Emboldened by Tuesday’s drubbing of endorsed Democrats, coalition forces that supported the winning primary challengers for school board and City Council in Bridgeport are looking to next year’s legislative season and among the establishment targets is state Sen. Anthony Musto, who’s likely to be challenged by Marilyn Moore. Moore served as campaign manager for the Board of Education winners.
In this season of opportunity for challengers, anti-establishment activists view Musto’s voting record as vulnerable in a Democratic primary next August. This would be a rematch from the Democratic primary in 2008 when Musto squeaked past Moore in the city-suburban 22nd Senate District that includes all of Trumbull, part of Monroe and western portion of the city including the higher turnout Black Rock, Brooklawn and North End neighborhoods. The number of registered Democrats in the Bridgeport portion of the district is roughly double the suburban registration.
Musto has drawn the ire of Bridgeport government reformers for killing a bill co-sponsored by state Reps. Jack Hennessy and Auden Grogins to enforce Bridgeport’s City Charter prohibiting city employees from serving on the City Council and eliminating conflicts of interests such as councilors approving their own wages and benefits. Musto feared alienating Bridgeport’s political establishment that opposed the bill. Two city employees who serve on the council were defeated Tuesday night, Warren Blunt and Richard Bonney.
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