Ganim Calls On Debate Sponsors To Reschedule Or Allow Candidates Petitioning To Participate

GANIM: CPTV GOV Forum Does Disservice To Voters By Only Allowing Party Endorsed Candidates


BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Joe Ganim sent a letter today to Connecticut Public Television and the Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service at the University of Hartford, asking them to either reschedule a live, one hour, televised gubernatorial forum scheduled for this Thursday, June 7 or allow candidates petitioning to get on the ballot to participate.

The forum, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater in West Hartford, is only allowing participation by candidates endorsed by the state Democratic and Republican parties, denying participation from candidates seeking to petition their way onto the ballot.

"It is hard to understand how organizations dedicated to educating the voters about the primary process would schedule such a forum before the Secretary of the State’s office certifies all the candidates for governor in mid-to-late June,” said Ganim.  "With the primary not until August 14, rather than only promoting candidates endorsed by party insiders, this event should either be rescheduled or petitioning candidates should be allowed to participate.  Allowing it to continue as planned does a disservice to Connecticut voters."

Ganim has sent a letter to Connecticut Public Broadcasting President and CEO Jerry Franklin and Leslie Smith, Director of the Rell Center for Public Service on this issue.  A copy of the letter is attached to this message.