The Bevilacqua for General Assembly Campaign has decided to turndown the Bridgeport Regional Business Council's 'discussion forum' planned for one week prior to Election Day November 6th.
Mr. Bevilacqua received word today, that they were hoping him to be at their privately sponsored event, and without offering to him the potential to control the format, they wanted to showcase the party endorsed candidates on the same stage with Mr. Bevilacqua. The BRBC, which directs development policy for Bridgeport, an impoverished neighbor of the 123rd House district, has taken an aggressive position on candidate selection over the years. The campaign has decided that he would not debate if offered by either of his opponents. He has worked the past six months to increase his profile, identify voters concerns in the district, and has created a grassroots based excitement regarding his independent candidacy. Mr. Bevilacqua, running a traditional campaign, is relying on his 20 years of dedicated work on behalf of the people, and his relationships with state officials in advancing his campaign to be their advocate, by seeking a seat in the Connecticut House of Representatives, his former employer.
"First off, neither of my opponents are qualified to run for dog catcher, never mind the state legislature, I will not give them credibility by being seen with them." said Mr Bevilacqua "Debates are more public entertainment and frequently distract the populace from good candidates. My opponents simply don't have the qualities necessary to lead. If you want a show, go to the circus, if you want a leader, vote for me, I'm in the phonebook, call me with real questions."
"For twenty years, the BRBC, Bill Finch's former employer, ignored my sensible entreaties. Their heavy-handed approach at regional policy has created the problems of development in this area. Taxes go up, in part, because they are busy holding coffee talks, rather than crafting a plan for redevelopment. Now that my opponents are hemorrhaging support, the BRBC is begging for my involvement in their think tank. I think I'd rather be beholden to the Trumbull people than the folks who caused our town's ruin. I look forward to working with all parties in the future."