Former Bridgeport mayor Joe Ganim is trying to get his old job back and wants to make public integrity a big part of his campaign.
If elected, Ganim said he wants to start a non-partisan office of public integrity, but current Mayor Bill Finch said when it comes to public integrity there are plenty of question marks about Ganim’s own credibility.
Ganim, who served time for public corruption, said the city needs to be more transparent and open… a veiled shot at his allegation the city was recently trying to suppress crime news in advance of the election. Something the city denies.
"To look ahead, not only to root out, but to get ahead of and be preventive where areas have happened in the past,” Ganim said.
On Monday, Finch spent the morning highlighting a plan to increase pre-kindergarten access in the city, while also improving public safety and cutting crime by targeting those most at risk.
"The most important thing is to make sure we have jobs for our people and that they have better schools and that's what we've been busy doing. Scandal free for eight years and we're going to keep it that way,” Finch said.
Ganim is asking for a second change.
"What happened 15 to 20 years ago is relevant, but what's really important is what we're doing going forward,” Ganim said.
"He's not really a credible source on ethics in government. He's an expert on how to act unethically in government,” Finch said.
The democratic primary is set for Sept. 16.
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