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Twitter Wars: Stefanowski, Boughton, and Herbst in Ongoing Battle on Social Media

June 22, 2018 By Staff
Twitter Wars: Stefanowski, Boughton, and Herbst in Ongoing Battle on Social Media

Three of the five candidates for governor are squabbling over everything from campaign finance to party affiliation. Here's the breakdown.

Businessman Bob Stefanowski, Mayor Mark Boughton (R-Danbury), and former First Selectman Tim Herbst (R-Trumbull) are fighting over Twitter this week on a number of fronts in a gubernatorial primary that is fast heating up.

It started on Wednesday, when Stefanowski criticized Boughton and Herbst for accepting Citizens’ Election Program (CEP) funds in the gubernatorial race.

Stefanowski had previously challenged his opponents to reject CEP in an op-ed exclusively for Reclaim Connecticut.

Herbst and Boughton both responded quickly with barbs, Herbst on Stefanowski’s voter history and Boughton on Stefanowski’s former Democrat affiliation.

Stefanowski continued to tweet about his opponents on Thursday.

As of Friday morning, Republican candidates David Stemerman and Steve Obsitnik were staying out of the fray.

In an interview with Reclaim Connecticut on Thursday – full interview to be published next week – Stemerman said of the Twitter spat: “My focus is on improving the lives of the people of Connecticut.”

Perhaps the most bizarre twist? Ned Lamont, the Democrat-endorsed candidate, jumped into the fray on Friday morning, with a tweet lightly criticizing Stefanowski and hammering Mayor Joe Ganim (D-Bridgeport) on an entirely different issue.

The Twitter wars do not change the fact that the state faces $11 billion in budget deficits in the first four fiscal years for the new governor.