Bridgeport resident, Stephen McElroy, started a recall petition in an effort to remove Mayor Mario Blount from office on Monday night, and he addressed council and renewed his request for Blount to resign.
Blount was arrested earlier this month after being indicted by a federal grand jury for the alleged illegal distribution of oxycodone and oxymorphone while working as a pharmacist at Best Care Pharmacy.
According to the city charter, McElroy needs 10% of registered voters (which is approximately 700 signatures) plus a bond to cover the cost of the recall election to move this recall effort forward.
"Citizens of Bridgeport do not need to be divided by this controversy. We need to put this issue behind us and move forward in a positive direction. My hope is that the mayor will resign and allow that to happen," said McElroy.
"He is a citizen of Bridgeport. He has the right to talk about it, he has the right to ask for it. So, he is more than welcome to state his opinion, and I hold no ill will for him and I hope he has no ill will for me. But at this particular time I am not going to resign," explained Blount.
Blount is due back in court on July 10 for a motions hearing. His trial is set for August 4.
Jun 25, 2014 at 11:54 AMHope is a useless word to the left. Hoping he'll do the right thing is like hoping Obama will start following the LAW! Don't hold your breath.
You'll have to vote him out; force it. Crooked politicians don't care and have no shame, even when caught red-handed in their crimes. You have to have 'morals' and a sense of right and wrong to have shame and regrets for your immorality. It's obvious he doesn't have either. It's typical today. And whose to blame? Uh, when voters get 'smarter' we see problems like this disappear. Stop voting for people like this; problem solved!
Jun 23, 2014 at 11:47 PMI hope Mr. Blount does the right thing for the community and resigns. We do not need the Lopez Syndrome in Bridgeport for 2 or more years while the case winds its way through the courts.
Anyone that would like to sign or receive a copy of the petition to gather signatures from like minded citizens, email to: UniteHere@outlook.com
Jun 23, 2014 at 11:19 PMTo sign or receive a copy of the petition to recall the mayor, send an email to: UniteHere@outlook.com