Weren’t we just told for the past three years that you cannot overturn an election, because that is somehow treason? You just have to accept the results, so take that, Trump supporters! Checkmate! Yet when a Democrat accuses another Democrat of cheating in a Democrat primary, by the same means in which the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, it’s taken seriously. The case in Bridgeport, Connecticut has gone to trial, and it could actually result in the Democrat primary election being overturned.
We’ve been talking about this case for a few weeks now, because of the remarkable similarities it has to the 2020 election being robbed from the American people and Donald Trump. The primary election for mayor in Bridgeport was held on September 12th. Incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim was challenged by a former city official named John Gomes. Both are Democrats.
In the week prior to the election, Wanda Geter-Pataky, the Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic Town Clerk, was caught on video stuffing thick stacks of envelopes into the ballot drop box stationed outside her office. She was recorded doing this at 5:40 in the morning, while no one was around.
There’s no need to overthink this. Geter-Pataky was stuffing the drop box with harvested ballots and “allegedly” committed multiple crimes in doing so. She made several trips to the drop box and a couple of hours later, sent one of her employees out with a big stack of ballots to stuff in the drop box.
John Gomes lost the race by 251 votes. When his campaign discovered the video of Geter-Pataky clearly stuffing the drop box (Geter-Pataky is a very vocal supporter of the incumbent mayor), they released it on Facebook. Gomes has taken the city to court and is asking a judge to either overturn the election and declare him the winner, or to hold a do-over election.
Let’s pause right there for a moment.
If the courts and the media had been honest to us about the 2020 election, John Gomes should never have been able to bring this case to court. It should have been “dismissed without standing,” since that is what happened in 57 of the cases Trump’s legal team brought. Courts wouldn’t even look at the evidence.
“You can’t overturn an election! That’s treason,” they told us over and over again. Mike Pence is running around to this day claiming that it would have been a violation of the Constitution if he had sent the dueling slates of electors back to their home states instead of immediately certifying that bogus, pile-of-doggy-doo-doo election.
Yet John Gomes’ case has gone to trial. It started Thursday. The judge is looking at the evidence and he’s going to look at the video evidence. Gomes and his legal team say they have uncovered even more video evidence of Wanda Geter-Pataky stuffing the same drop box, although they haven’t released it yet.
The City of Bridgeport isn’t exactly covering itself in glory by trying to defend the results of this election. On Thursday, Gomes’ lawyers called the Democratic Registrar of Voters, Patricia Howard, to the stand. She displayed an amazing lack of knowledge about what the law says in regard to absentee voting in Connecticut—and that’s her job!
Connecticut law states that an absentee ballot’s outer envelope must have the date, the precise time the clerk received the ballot, and the clerk’s signature. If the outer envelope doesn’t have those on it, the ballot cannot legally be counted. Patricia Howard had no idea that was the law.
She said on the stand, “This is new to me about the signature. I’m not clear, so that means I haven’t read the book thoroughly and properly, like I should have in this instance.”
Not only is the Bridgeport clerk’s office stuffing the drop boxes, but they’re running elections without knowing the election laws they’re supposed to be following. The trial is expected to run into next week, and we’ll update you with new developments.
Here’s a local news story from Bridgeport recapping the first day of the trial: