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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: Bridgeport Mayor Fabrizi will not seek re-election

Disgraced State Senator Ernest Newton, disgraced Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi, and
State Senator (and Libercrat) Bill Finch

Looks like another member of team Joementum and one third of "Bridgeport's Three Amigos," bites the dust.
Mayor John M. Fabrizi, who took over the city's top job in the midst of a federal corruption scandal, but whose own tenure as mayor was rocked by controversy over personal behavior, has decided not to seek re-election.

"I will not seek another term as your mayor," the mayor said in brief remarks Tuesday afternoon at City Hall Annex.

He said that he intends to serve out his term, which ends Nov. 30, to finish projects already under way "and to move this city even further ahead."

he 50-year-old Democrat was facing a tough campaign to win a second full term this year in the wake of his admission last year that he had abused illegal drugs and alcohol while in office. Compounding that problem, in March he spoke in court on behalf of a 22-year-old man convicted of having sex with and twice impregnating a 13-year-old girl at the man's sentencing.

In the wake of both controversies, Fabrizi repeatedly offered public apologies for his behavior, but the criticism has been harsh and unrelenting.

District leaders of the Democratic Town Committee, meeting privately over the weekend, reportedly voted strongly against the mayor serving as the party's standard-bearer in the November election.
Like the mayors before him, Fabrizi is just another in a long list of corrupt and disgraced politicians from Bridgeport and no one should shed a tear for him.