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CT-Gov.: “Temper Tantrum” vs. “Meltdown” as Debate Drama Rules the Week for GOP

May 29, 2018 By Staff
CT-Gov.: “Temper Tantrum” vs. “Meltdown” as Debate Drama Rules the Week for GOP

Tim Herbst is calling for 10 debates. That call for debates dominated the headlines in the gubernatorial race on Tuesday.

Ex-First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull) is having a “temper tantrum.” Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury) is having a “meltdown.”

At least, that’s what two of the top GOP gubernatorial candidates had to say about each other on Tuesday, over Herbst’s challenge to his Republican competitors to debate 10 times between now and the August 14 GOP primary.

The skirmish started last week when Herbst challenged his five competitors – Boughton, businessmen Steve Obsitnik, David Stemerman, and Bob Stefanowski, and Mayor Mark Lauretti (R-Shelton) – to 10 primary debates.

“If you don’t have enough confidence to stand on a stage 10 times, face the voters and answer tough questions, then you have no business running for governor and should drop-out,” Herbst said.

Obsitnik agreed to debate in an email to Herbst on Tuesday.

With this in mind, I propose that we as GOP candidates designate a town or city each week where we can bring in the local media (e.g., TV, radio, paper, bloggers) to help moderate a series of debates where we as Republicans engage on the critical issues facing the next governor of Connecticut.

Then Boughton accused Herbst of having a “Timmy temper tantrum” in comments to the Hartford Courant.

“We don’t let our campaign cave to a Timmy temper tantrum,” Boughton told The Courant Tuesday. “Look, I think Tim ought to be more concerned about his fundraising and his qualifying for [public campaign financing] than running everybody else’s schedule.”

Herbst responded by accusing Boughton of having a meltdown.

“This campaign is not about us as individuals, it is about the taxpayers of our state and building a better future for them and their families,” Herbst said. “To respond to a challenge to face the voters in additional debates with a petty meltdown shows a lack of discipline and a short fuse.”

The Courant reported Stefanowski and Stemerman as being noncommittal on Herbst’s debate call.