Tom Dudchik's> crack committee–Jennifer Schneider, Roy Occhiogrosso, Liz Kurantowicz and Chris Healy–weigh in on Joe Ganim’s run for governor in the latest episode of CT Capitol Report featuring Hartford Courant reporter Neil Vigdor. Love him or loathe him, Ganim has political insiders talking about him seven weeks from the August 14 primary.
Ganim is challenging Democratic-endorsed Ned Lamont, the wealthy Greenwich entrepreneur while five Republicans–endorsed Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, Navy veteran Steve Obsitnik and businessmen David Stemerman and Bob Stefanowski–slug it out for the party nomination.
Meanwhile, cheeky WNPR host and Hartford Courant columnist Colin McEnroe also provides his weekly update on Ganim’s traveling road show.
Now it’s time for our weekly Joe Ganim update. Ganim made it onto the Democratic gubernatorial primary ballot this week, and he took the occasion to draw a contrast between himself and wealthy Democratic front-runner Ned Lamont. (As far as I can tell, Hiram Lodge, Veronica’s father in Archie comic books, is the only rich white guy not running for governor here this year.)
“It’s not his fault. He’s just from a different world. No disrespect. For whatever it’s worth, I’ve been knocked down and picked up,” Ganim said.
For the record, you’re supposed to say you got knocked down but you got up again (Chumbawamba) or that you picked yourself up, dusted yourself off and started all over again (Fred and Ginger). The way Ganim says it sounds like some 6-foot-8 lifer named Lefty hauled him to his feet in the prison yard.