Twitter Wars: Stefanowski, Boughton, and Herbst in Ongoing Battle on Social MediaJune 22, 2018
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.
— Bob Stefanowski (@bobforgovernor) June 20, 2018
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.
This will be the first election you’ll actually be voting in for the first time in 17 years. #progress
— Tim Herbst (@timherbst) June 20, 2018
Last time I checked you were a Democrat. https://t.co/2RnIcSPPmC
— Mayor Mark Boughton (@MayorMark) June 22, 2018
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.
Utilizing the CEP isn’t wasteful spending, Bob. It helps ensure that those who run aren’t corrupt.
Flying to Texas last-minute and making Bridgeport pick up the tab? Now THAT’s wasteful spending. https://t.co/wAZd0AD91v
— Ned Lamont (@NedLamont) June 22, 2018
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.
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