Love him, loathe him, lament him or otherwise, Mayor Joe Ganim has people talking about him. And considering where he’s been, up and down and back around again, that’s not such a bad thing in this wide-open race for governor. Joe’s an underdog in a race that features no sure shots, but people are barking about his candidacy, perhaps the chutzpah of it all.
Colin McEnroe, host of WNPR’s Wheelhouse show, examines with political observers Kevin Rennie, Max Reiss and Susan Bigelow, Ganim’s surprising numbers leaked from so-called internal polls.
Real or imagined, these polls, in March, are generally meaningless to serial primary voters. They’re relevant to party insiders, potential contributors and candidates scouring support.
The other Democrats in the race have their money pieces sorted out through either self funding (Ned Lamont) or public financing. Ganim’s ineligible for public funds so he’s raising loot through large-dollar donors. Ganim must secure 15 percent delegate support at the Democratic convention in May to achieve a ballot spot in the August primary. In lieu of that he can petition onto the ballot via signatures, a long, hard slog.
The more viable Ganim’s perceived, the more delegate support and fundraising opportunities.
If he’s on the ballot in August, Ganim’s path to relevancy is more likely in a large field, as noted on McEnroe’s show. If four or five candidates are on the ballot the percentage split makes it more doable. The Republican field, as well, is shaping up large for August.
The Ganim campaign, for one, is not shy about spreading the McEnroe segment to other media outlets. See above, with a postscript from Ganim.
Ah, such audacity.