Candidate Wants Opponent To Limit Campaign Spending

July 02, 2018 - 4:09 pm
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Mayor Joe Ganim is urging his fellow Democratic candidate for governor, wealthy businessman Ned Lamont, to limit his campaign spending to $1 million.

Ganim, of Bridgeport, issued his challenge on a Sunday on WFSB-TV and repeated it Monday. He's calling on Lamont "not to become the Linda McMahon of this election cycle," referring to the former two-time Republican U.S. Senate candidate who spent a total of $100 million of her own money.

A spokeswoman for Lamont is giving no indication the party's endorsed candidate plans to agree to Ganim's challenge.

Patty McQueen says Republican candidates are committing tens of millions of dollars to the race, in addition to "unlimited outside money pouring in." She says "there's too much at stake."

Ganim was denied access to the state's public campaign financing system.