Saturday, April 20, 2024

Obama Goes to Fairfield County for Dough, But Misses Crime Ridden Bridgeport


This morning, according to the Connecticut Post, there was gunfire in Bridgeport, Connecticut around 2am.  A gold Hummer was somehow involved. Yesterday the city that is mostly boarded up downtown had its 15th murder of the year. A little girl was shot also.Last year, Bridgeport had a total of 20 murders (ten went unsolved) so the city is definitely going for the gold this year. And violent crime is on the upswing in Bridgeport and Stamford according to an FBI report

Bridgeport is ten minutes away from Westport, and 20 minute away from Stamford, where President Obama will raise millions today for his presidential campaign. If only he could see Bridgeport, where the last two mayors (not the current one) served prison terms. And the Moonies own the once important University of Bridgeport, now famous for being the graduate school of Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad. He was arrested in Bridgeport after failing to blow up the crossroads of the world.

The overtaxed police are also trying to implement the current mayor’s new curfew, just signed into effect. No one under 18 is supposed to be out in street after midnight. It’s unlikely that any of the guests at any of the fundraisers today has set foot in downtown Bridgeport, possibly ever. And tonight won’t be the night. In 1973, Paul Newman called Bridgeport “the armpit of New England.” And nothing has changed.

It’s not all bad. There is a Dairy Queen. Maybe two.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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