Former State Senator Ernie Newton who wants his old job back after resigning it in 2005 as a result of federal corruption charges.
    Ok he is educated, and wants to do good for the city: I doubt serious if the man will be enticed by crime again. But do we know the whole story no so why judge before you have walked in his shoes: Newton been involoved in Bridgeport for 25 years, first as a young City Council president then in the State House before winning the 2003 special election for State Senate following the death of Alvin Penn. But people state that Bridgeport is a laughing stock of issue no society has led Bridgeport Down, one person did not do this: It can be the entire society to change things around if society would just look around and get there acts together and work in the community, churches, with the youth and get some companies in Bridgeport to employee Bridgeport CT residents: Instead of running our mouths about another persons failures, lets run our mouths to getting Bridgeport Back on the map with education, work, community uplifting, safety, elder care, day care, jobs, transportation, go green actitives:

  8. Newton says:

    I would like to thank everyone for your comments. I may have made some mistakes in my life But one thing for Sure ive always.worked hard for our city. as deputy speaker of the House and deputy president of the Senate.

  9. john ross says:

    +well maybe he got his act togetter “just maybe ” folks..

  10. Hammond Egger says:

    There oughta be a law barring convicted felons from running for public office.The ignorant and stupid voters here can’t help themselves from electing the worst possible candidates.For example-the mindless throngs just re-elected BILL FINCH

  11. richard says:

    you would have to be crazy to vote for newton for anything…………….

  12. N.J Moore says:

    Yes I would vote for Mr Newton I know him and he has a good heart and
    he has always helped other people. Everyone makes a mistake and he should get another chance.

  13. raydog says:

    Bridgeport needs GANIM!!!

  14. john ross says:

    i remember this guy, meet him in at a party in BPT, IN 1985 //////// I DID LIKE HIM THEN.. SO I STILL DON,T LIKE HIM !

  15. Hammond Egger says:

    Newton’s garish attire and mangling of the English language made Bpt a laughinstock of CT-as the idiots here kept re-electing him. Despite the fact he was a total embarassment. And not to mention he was crooked as a dog’s rear leg. I would sooner vote for the president of Iran before Newton.

  16. Dave Moore says:

    Ed Gomes is a class act who had delivered for Bridgeport and has always fought the good fight. He deserves re-election.