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Capitol Report Panel Gets Viggy With It On Ganim’s Traveling Road Show

June 24th, 2018 · 22 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

Tom Dudchik 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.

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  • Donald Day

    LOL, CLASSIC, “The way Ganim says it sounds like some 6-foot-8 lifer named Lefty hauled him to his feet in the prison yard.” LOL…

  • Mojo

    *** Love Ganim or hate him, he’s not a quitter he’s a fighter that finds a way in politics! The more citizens the Ganim party can get to register & vote in Ct.urban cities, the better his chances can get. As JML says, “time will tell”.***

  • Jimfox

    Love Joe Trump or hate him, this Mayor should have removed these kids from those that hold them captive in this city.

  • Steven Auerbach

    Timing is absolutely everything- Taking a break I had to respond. Equating Joe with Trump is not the worst thing to do considering everybody is taking about how great the economy is doing and lets face it that should give him another term as President.

    I hate Trump- just had to say that!

    Toni Harp- How fortunate for Mayor GANIM to have Mayor Toni Harp supporting Ned Lamont. How strange that she was supposedly on his short list for LT. Gov. She is under fire today for raising her city’s taxes by 11 percent and giving Pay raises in excess of 200,000 to 37 city union and Non-union employees, That is making her oh so very popular. What a different a month makes. Imagine if Joe Ganim did that – yeah imagine that!!!! Supposedly Marilyn Moore was also considered for Lt. Gov. Really? 2 African American woman considered but Susan Bysiewicz was chosen.

    Now Add Eva Bermudez Zimmerman to the mix just endorsed with Ned Lamont by the AFL_CIO.

    Ned Lamont is going to be working his ass off to get his choice Susan Bysiewicz elected and Eva may have missed the boat by not aligning herself with Joe Ganim. Hartford Mayor is supporting Lamont- They are broke and need a bailout. Only Ganim understands the plight of America’s overlooked industrial cities. New Haven, Hartford and Waterbury as well as Bridgeport, the Largest City in the state will support Ganim. This will be a very interesting competition. Lamont’s stating he will not vote against a Casino is not the same as a Governor fighting for a Casino. Not that the Casino is important but apparently there are those that want a Casino but would rather support a candidate that could care less- after all it is Bridgeport.

    For those that LOVE Danal Malloy- Ned Lamont is your best bet. This is just my personal opinion of course and I respect others opinions and choices.

    I would also like to Thank all of the folks that signed the petition to get Ganim on the Ballot. Apparently, outside of this blog people really do like him. Including Foster and Finch supporters. They understand having a choice is a good thing. Is there really anyone who doesn’t believe in Democracy?

    • Ron Mackey

      Steve, what are you smoking or what pill are you popping because you need to let us all get in on, I mean, wow, “Only Ganim understands the plight of America’s overlooked industrial cities. New Haven, Hartford and Waterbury as well as Bridgeport, the Largest City in the state will support Ganim. ” Hallucinating seems to be working for you Steve to make a comment like that, you know the City does have a EAP Program that you can enter and nobody will know that you are seeking help.

    • The Bridgeport Kid

      Hey Steve, there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet at Golden Coral in Milford. Go stuff your face.

    • Ron Mackey

      Steve, you mention New Haven mayor Toni Harp, well here’s a little something that she’s taking action that Joe Ganim hasn’t done but he will after his big defeat.

      “1,100 School Layoff Notices Sent”
      | New Haven Independent

      Eleven hundred public school employees received notices this weekend that they may be laid off come the fall. “May” is an important word in that equation.

      https://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/board_of_ed_1100_layoff_notices/

      • Steven Auerbach

        Ron , I apologize, But I honestly do not understand your post at all? I have just recieved a number of emails that asked the same question. What the hell are you talking about?? Oh the fact that Harp raised taxes 11 percent or the 200,000 in raises to 37 employees. If Ganim did that you’d be all over him like flies on Shit – oh thats right . she is black- sje gets a pass from you . No critisim or bad mouthing. The good news is that in New Haven the African American – or just Black People from the Islands that do not like to be called African American are kicking Harp s ass today and loving Joe Ganim and BTW “May ” Layoff 1100 teachers and what is so amazing about that thsat should concern Ganim??? You need to realize we have a BOE and I heard nothing of 1100 teachers laid off and one last thing- Another positive for Ganim is that Marilyn Moore your delusional future Mayor- NOT- Walking with Ned in Trumbull gardens– lololol seriously- Isn’t that what you accuse Ganim of- parading “Stallworth” around- The difference is Stallworth and Ganim are friends- Moore and Lamont– like sure they are!

        Bridgeport Kid- for the record I do love buffets the good news is I look amazing andnin in great shape-It really isn’t necessary for uou to chime in with a nasty comment – It makes you and the blog look ridiculous.

        • Ron Mackey

          Steve, you are truly white. I post the article to show the problem that New Haven has just like Bridgeport but instead of kicking the can down the road she is dealing with the problem, that’s what leaders do. Mayor Harp has appointed a new black po0lice chief and a new fire chief base on merit, Mayor Ganim a choice to select a black to become the first ever in the history of the Bridgeport Fire Department but no, Joe Ganim had a chance to make history but no. Both New Haven and Bridgeport are both majority of people of color who put Ganim back into office but he had no need to select a black chief because he had no reason. Steve, that’s just one small issue.

