It was bound to happen, eight weeks from an expected Democratic primary, a website devoted to Joe Ganim’s indiscretions, financed by the reelection campaign of Mayor Bill Finch, with regular blog entries. TheTruthAboutJoeGanim.com. Check out the first installment loaded with links.
“Now that you, Joe Ganim, admit you’re guilty, can taxpayers get their money back?
· For 16 years, you–Joe Ganim–lied under oath about stealing from taxpayers.
· Now, you finally admit the jury got it right.
· Now, will you give back the $150,000+ in city pension payments you’ve received?
Dear Joe Ganim,
In 2003, you were convicted of 16 felony charges and spent seven years in jail for systematically steering contracts to friends in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.
At your trial, “52 witnesses painted you as the mayor of an impoverished city who felt entitled to accept more than $500,000 in illegal benefits from associates in return for steering millions of dollars in contracts to them,” according to the New York Post.
But after being denied your law license, and deciding to move to Bridgeport from Easton in an attempt to take your “personal kingdom” back, you gave a weak apology, and then said “the jury got it right.”
So, now that you’ve admitted guilt–showing once and for all that you truly are the poster boy for ‘Corrupticut’–will you give back the $150,000+ in pension payments you’ve received since 2003?
Here are the facts: You took out retirement funds early, so the city has been paying you more than $11,000 a year in pension payments since 2003 with a several percentage point Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase annually, according to the New York Times.
By 2012, you were receiving $13,652 annually–or monthly checks for $1,138–from the taxpayer-paid city pension fund, according to Governing Magazine.
Today, you receive at least $14,000 annually from the city pension fund that you admittedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from.
Joe, obviously you should give back the money. It’s the least you can do after your astonishing story of greed, ripping taxpayers off by running a criminal enterprise out of the mayor’s office, and collecting more in pricey meals, rare wine, and hand-tailored clothing than most of your constituents earned.
But, from your antics, it seems that you clearly haven’t changed, and you’re continuing to live by those same cheesy one-liners … “Sometimes in life you have to grab what you can grab when you can grab it.”