Joe Ganim scrapped his way back from prison to the mayor’s office in Bridgeport. He also qualified for the primary against fellow Democrat Ned Lamont, the party’s endorsed candidate.
Ganim’s path to the primary has been interesting to watch. He was forced to resign as mayor of the state’s largest city and served seven years in prison for public corruption. Returned to office by Bridgeport voters in 2015, he is not eligible for public campaign financing under the state’s clean-elections program because of his felony record.
He's also made Lamont’s wealth — he’s a Greenwich telecom magnate who spent $26 million on his two previous statewide runs — a central talking point of his primary campaign.
He discusses all of that here, plus does some fancy dancing when it comes to the subject of sanctuary cities.