Learn about the history of political corruption in Bridgeport

Author Rob Sullivan will greet customers and sign copies of his new non-fiction release, “Political Corruption in Bridgeport: Scandal in the Park City,” on Saturday, June 21 from noon-3 p.m. at the downtown Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield.

First incorporated in 1836, Bridgeport is notorious for a raucous political history that includes both liberating accomplishments and salacious scandals.

From a state senator who spent several years in prison for racketeering to a mayor who was caught taking drugs while in office, Bridgeport has had its fair share of unlawful politicians, according to publicity material for the book.

A circus owner as mayor

The political playground of the city has also seen invigorating leaders who fought hard to bring jobs, industries and prosperity to the community. The city’s most famous mayor was none other than circus impresario P.T. Barnum.

Discover the stories behind some of the most contentious elections, like the alleged ballot stuffing that ended the 24-year era of Socialist mayor Jasper McLevy (he served from 1934-1958) or the power politics and threats that landed John Mandanici in office (he served from 1975-1981).

A veteran local reporter

Sullivan is a veteran Connecticut newspaper reporter and editor and has covered the city of Bridgeport for nearly two decades. He is currently executive editor of the Bridgeport Banner newspaper and website.

An involved member of the Bridgeport community, Sullivan is a member of the Bridgeport Public Library. He has won numerous journalistic awards and is the inaugural winner of the Bill Gonillo Award for Excellence in Community Sports Writing presented by the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame.

He graduated with a degree in history from Fairfield University and lives in Bridgeport.

Copies of Sullivan’s “Political Corruption in Bridgeport,” published by History Press, will be available at the event.