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Michael J. Daly: ‘Mayor’ okay; ‘Governor’ sounds better

April 29, 2017

STOP THE PRESSES: “Ganim eyes run for governor”

!!!!

That was the news screaming from the front page of the Connecticut Post on Friday.

It is legitimate news, of course. But it also struck me as along the lines of “Sun to come up tomorrow at 4:56 a.m.” !!!!

Some cyclical events in our lives are predictable. Sunrise, sunset, first day of spring, summer, and Joe Ganim running for governor.

I mean even Siri can tell you those things. So I asked her the other day. Pressed the button. “What can I help you with?” she inquired in writing.

“Will Joe Ganim run for governor,” I asked.

“OK. I found this on the web for “Will Joe Ganim run for governor?” she replied in her soothing way.

Sure enough: the top item was from Daily Kos, with a headline: “Seven years after getting out of jail, Joe Ganim wants to run for governor of Connecticut.”

Though there wasn’t much talk of this during his campaign to convince the voters of Bridgeport to give him a second chance as their mayor, there was never any doubt that his real intention was to get back into the game to run for governor.

That was his destiny when things went awry in 2003 and this is a man who is focused on achieving that destiny.

As reported here a few weeks ago, he’s got a nicely polished video that recounts many of the accomplishments of his predecessor, Bill Finch.... but presents them as triumphs of the Ganim administration.

He now has a sleek new logo — GANIM (in blue) followed by smaller blue drawing of the state of Connecticut with the numbers 2018 inside the boundaries, in white.

The first email from this new iteration of Joe Ganim came into my inbox Friday afternoon.

Here it is: “ Hartford, CT - Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim filed the necessary paperwork with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission to form an exploratory committee as he considers becoming a candidate for Governor of Connecticut in 2018. Ganim was re-elected mayor of Connecticut’s largest city in 2015, after having previously served in that position from 1991-2003. Mayor Ganim was previously a candidate for Governor in 1994 and eventually became the statewide Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor that year.

“I look forward to the opportunity to talk with people all across Connecticut about our future and how we can work together to make this a better place to live, work and raise our families,” said Mayor Ganim. “I look to bring a sense of optimistic, creative leadership that can restore the strength of our cities as engines that can drive a better economy that benefits all of Connecticut. I look forward to having conversations with the people throughout our state in the coming weeks and months about how we move forward together.”

Mayor Ganim will be seeking contributions of $100 or less in order to comply with the strict clean election rules of the Connecticut Citizens’ Election Program.”

That logo, that video and all the other planning that goes into running for governor — visits around the state, skull sessions on strategy, polling, lining up delegates, etc., etc. — these things all take time, money and energy.

You’d think being mayor of a city like Bridgeport would be a pretty intellectually-, time- and energy-draining, what with its failing, underfunded school system, crime and derelict buildings, to mention just a few areas that could use full time mayoral attention.

That mayor thing, though, is just so yesterday. Here’s what the mayor had to say the other day to the people who elected him 17 months ago to be their mayor for four years: “It’s in Bridgeport’s best interests. I can do a lot more good for Bridgeport from that position.”

Michael J. Daly is editor of the editorial page of the Connecticut Post. Email: mdaly@ctpost.com.