Mayor Joe Ganim is resurrecting charges made by two prior opponents of Ned Lamont, the Democratic-endorsed candidate for governor, centered on layoffs at his cable television company back in the day. “He should produce the records,” says Ganim. “That’s like me saying I don’t have a felony conviction.” Leave it to Joe to spin a conviction into a credential.
Dan Haar, from Hearst Connecticut Media, shares background on this as well as how Ned got his start in the business: an MTV tip.
Lamont Digital and other investors sold off the Gatehouse projects in pieces. But did Lamont lay off two-thirds of his staff, more than 75 people, while taking a salary of more than $500,000? That was a charge from Lieberman. A New York Times story in August, 2006, left the question open.
Now Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim is reviving the charge. Like Lamont’s previous opponents in Democratic primaries–including Dannel P. Malloy, who won the nomination and the governor’s seat in 2010–he’s saying it cuts to broader issues about Lamont’s character and the sources of his wealth in his self-funded campaigns.
Lamont, 64, who lives in Greenwich, says in fact, there were only a few layoffs of executives. “All the front-line guys kept their jobs, many of them moved on to the new employers.”
“He should produce the records,” Ganim said. “That’s like me saying I don’t have a felony conviction.”
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