Maybe it’s time for Joe Ganim to rebrand his Instagram account as the “real” Joe Ganim -- like Donald Trump.
The Bridgeport mayor says someone is impersonating him on the Facebook-owned photo and video-sharing social media platform.
Ganim alleges that the “impostor” is using the rogue account to engage them in fraudulent activities. Some of the mayor’s followers said they received direct messages asking for money in return for government grants.
For a run-of-the-mill politician that’s a problem, but it is especially the case for Ganim, who served seven years in federal prison for corruption before winning back the mayor’s office of the state’s largest city in 2015.
“Please know that there is an imposter [sic] Instagram account using my name to engage and IM people with false and fraudulent information,” Ganim posted.
Ganim lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary to Ned Lamont last August. He is up for re-election as mayor this year and is facing multiple challengers from his own party, including state Sen. Marilyn Moore and state Rep. Charlie Stallworth.
The real Joe Ganim has 2,108 Instagram followers, compared to 237 for the rogue account.