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Letter to the Editor: Give Joseph Ganim a Fair Chance in Governor’s Race

From left: Mayor Joseph Ganim, and co-hosts Maritza Bond, Kimberly Staley, and Bob Reale. Co-host Janene Hawkins is missing from the photo. Submitted photo

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To the Editor:

My wife, Kimberly Staley and I took advantage of a great fall day to host a meet and greet with Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim at our residence on Farm Hill Road in West Hartford on Saturday, September 23. The Mayor is exploring a run for Governor of Connecticut and has been traveling the state to meet residents of all Connecticut’s cities and towns, listen to their concerns, spread his message, and gather support. The sixty or so people in attendance enjoyed an opportunity to go beyond the headlines, meet Joe Ganim in person, and listen to him as he laid out a positive vision for the future of Connecticut.

Those who know me know that I am not normally active politically. My wife, Kimberly has been working closely with Mayor Ganim for more than a year now in her position as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Bridgeport. As a result, she has first-hand knowledge of the Mayor’s commitment and capability.

We all know that the next Governor will be facing major challenges, and that there are some prominent democrats who have decided against a run for Governor. Mayor Ganim is not afraid of standing up and tackling those difficult problems. He is working to find solutions that will have a positive impact for residents, businesses, and the overall future of state. He inherited challenges that included bankruptcy as the Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut’s largest city, and moved quickly to turn things around by addressing the critical issues head-on. He has also shown great personal fortitude and resilience in his life and career, and I believe those traits will serve him well as Governor. I am respectfully asking that my friends in West Hartford visit www.ganim2018.com and give Mayor Ganim a fair chance to earn your vote.

Bob Reale
West Hartford

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  • On March 19, 2003, Ganim was convicted of 16 federal 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. He served about 7 years in prison.

    Yeah, good choice.

  • Hell no! Connecticut has enough problems now thanks to Malloy. The last thing we need is a convicted criminal running the stat (into the ground). This crap is getting ridiculous! We need a law that prohibits convicted criminals from running for office. Racketeering . . . please.

    Joe Ganim was convicted of racketeering, among other crimes.
    Racketeering, often associated with organized crime, is the act of offering of a dishonest service (a “racket”) to solve a problem that wouldn’t otherwise exist without the enterprise offering the service. CTS!

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