Ganim denied entry to Governor candidate panel in West Hartford


Bridgeport Mayor, and Democratic candidate for Governor, Joe Ganim, was denied entry to a candidate panel on Thursday night. 

Here’s how it went down when Ganim tried to get in.

“So I can’t sit here and talk,” said Ganim.

“No. We are private university and we do things by invitation only. So I didn’t know about it. We told the other candidates they weren’t allowed to do anything politically other than the show so it would be unfair to allow me to do that,” said a panel representative. 

“This just seems to be too much one sided, between the Lamont campaign and whoever formed this together to try and side step,” said Ganim. 

Connecticut Public Television aired the candidate forum on Thursday night.

A letter went out from organizers saying “the event will be open to the party endorsed nominee for Governor as well as candidates who gathered 15 percent of their respective convention delegates on the final ballot.”

Ganim says he was excluded from the forum, while the only democratic candidate,  Ned Lamont, was allowed inside.

Right now, Ganim says he has more than 24,000 signatures on his petition to get on the August primary ballot, but those signatures still need to be verified.
The deadline is this Tuesday.

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