News release from Mayor Joe Ganim:
Bridgeport mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Ganim today called his certification for the Democratic August primary ballot “a victory for tens of thousands of grassroots Democrats who want a gubernatorial candidate who represents them, not a multi-millionaire candidate chosen by political insiders.”
The Secretary of the State reported on Tuesday night Ganim had submitted at least 17,104 valid signatures, surpassing the 15,458 needed to qualify for the August ballot. Ganim filed a record 32,000 petition signatures of registered Democrats.
Speaking to supporters at the State Capitol in Hartford, Ganim challenged Democratic opponent Ned Lamont to limit spending to $1,600,000, the amount imposed on participants in the state’s voluntary program of publicly financed campaigns. And Ganim challenged Lamont to five televised debates, one in each of the state’s congressional districts.
“Connecticut is a state of haves and have-nots. Our campaign is about building a new Connecticut that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few. It’s about making our cities and urban centers once again engines of economic growth. It’s about improving the lives of working and middle class families from the blue collar cities of the Naugatuck Valley to the rural towns of Eastern Connecticut. Having been given a second chance by the people of Bridgeport, our campaign is about making sure every Connecticut citizen has at least a first chance to succeed,” said Ganim.
“Ned Lamont has said he will spend over $10,000,000 to buy this election. I think that is offensive to voters. They rejected his attempt to buy the 2010 election against Dan Malloy. For this election, Ned should listen to the voters who have expressly said they want a cap on excessive campaign spending,” said Ganim.
Ganim said he hoped to reach quick agreement among Lamont and the state’s television stations and other media outlets to have a series of televised debates in each congressional district “so voters throughout Connecticut can compare our experience and vision to how we build a better Connecticut.”
News release from Ned Lamont:
Ned Lamont, the state Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for governor, has committed to three gubernatorial debates before the Connecticut Democratic Primary on Aug. 14. Lamont called on candidates who qualified for the ballot to join him.
Lamont is confirmed to participate in:
The Connecticut Association of Realtors Democratic and WTNH News Channel 8 Debate in July, date TBD;
The Hearst Connecticut Media and Sacred Heart University Debate moderated by Connecticut Post reporter Ken Dixon and Gary Rose, professor and chairman of the university’s Department of Government, Politics and Global Studies on July 26.
The WFSB Democratic Gubernatorial Debate, moderated by Dennis House, Eyewitness News anchor and host of “Face the State,” date TBD.
“Ned is no stranger to primaries. For the past eight months, he has traveled the state and heard from voters about how to get Connecticut back on track. We are ready to compare Ned’s ideas for Connecticut and his leadership on a wide range of issues spanning more than two decades to the record of anyone else running for governor. We are confident voters will support the best vision for our state and will stand with Ned,” said Marc Bradley, Lamont’s campaign manager.