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Racism allegations surface in race for Bridgeport's mayor

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With just a little more than one week left until Bridgeport’s mayoral primary, the political attacks have been flying, including allegations of racism.

Late last month, a political mailer went out, questioning some legal work Joe Ganim did for a man with ties to a white supremacist group after the former mayor got out of prison.

Some clergy members in Bridgeport have asked for an apology or a clarification and others, who are supporting Ganim, said it was just a nasty attack.

"We're not here to attack people, we want Joe Ganim to give account for what he's done or tell us what he hasn't done, so we can move on,” said Bridgeport Pastor Carl McCluster.

He said that it isn’t political, but with Election Day coming in about one week, the timing would suggest otherwise.

McCluster and a number of clergy members, who admitted they are supporting Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch, said they want Ganim to clarify his stance.

After Ganim got out of prison, and while he was trying to get his law license back, he worked as a paralegal for the defense team of an alleged white supremacist accused of trying to sell guns to the KKK.

"All money isn't good money. You have the right to choose,” said Bishop William Marshall. “I believe as a paralegal, he had the opportunity to recuse this particular assignment."        

Clergy members who are backing Ganim held a news conference refuting the political mailer and the allegations.

"The Klansmen represent something, they represent fear and when you put that out there, you're telling black people this is what you're going to get if you vote for Joe Ganim,” said Rev. Mary Lee McBride. “Well let me tell you, Joe Ganim is the furthest thing from Klu Klux Klan."     

Bridgeport's Democratic Primary is scheduled for next Wednesday.  

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