The fact that Mayor Finch hasn’t spoken out against Kenneth Moales is almost as disturbing as Moales’ behavior.
As reported in the Wait, What? post, And in Bridgeport, the winner is Finch’s Campaign Treasurer, Kenneth Moales, Jr., earlier this week the five Democratic Board of Education members loyal to Mayor Bill Finch elected Reverend Kenneth Moales Jr. as the new chair of the Bridgeport Board of Education.
Close to the end of the last Board of Education meeting, when one of the non-Finch allied members had the floor and was introducing a motion to censure Moales for what she called “insensitive, disrespectful, disparaging, racist and stereotypical” comments that Moales had made, Moales went – quite frankly – berserk.
Moales has displayed similarly bizarre or erratic behavior at previous meetings. At one point he confronted Maria Pereira, one of the other members who have opposed Moales, Vallas and the Finch faction, by suggesting that she was on Ritalin or you’re special ed.” At another time he referred to Sauda Baraka as Tonto.
Despite the outrageous behavior, there was no apparent effort to get Finch’s lieutenant under control.
This time, according to a story in the CT Post, Moales shouted, “Welcome to the new administration…I’d like to make a motion to adjourn. Can I get a second? Welcome to Kenneth Moales Jr.’s administration. The meeting is adjourned, in Jesus’ name have a great night. Welcome to the new revelation.”
Of course, his motion was out of order and no formal vote was taken, but four of the five Democrats stood up and walked out.
Moales then returned to the meeting and confronted the author of the censure motion, Sauda Baraka saying, “I assure you, you will regret doing that in front of my wife and kids.”
Now the CT Post has weighed in on Moales and his behavior.
In an editorial entitled, School board’s future depends on new leader, the paper wrote of the last board meeting;
“To no one’s surprise, the board elected the vice chairman, Kenneth Moales, with the same 5-vote majority that determines nearly every major decision that comes before the board. What happened next surprised almost everyone, as board member Sauda Baraka raised a motion to censure Moales for what she called a series of inappropriate remarks at previous board meetings.
Moales’ response, his first action as board chairman, was to talk over her and proclaim: “Welcome to Kenneth Moales Jr.’s administration. The meeting is adjourned, in Jesus’ name have a great night. Welcome to the new revelation.”
Somehow managing to make matters worse, Moales then approached Baraka as the meeting was breaking up and said, “I assure you, you will regret doing that in front of my wife and kids.”
The chairman of the board threatened a fellow member, in plain sight. Even in Bridgeport, that’s not something you see every day.”
The editorial went on to observe, “It is up to Moales, the duly elected leader, to make things right on the board. That doesn’t mean shutting down meetings when things don’t go his way, or talking over dissenting voices. And it certainly doesn’t include threats to fellow board members, or anyone else.”
But despite the various media reports and a demand by Baraka that Finch speak out; there has been nothing but silence from Bridgeport’s chief elected official.
That silence speaks volumes.