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CT-Gov.: Herbst, Boughton Spar; Stefanowski Claims 12K Signatures

June 4, 2018 By Staff
CT-Gov.: Herbst, Boughton Spar; Stefanowski Claims 12K Signatures

Two of the three confirmed candidates for the August GOP primary are squabbling, and one trying to petition his way on thinks he has enough signatures to make it.

Welcome to the latest Connecticut gubernatorial campaign update. See last week’s update, which also covered the Herbst vs. Boughton battle, here.


Ex-First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull), who fell just short of the CT GOP endorsement at May’s convention, continued sparring with the man who did win the endorsement, Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), this week, with a thinly-veiled broadside at what Herbst alleges are Boughton’s “snarky responses.”

“The snarky responses, excuses and silence from my opponents to a simple challenge to face the voters underscores why I am the only candidate Republican voters can trust to win in November, bring fundamental change to Hartford and fight for their values,” Herbst said on Monday. “If they had confidence in their collective record and vision they wouldn’t hesitate to debate and would agree to the 94.9 [Lee Elci] debate before close of business today.”

Reclaim Connecticut noted last week that Boughton accused Herbst of having a “temper tantrum” over his debate challenge to the other GOP candidates.

The CT Mirror‘s Mark Pazniokas has a good read out Monday on the Herbst vs. Boughton feud. It’s worth a click.


Three candidates are currently trying to collect the 9,000-plus GOP signatures needed to earn a spot on the August primary ballot via petition: businessmen Bob Stefanowski and David Stemerman, and Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton).

Stefanowski thinks he may have hit the mark. From the Courant‘s Neil Vigdor:

The former UBS Investment Bank chief financial officer revealed plans to submit 12,000 GOP signatures to city and town registrars of voters Tuesday for certification.

Vigdor noted GOP candidates for governor need 9,081 Republican signers to earn a spot on the ballot. Stefanowski has around 33 percent more than needed.


Stemerman, the other businessman looking to petition his way onto the primary ballot, released a new ad on Monday.

Stemerman’s ad continues his theme of “outside the box thinking.”


Steve Obsitnik, the third of three candidates to qualify for the August primary via the convention process, was on CBS Connecticut’s Face the State this weekend.


Republican candidate for treasurer Thad Gray has kept an active pace since the convention. He received endorsements from two prominent figures last week: Christopher Burnham, the last Republican to win the treasurer’s office in the state, and State Sen. George Logan (R-Ansonia).

“Thad Gray is an exceptionally well qualified and dynamic leader for Connecticut as the next State Treasurer,” Burnham said.

“Thad Gray knows what needs to be done in Hartford and he will bring more expertise and success to that office than any candidate who has recently run for State Treasurer,” Logan said.

Logan also said that he hopes his colleague, State Sen. Art Linares (R-Westbrook), reconsiders his primary challenge of Gray, who won the GOP’s endorsement at the party convention in May.