A former mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who served seven years in prison after being convicted of racketeering and bribery charges kicked off a campaign on Wednesday to win back the office he last held 12 years ago.
Democrat Joseph Ganim had been viewed as a rising political star and possible gubernatorial or congressional contender when he was arrested and charged with running a “pay-to-play” operation in which real estate developers had to pay bribes to win deals in Connecticut’s largest city.
Ganim, 55, said on Wednesday he had filed papers to challenge Democratic Mayor Bill Finch. He contended that he was the best candidate for the job he held from 1991 through 2003, when he was convicted.
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