The dispute resolution committee of the state Democratic Party will uphold the party endorsement of Bridgeport city Councilman Richard DeJesus for state Senate, sources tell The Hanging Shad. The decision has been reached but not yet officially announced.
In a nutshell, two Bridgeport Democrats were vying for the endorsement to replace former state Sen. Andres Ayala who is the new chief at the department of motor vehicles. The delegates who originally chose Ayala met last Thursday to decide between former state Sen. Ed Gomes and city Councilman Richard DeJesus.
The two camps agreed on attorney Edwin Farrow as the convention chair. After the vote was tied at 26-26, Farrow broke the deadlock by voting for DeJesus. Upon questioning by the media, it was disclosed that DeJesus is a client of Farrow’s law practice. They didn’t disclose the relationship before the vote. Gomes officially objected to the state party and is seeking a “dismissal” of the DeJesus endorsement. The official party backing is key because the endorsed candidate is eligible for public financing.
Gomes told The Hanging Shad Wednesday night that he didn’t think things would go his way. “I’ve served this party for 40 years and all we wanted was a fair shake. We wanted a clean election and it [the endorsement vote] wasn’t.”
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