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Is Ganim’s Sudden Flip-Flop on Hartford Bailout About a Bronin Endorsement?

April 19, 2018 By Staff
Is Ganim’s Sudden Flip-Flop on Hartford Bailout About a Bronin Endorsement?

The mayor of Bridgeport said he changed his position on the state's bailout of Hartford, two days after the capital city's mayor exited the gubernatorial race.

Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport) has flip-flopped his position on the state’s bailout of Hartford, indicating at a forum on Wednesday that he now supports the 20-year, $500-million deal.

From the Hartford Courant‘s Daniela Altimari:

“Last night I had a very in-depth conversation with a number of very committed, focused local elected officials from the city of Hartford and I was edified in so many ways, in detail, on a granular level, of some of the fiscal challenges far beyond the knowledge that I had on this topic,’’ Ganim told an audience of about 50 people.

The Bridgeport mayor said his newfound understanding of Hartford’s finances reinforced his belief that the next governor needs to develop a “comprehensive policy for all of our cities.”

Is it just a coincidence that Ganim’s change of heart came only two days after Mayor Luke Bronin (D-Hartford) dropped his gubernatorial bid? Bronin is now a free agent in terms of who he supports for governor, and his endorsement could send a portion of Hartford’s delegates or voters to Bronin’s desired candidate, in May or August.

What may be more concerning for the taxpayer, though, is Ganim’s endorsement of a “comprehensive policy for all of our cities.” Does that mean a Governor Ganim would bail out Bridgeport, or New Haven, at state taxpayers’ expense?