After addressing the Blizzard of 2015 during a guest spot on MSNBC's "PoliticsNation" with Al Sharpton, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch began to receive threatening messages, prompting a police investigation, according to a city spokesperson.
"Mayor Finch is honored to have appeared on MSNBC's PoliticsNation. He's fond of Mr. Sharpton for many reasons, including his leadership on climate change issues," city communications director Brett Broesder said in a statement Wednesday.
"So following his interview that focused on adverse weather conditions in Bridgeport, and before he left the program, Mayor Finch thanked Mr. Sharpton for his leadership on climate change. It’s an issue that Mayor Finch is a leader on both locally and nationally, too," he added.
Broesder said Finch has received "many supportive notes from the community" since the segment but has also received a number of threats against Finch and his family. Bridgeport police are investigating at least one of those threats.
"We are taking the threats very seriously and have started an investigation. If we can identify the source of any of the threats, we will work with the State’s Attorney’s Office to bring charges, if appropriate," Bridgeport police Chief Joseph Gaudett said in a statement Wednesday.