HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on ex-convict Mayor Joe Ganim filing paperwork to run for Connecticut governor (all times local):
An ex-convict's campaign for Connecticut governor has gotten off to a fast start — 100 mph to be exact.
That's the speed an SUV carrying Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim was doing Wednesday when state police pulled it over on Interstate 84 in Southington, shortly after he filed paperwork to seek the Democratic nomination for governor.
Ganim was a passenger and Bridgeport police Detective Ramon Garcia was driving. Hearst Connecticut Media reports the SUV was doing 100 mph but no ticket or warning was issued. A state police spokeswoman said officials are looking into the incident.
Ganim served nearly seven years in prison after being convicted of corruption in 2003 during his first tenure as Bridgeport mayor. He was released from prison in 2010 but was elected mayor again in 2015.
An ex-convict who mounted a political comeback with his election as mayor of Connecticut's biggest city is now running for governor.
Democrat Joe Ganim submitted paperwork to launch his campaign Wednesday in Hartford.
Ganim served nearly seven years in prison after he was convicted of corruption for steering city contracts in exchange for private gifts during his time as Bridgeport mayor. He was released from prison in 2010 and stripped of his law license but was elected again as Bridgeport's mayor in 2015.
Ganim joins a crowded field of candidates looking to succeed Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is not seeking re-election. Ganim also has been barred from the public campaign financing program because of his felony conviction.