Former Mayor Joe Ganim and former State Senator Ernie Newton spent two years in the joint together in New Jersey. Friday morning Ernie regained his voting status which enables him to seek public office. Joe is engaged in a media tour of Connecticut television stations including one that will air Sunday morning on Dennis House’s Face The State WFSB Channel 3.
There is no question Ernie will run for something. Will it be the mayoral cycle next year or his old state senate seat in 2012 currently occupied by Ed Gomes? Ernie’s going to keep the political community guessing and that’s just the way he wants it. Build a buzz, create speculation.
Joe’s a competitor and appears itching to get back in the political action. Will he? For now he’s saying I’m not really thinking about running. Translation: Joe’s keeping his options open. He currently resides on the Ganim family compound in Easton with his wife and children. Joe is completing community service while he tries to regain his law license. He’s making the media rounds sticking to his story that he didn’t do anything wrong in an effort to resuscitate his public standing. Joe may not have done so well in the witness box but he’s mighty good before a camera. The only place for a political future for Joe is Bridgeport where there is nostalgia in some city neighborhoods. Ten straight years of balanced budgets and no tax increase will do that.
Would Joe really move back to Bridgeport to run for mayor next year? If so, could he compete? If Joe can raise money he’d be competitive. Mayor Bill Finch doesn’t exactly have Democratic voters in his back pocket. But would Joe run as a Democrat? Might he say screw it, I’ll bypass the party animals and run as an independent?
Will State Rep. Chris Caruso, who lost close mayoral primaries to John Fabrizi in 2003 and Finch in 2007, give it one more crack? Caruso’s been quiet. We’ll see if he steps up his public profile after the November gubernatorial election. And what about Johnny Fabs? He’d like to have his old job back.
Oh, my, who’d have thunk the possibilities?
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