It should come as no surprise to learn that there are criminals within the DNC. Every time Wikileaks twitches their wrist another Democrat is outed for doing something illegal. Usually, though the political career comes first and the law-breaking (and more lawbreaking to cover it up) comes after. No matter how villainous we believe those on the other side of the aisle to be, for the most part, we have to admit that people go into politics with an idyllic optimism and a wish to make a difference.
That is not the case however for Connecticut’s newest gubernatorial hopeful. Despite his absurdly tarnished history, one Democratic mayor wants to take his political career even further by trying to run not just a city, but the state. Joe Ganim has thrown his hat into the ring to be Govoner, there’s just one problem; he’s a convicted felon.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the great state of Connecticut could have a proven felon as it’s governor if Ganim gets his elected. While mayor, he was sentenced to prison for over a dozen federal corruption charges. BizPac Revew reports that Ganim has signed the papers and is officially in the race:
“The Democratic Mayor of Bridgeport, Conn., who spent almost seven years in federal prison for political-corruption, announced a campaign for governor of the state Wednesday.
Joe Ganim, 58, filed the necessary paperwork to run for governor at the State Elections Enforcement Commission office in Hartford, Conn., joining a number of other Democratic candidates who have expressed interest in running for current Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy’s spot, who said in April that he would not seek re-election.
Ganim was convicted of 16 federal corruption charges in 2003 while serving as mayor and was sentenced to nine years in prison. After serving almost seven years, Ganim was released.
Prosecutors said he directed contracts to his business partners and their clients for over $500,000 of personal gifts, including cash, diamonds, designer clothing, fine wine and even improvements to his home, WTOP reported.
Ganim was released and elected mayor of Bridgeport again in 2015 after apologizing, but now believes he deserves a shot as the governor of Connecticut.
‘I am far from a perfect candidate,’ Ganim said in statement Wednesday. ‘I’m someone who has made mistakes in my life.’ He continued, ‘When you get past the headlines and you get to the body of the story, I think it’s about my experience of leading the state’s largest city.’
‘I’m excited about this,’ he added. ‘As you know, I’m not a guy who shies away from challenges or controversy. I will run, I will run hard.’
He joins a crowded field of candidates looking to succeed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is not seeking re-election.
When Ganim first became mayor, it was months after Bridgeport became the first major American city to file for bankruptcy protection. He was credited with reviving the city and became a rising star in the Democratic party.
Ganim raised money to run for governor in 2002 but acknowledged after his indictment in late 2001 that those prospects had dimmed. He has been barred from the public campaign financing program because of his felony convictions.
He was convicted of 16 federal corruption charges in 2003 and sentenced to nine years in prison. Prosecutors said he steered city contracts to his associates and their clients in exchange for more than $500,000 worth of bribes, kickbacks and other personal benefits.
Authorities said Ganim received cash, diamond earrings, designer clothing, expensive wine and improvements to his new home in the affluent Black Rock section of Bridgeport, a largely impoverished city.
Ganim said Wednesday that his successes in reviving Bridgeport, including attracting economic development and balancing the budget, would prepare him well for the governor’s job.
So far three other Democrats have announced their candidacy for governor, including Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, former state Sen. Jonathan Harris and Middletown Mayor Dan Drew.
Ganim will also have to run without receiving any funding from Connecticut’s public finance system since he is a convicted felon. This will put him several million dollars behind his opponents.”
It seems that the DNC isn’t even trying to hide the fact that they endorse criminals now. People have been sticking firmly to the story that Hillary and her cronies are really innocent and it’s all one big misunderstanding. This is just an in your face afront to the national laws that these people are supposed to be upholding though.
They say that those who can’t do, teach. Apparently those who can’t obey the law run for office and change it. Any person elected for the purpose of making sure that others follow the law really should be capable of following it themselves. If not, it’s hypocritical at best, and dangerous for the country at worst.