CTNJ/Opinion: Ganim 2018: Why would anyone vote for him?

Terry Cowgill

Contributing op-ed columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is managing editor of The Berkshire Edge in Great Barrington, Mass.

Few things in life are as interesting and delicious to watch as the rehabilitation of a corrupt politician. When the mighty fall, they do one of two things: they either crawl under a rock and you hear from them only sporadically if at all (Richard Nixon, Philip Giordano); or they emerge from jail proclaiming their reformation and try mightily to regain the approval of the public, only to get in trouble again (John Rowland, Ernie Newton).

Our history of corruption has been well documented over the years, earning us some dubious monikers.

But even by the storied standards of the hypermasculine “Corrupticut,” Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim has displayed an uncommon amount of testicular fortitude. In 2003, he was convicted of 16 corruption-related counts, including racketeering, extortion, bribery, and mail fraud. Essentially, Ganim and his aides shook down city contractors for more than half a million in cash, meals, clothing, wine and home renovations. Why? Because they could.

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3 responses to “CTNJ/Opinion: Ganim 2018: Why would anyone vote for him?”

  1. Nora K King

    Why did Trump win?

  2. Donna

    I grew up in the DC area. Marion Barry won his second mayoral bid AFTER serving time for crack cocaine violations. There was also a prostitute involved. People like a comeback story. And the capacity for forgiveness is without limit.

    As for Trump, voters have a reality TV mentality. And the message on the left did not endear the white working class. Too whiny..

  3. srb1228

    First Trump didn’t win the popular vote. There’s no electoral college in the Gubernatorial race. Take the Russians and Comey out of the equation and Trump’s popular vote % would have been about the same as Le Pen. As for Ganim, it’s pathetic that Bridgeport elected him and is more proof that Plato was right when he wrote The Republic

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