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Ned-Susan Deal?–Ganim: I’ll Be On Primary Ballot

May 14th, 2018 · 14 Comments · Analysis and Comment, News and Events, State Politics

UPDATE: Word is Lamont and SuBy have cut a deal with her taking lieutenant governor slot. This places extreme pressure on Ganim to drop out of race.

Nearly two weeks into a six-week process hunting Connecticut signatures, Mayor Joe Ganim’s campaign for governor reports it has collected nearly 7,000 hancocks in the battle to secure 15,458 certified signatures of Democratic registered voters Ganim needs by June 12 to qualify for the August ballot. Ganim is also trying to qualify for the ballot on Saturday at the state party convention where he’ll need 15 percent delegate support. The signature campaign is a backup plan.

Ganim operatives have fanned out across Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Waterbury, New Britain and West Haven to bank signatures in high-density residential areas. Public housing projects are good for this sort of thing. Shopping centers bad because you don’t know what you’re getting there. This is an extremely labor-intensive process that requires a tight organizational effort.

It appeared the campaign had gotten off to a scratchy signature start the first week, but has picked up the pace with Ganim himself rallying operatives to the task. If the operation does maintain this pace it will provide a cushion of a few thousands signatures needed to account for those disqualified by elections officials. The petition sheets will be returned to the respective town clerk offices then forwarded to the Connecticut Secretary of the State for review and certification.

Heading into the state convention Greenwich entrepreneur Ned Lamont is the favorite for the endorsement with former Connecticut Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz next in line for the delegate hunt. Both the Ganim and Bysiewicz operations believe the larger the field the better for their candidates.

If the Ganim campaign petitions onto the ballot successfully, the signature drive provides a voter list it can woo for the August primary.

Ganim is trying to position himself as an outsider in the race, something that could play better outside Bridgeport.

“These strong petition numbers reflect that Democratic voters do not want their candidate to be selected by party insiders,” said Ganim in a campaign statement. “While some campaigns are built from the top down, ours is a diverse, inclusive campaign built from the ground up. Our grassroots campaign is fueled by hundreds of enthusiastic supporters who have fanned out across Connecticut collecting signatures, along with registering hundreds of new voters. Either with the support of 15 percent of the delegates at the Democratic convention on Saturday or through our robust petition effort, we will be on the August primary ballot to give Democratic voters a real choice, not a candidate coronated by party insiders.”

A huge challenge for Ganim is money. Petitioning drives are not cheap. Ganim is raising money the old-fashioned way via large-dollar donations because his 2003 felony conviction precludes him from accessing Connecticut’s public financing program that avails $1.2 million for a qualified primary candidate, a route Bysiewicz is pursuing while Lamont is relying on his self-funding wealth.

Ganim has raised roughly $600,000. If he makes the August primary ballot and continues at the same fundraising pace, his spend-down in the final few months will not be nearly as strong as Lamont and Bysiewicz, presuming a three-way primary.

The question is, how much does Ganim need in the final months to compete?

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14 Comments so far ↓

  • Bob Fredericks

    Wishing this repulsive little worm really was an outsider, like anyplace outside of Connecticut, or better yet, the country.

  • charlie

    If Ganim were to get on the ballot, the people of this state would get a good laugh. If he were to be the candidate for the Democrats, the laughing would stop and the national news would start to point out the criminal records and the state of Bridgeport under his reign. If he were to win the other 49 states would ask us to leave the union.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    What does it take to stop this little weasel, a silver bullet?

  • Donald Day

    Joe Ganim, still trying to pimping the Black community. C’mon family get off this ex-con band wagon, better yet family keep getting Mayor Ganim’s money, pay some bills, but don’t get caught up in his bullshit.

  • Andrew C Fardy

    I see my council person in this photo. I can tell her enjoy the ride you will be gone next year or 2. To that little prick screw you . Your time is coming

  • Harvey Weintraub

    Joe,you aren’t going to be governor,and in 556 days,you aren’t going to be our mayor anymore.We gave you a 2nd chance,and you’ve done nothing for our city.We fell for your lies,the rest of the state won’t.#ANYONEBUTJOE

  • Bob Walsh

    The first 7000 are the easy ones.
    Then you have to be afraid of somebody signing twice, signing twice with different signatures, signing and not being a dem.
    Lots can go wrong and very little canto right.

  • Bob Walsh

    I’ll buy the man or woman who broker that deal a beer.

  • Bob Walsh

    Off topic but how did the city manage to save $1.3 million by going to the state insurance fund and not the self insured one.
    Something sounds mighty fishy here.

  • Bob Walsh

    Turn SuBy loose on the Bridgeport delegation.
    Lots of people in Bridgeport love that women.
    Mario will be busy trying to save the delegation rather than going after other towns.

  • Lisa Parziale

    I’ve heard from three reliable Democratic voters that circulators are knocking on their doors asking them to sign for the Democrats. They don’t identify who they’re circulating for, just that the D’s want to gain more seats. The impression these voters got was that it was an anti-Republican ‘effort, but the circulators would give no information as to who they worked with. This is what I was told by credible people, unsolicited BTW. The solicitors had sheets with only D’s. Oh, none of these voters signed the petition. I’m repeating what I was told, I did not have anyone at my door.

  • Harvey Weintraub

    If Joe and Mario are involved,you have to expect dirty shit.But really,what does it matter,Joe can get 20,000 signatures and get on the ballot,he’s not going to win..

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