– FILE – Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim (WTNH)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, who is currently exploring a run for Governor, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon in reaction to the State Election Enforcement Commission‘s ruling that he is disqualified from receiving a public campaign grant from the Citizens’ Election Fund.

On Wednesday, the Commission issued a final decision that Ganim is not eligible for public financing in a potential run for Governor because of his corruption conviction. The legislature changed the law in 2013 while Ganim was serving time in federal prison. The change forbids those convicted of felonies related to their public office from participating in public financing.

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Ganim said he was not surprised by Wednesday’s decision.

“This ruling is disappointing but not surprising, given the draft previously released by SEEC. The law it is based on, however, is patently unfair and most likely unconstitutional. Those like me with a felony conviction long ago in their past have the legal ability in our state to restore their voting rights, run for and serve in elected office. There is simply no rational justification for…