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Shakedown: State Party Directs Dem Candidates To Pay For Convention Costs

May 9th, 2018 · 3 Comments · News and Events, State Politics

From Neil Vigdor, Hartford Courant:

A Sunday memo obtained by The Courant estimated the convention’s overall cost at $120,000 and directed each gubernatorial candidate to pay his or her $6,500 share by May 14.

Candidates for the other statewide offices such as state treasurer and state attorney general are being told they must pay $3,500 each.

“It’s certainly no way to run a convention,” said Ganim, mayor of the state’s largest city, Bridgeport. “To drop this on us and other candidates is just ridiculous. It makes no sense.”

Both Ganim and Bysiewicz’s campaign sought to contrast their finances with that of wealthy Greenwich cable television entrepreneur Ned Lamont, who many Democrats view as the front-runner going into the May 18-19 convention.

“If he wants to bankroll the state party in order to gain the nomination, maybe he wants to do that,” Ganim said.

Full story here.

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  • Harvey Weintraub

    Does anyone else think that someway/somehow,the taxpayers of Bpt will end up paying that $6500.00?

  • John Marshall Lee

    Are all politicians this divorced from fiscal reality? Democrats who are connected and involved enough to be attending the Convention should realize there is an expense, right? Who will pay for the food, party, drink, etc if they do not?
    And Ganim2 says: ““It’s certainly no way to run a convention,” said Ganim, mayor of the state’s largest city, Bridgeport. “To drop this on us and other candidates is just ridiculous. It makes no sense.”

    Joe it makes as much sense as dropping the next year’s City budget on the Bridgeport City Council with only four weeks for them to. process while other towns and cities (though not the largest) have twice as much time to face, size up and respond. How would Mario and you handle this detail? Parade hungry businessmen by you and run an auction? Time will tell.

  • The Bridgeport Kid

    Ganim will find a way for the city of Bridgeport to foot the bill. He is a weasel, you know.

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