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Bridgeport politician uses cake to spy on foe

April 25, 2019 GMT

BRIDGEPORT — This week city voters learned the school board’s Maria Pereira will urinate in a plastic cup to make a political point.

Now, just days after competing in a drug specimen test with a City Council member that received national media coverage, Pereira revealed she will also send an opponent a cake to prove they do not live in Bridgeport and are breaking the law.

Pereira recently filed a detailed complaint with the state Elections Enforcement Commission alleging another Board of Education member, Christopher Taylor, lives with his mother in Southport rather than in Bridgeport.

The SEEC is investigating Pereira’s claims.

Hearst Connecticut Media interviewed Taylor at the 155 Davenport St. apartment he calls his primary residence on Tuesday night. Taylor gave a reporter and photographer a tour to prove he does, in fact, live there, showing off a small, stove-less kitchen on the first floor, and a television room, bedroom and bathroom, all with plain furniture and no decorations, on the second floor.

Pereira frequently posts comments on the Only in Bridgeport political website, which sometimes provides links to Hearst’s online stories. It was on Only in Bridgeport where Pereira challenged another rival, Councilman Ernie Newton, to a drug test that both passed.

Responding Wednesday to Hearst’s visit to 155 Davenport St., Pereira wrote on Only in Bridgeport that she had previously sought and allegedly obtained clandestine video proof that Taylor had put on a show for Hearst. And she ordered a cake to get that information.

“I had a large cake delivered to Chris Taylor at 155 Davenport St. two weeks ago,” Pereira wrote. “My guys gained access to the second floor and videotaped their visit. There was no bedroom, no television in the lounge area, nothing decorative on the second floor. The bathroom did not have any personal hygiene items in the sink area.”

For anyone who might doubt Pereira, Taylor confirmed her cake order Tuesday to Hearst, only he thought at that time that the sweet baked good came from a different source — the state of Connecticut. Taylor during Tuesday’s tour said that investigators with the SEEC had already been to his apartment a week or two earlier ... disguised as a cake delivery service.

Taylor told Hearst that when the delivery persons insisted on walking up to his second floor and on using the bathroom, he concluded they were with the state and, having nothing to hide, went along with their charade.

Taylor, who did not eat the suspicious cake and threw it away, said in a brief interview Wednesday night that he had initially suspected Pereira had ordered the cake.

“I’d like to see the videotape. The place (his apartment) hasn’t changed,” Taylor said, adding he may file a complaint with the police. “I feel violated. I don’t know if that’s against the law. ... It’s a little unethical, don’t you think?”

Bridgeport, where you can have your cake — and get spied on, too!