Ernie Newton rebounds from convict to City Council

Posted: Updated:
BRIDGEPORT -

Bridgeport now has two convicted felons serving in public office, following the election of Ernie Newton to City Council Tuesday.

The other is Mayor Joe Ganim.

Newton was first elected councilman 33 years ago, and he thanked his East End constituents for the second chance Wednesday. He says his supporters were able to forgive him and relate to him because many have family or friends who have been in prison.

The former state senator served five years in prison for a 2005 conviction on bribery and tax evasion charges. Then he was convicted again two years ago of campaign finance fraud, and he could return to prison if he loses his pending appeal.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."