Late Monday afternoon negotiations continued between the lawyered-up campaign camps of Mayor Joe Ganim and opponent John Gomes to set a date for a court-ordered redo of a Democratic primary.
It appears at the earliest December 19, but possibly deeper into January 2024 while navigating the holiday calendar.
The office of the Connecticut Secretary of the State is also part of the equation. This is uncharted territory for all the parties including the state.
The big unknown: is another general election required after the primary redo no matter what? Ganim won last week’s election by 175 votes. Lawyers for Ganim and Gomes believe if Ganim wins the primary redo he nets another four-year term; if Gomes prevails another general election because Ganim would occupy a spot on the New Movement Party line.
But, what if the state surmises another general election must take place even if Ganim wins the second primary? That’s something under discussion, and perhaps one more legal issue to parse.
This equation includes political leaders of the campaigns pondering a sprint betters a marathon to maximize a vote. Both camps are broke and reloading revenue. In addition, many campaign workers toiling the streets for months desire a break to recharge.
So much new territory to cover in more ways than one.