Herbst Blasts Malloy for Vilifying Law-Abiding Connecticut Residents While Putting CT Communities at Risk

TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst blasted Gov. Malloy Thursday for comments saying the NRA had essentially become a "terrorist organization." Herbst said the comments vilify responsible, law-abiding Connecticut residents and do nothing to make our schools and communities safer — while there are growing concerns about the mental health and criminal justice systems in the state.

"Gov. Malloy's vilification of responsible, law-abiding Connecticut gun owners is reprehensible," Herbst said. "This kind of over-the-top, divisive and hateful rhetoric does nothing to make our schools or communities more safe and serves only to fuel the partisan gridlock that prevents positive change."

"Gov. Malloy's incendiary behavior is made all the more outrageous by the escalating signs that our criminal justice and mental health systems here in Connecticut are flying totally off the rails," Herbst continued.

"At the same time this governor is lobbing divisive comments at law-abiding Americans looking to protect their way of life, we have a state-run mental health facility at Whiting where 10 state workers have been arrested and another 31 suspended after revelations of rampant patient abuse," Herbst said. "The state's criminal justice system is likewise in disarray under Malloy's failed leadership. In just the last two months, an inmate gave birth in a prison cell at the York female prison without correctional officers noticing, another inmate escaped from the maximum security prison in Somers and a convicted felon, released from prison early under Lawlor's flagship Risk Reduction Earned Credit (early release) program, drove his car through the front of Middlesex Hospital and tried to light himself on fire."

"Gov. Malloy's disastrous abdication of leadership is putting Connecticut communities at risk," Herbst said. "The public and the press need to hold the governor accountable for these escalating failures and not allow him to distract from the issues with divisive rhetoric."