          • Steven Auerbach

            Ron he only comment you made that is true is that I am truly white. Yes it is true. Although I embrace and love Bridgeport’s diversity and feel right at home in every single neighborhood, Ilook in the mirror and have to face the reality that I am white I am a Jew and I am gay. That makes me a minority in Bridgeport. I am an un apologetic white man that does not need to kiss the ass of a Mayor of another city because we share the same ethnicity. I see a city that just raised taxes 11 percent and gave 37 employees a raise. A school and 1100 teachers may be laid off. That makes her better than Ganim how?

            C’mon Ron, Toni Harps constituents are not loving her today but I understand Ganim has made his way into the Hartford and New Haven city in a big way.

            Huge fundraiser tonight at the magnificent RedLine Restoration highlighting over 6o million in spectacular classic cars. Food was Vazzy’s and the energy level was high— So I’ve heard. 500.00- 3500.00 .. An amazi
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  • Hector A. Diaz

    Ganim for Governor! Any one living in Bridgeport who is not ready to Support Bridgeport’s own is suspect. I have served with and have a great relationship with Susan and the utmost respect for her as a politician and person, Eva being Puerto Rican means a lot to me and had she alligned herself with Ganim it would have made it easier to support her even though the “Zimmerman” name is nationally a disgrace, she has an opportunity to bring a level of respect to it.

    • Ron Mackey

      Hector, C’Mon MAN, it’s ok that you support Ganim and I’

      • Ron Mackey

        Part2
        I’m sure that he will hook you up win or lose and it’s ok if you don’t want to support a Puerto Rican woman for Lieutenant Governor but for you to say, “Any one living in Bridgeport who is not ready to Support Bridgeport’s own is suspect,” makes you to look suspect with that crazy comment, C’Mon MAN.

  • Hector A. Diaz

    “All Politics is local” What City would have the most to gain from Ganim Gubernatorial Administration? If you could come up with a City that would benefit better than post it, At the same time tell me who better than Greenwich would benefit from a Lamont Gubernatorial Administration. Ron If it were you or I it wouldn’t be much of a difference either. But, correct me if I’m wrong.

    • Ron Mackey

      Hector, here’s what I know about this new Joe Ganim who got elected with a huge black vote, Mayor Joe Ganim hasn’t done shit for the black community and mean nothing. Ganim from day one after getting elected mayor he started on his run for governor and thereby just taking the black voters for granted. I could never vote for someone who just totally takes black voters for granted and the only vision that Joe has for the black voters is to see how he can fool them again.

      Hector, the old Mayor Joe Ganim I supported and liked even if we disagree because I found in my dealings with him that he could be trusted. Bring back the old Joe Ganim but this one, I don’t recognize.

      • Steven Auerbach

        Ron could you please tel me and everyone on this blog- What was Ganim supposed to do specifically for the black community? Please do share and while yu are at it please tell us what Mariyn Moore and Toni Harp has done for the “BLACK” community? And for G-ds sake- please acknowledge that The Black community as a whole love Joe Ganim- The 4 Blacks that supported Foster – you included did not so what!

        • Ron Mackey

          Steve, as a white man would you tell the black community what Joe Ganim has done for their community since Ganim got elected. And Steve people can love someone without voting for them.

          • Steven Auerbach

            Ron again answer the question, What was Ganim supposed to do for the Black Community? Why do I have to ask “that Community” they love Joe. Apparently you continue to ask – What has Joe done for the Black Community and you and Donald day – daily go back and forth as though you speak for the community. Apparently you do not. If they love him, they will vote for him. Period. Maybe you and Marilyn can walk with Ned Lamont if he ever visits Bridgeport again because you know if anyone is going to make in roads with the black community it is going to be a Greenwich Millionaire. You do realize that if Ganim does not win the primary it is a guarantee win for The Republicans which would be a huge loss for Bridgeport.

        • Ron Mackey

          Steve, let’s try this again, I know that you have trouble excepting comments from black men so here we go.

          • Ron Mackey

            Steve, you are truly white. I post the article to show the problem that New Haven has just like Bridgeport but instead of kicking the can down the road she is dealing with the problem, that’s what leaders do. Mayor Harp has appointed a new black po0lice chief and a new fire chief base on merit, Mayor Ganim a choice to select a black to become the first ever in the history of the Bridgeport Fire Department but no, Joe Ganim had a chance to make history but no. Both New Haven and Bridgeport are both majority of people of color who put Ganim back into office but he had no need to select a black chief because he had no reason. Steve, that’s just one small issue.

  • Hector A. Diaz

    Also I never said I wouldn’t support a Puerto Rican woman for Lt Governor only that I have no Idea who she is, or what she has done and I wouldn’t support her simply because she was Puerto Rican.

  • John Marshall Lee

    HECTOR: “Any one living in Bridgeport who is not ready to Support Bridgeport’s own is suspect.”

    What do you mean “Bridgeport’s own”, Hector?? Did that mean if it was not nailed down and it was in Bridgeport it meant that Joe could “own it”?? Isn’t that what the Federal charges were all about? Didn’t he convert the power of his position into rewards for himself?

    So Hector, I guess I am very very suspect? I ask questions and Joe has no curiosity about providing answers, himself, or to the Council and taxpayers through other City employees. What do you suspect my motivation is, Hector? Who is crazier. you or me? You believe him, because he is a reformed man of honor who can be trusted to do the will of the public and is a fellow resident of Bridgeport? (Any shots of him kicking back in his current residence in what neighborhood, by the way?) Or am I the crazy one who keeps asking questions that need good answers before we reverse the trends that have wasted taxpayer money, prevented genuinely safe streets for all the people, and made more people proud of the City in which they live? Time will tell.

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