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Bridgeport Mayor, Who Went to Prison Over Public Corruption, to Run for Gov

May 1, 2017 By Staff
Bridgeport Mayor, Who Went to Prison Over Public Corruption, to Run for Gov

Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport) went to prison for abusing his power in Bridgeport. Now he wants to be the state's most powerful official.

Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport), who spent seven years in prison for public corruption, filed papers to explore a run for governor of Connecticut on Thursday.

Ganim was convicted of “racketeering, extortion, bribery and mail fraud, among other felonies” in 2003. The New York Times wrote, at the time:

A federal jury today convicted Mayor Joseph P. Ganim of Bridgeport of racketeering, extortion, bribery and mail fraud, among other felonies, for his role in a six-year scheme to shake down city contractors for more than $500,000 in cash, meals, clothing, wine and home renovations.

…The 12 jurors, after a week of deliberation, convicted Mr. Ganim on 16 of 22 counts: one count each of racketeering, extortion, racketeering conspiracy and bribery; two counts of bribery conspiracy; eight counts of mail fraud, and two counts of filing a false tax return.

After seven years in prison, Ganim ran for his old job as mayor of Bridgeport in 2015. He won.

Now, Ganim may want to be governor. He even asked the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) to make him eligible for the state’s public financing program. Ganim is currently not eligible due to his “past felony convictions for corruption.”