Herbst Presses Debate Challenge: Reluctance 'Betrays Lack of Confidence'

TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst mailed letters Tuesday to his current rivals for the Republican nomination pressing an earlier challenge to agree to ten debates.

"When I challenged the rest of the GOP field to ten debates, I heard only crickets," Herbst said in a statement on the letter.

"That suggests my opponents intend to hide behind their checkbooks or a bold line on the ballot because they have no confidence in their ability to answer tough questions about their record, values or vision for restoring prosperity to Connecticut," Herbst continued. "Their collective reluctance to debate betrays a lack of confidence and should sow doubt over their ability to win in November."

"Republican voters simply cannot have confidence in a candidate's ability to defeat Retread Ned Lamont and the Democratic machine in Hartford if they are too afraid to stand on a stage, face the voters and answer questions," Herbst said.

"I am eager to share my record of proven reform with an outsider vision for upending business-as-usual in Hartford," he said. "I am a battle-tested candidate with a proven track record of winning tough elections.  I have confidence in my record and vision — that sets me apart in this contest as a candidate Republicans can trust to fight and to win for them."

Herbst sent letters to Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, Steve Obsitnik, David Stemerman and Bob Stefanowski. Copies are attached below.

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