Herbst Racks Up 9 New Endorsements, 130 Total, as Momentum Continues to Build

TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst announced nine new endorsements Tuesday, bringing the total number of current and former GOP officials, party committees and party leaders who have endorsed Herbst to 130.

"I am overwhelmed by the extraordinary momentum our campaign to upend business-as-usual and restore prosperity to our state is gaining every single day in this final run-up to the GOP Convention on May 12," Herbst said. "Republicans from every corner of Connecticut are rallying to our campaign to defeat Gov. Malloy's chosen successor in November and save our state."

Herbst's nine new endorsements come on the heels of a major endorsement of his campaign by former Senate Minority Leader and GOP gubernatorial candidate John McKinney Monday — one of only two Republicans to reach the August GOP Primary for governor in 2014.

State Representative Pam Staneski, District 119

“Connecticut needs a leader in the governors office who will always put taxpayers and the next generation ahead of special interests and the next election,” said State Representative Pam Staneski. “Tim Herbst is a tireless advocate for hard-working taxpayers, led a remarkable turnaround in Trumbull and is the leader we need to save our state.”

CTGOP State Central Committee Member Michael McDonald, District 2

"In this critical election for the future of our state we must nominate a Republican candidate with a track record of winning tough fights and with a compelling message to win in November," said CTGOP State Central Committee Member Michael McDonald. "Tim Herbst won four straight elections in Trumbull, carrying super-majorities on the town council every time he was on the ballot, and led our state-wide Republican ticket in 2014, coming thousands of votes closer to victory than our nominee for governor. Tim also led an incredible turnaround in Trumbull, tackling many of the same issues that plague our state. Tim is the right choice for governor forRepublicans who want to win in November and save our state."

CTGOP State Central Committee Member Paul Carbo, District 34

"I put my support behind Tim Herbst 100 percent," said CTGOP State Central Committee Member Paul Carbo. "Tim is the only candidate who can turn our state around at a time when we need it most."

Berlin Republican Town Committee Chair Anne Reilly

"After eight years of abject failure from our state government, the time has come to nominate a candidate who will not only win but go to Hartford ready to completely dismantle the status quo,"  said Berlin RTC Chair Anne Reilly. "With Tim Herbst, what you see is what you get and at a time when so many people have lost confidence in their leaders, I believe Tim's honesty, tenacity, sincerity and grit is exactly what we need in the next Governor and that's why I'm endorsing him."

Enfield Board of Education Member and 2018 Republican of the Year Chris Rutledge

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. That is what we have done for far too long in Connecticut and that is why Tim Herbst needs to be our next Governor," said Enfield Board of Education member Chris Rutledge. "Tim has the right ideas, the resolve to drive his message home and the tenacity to run a demanding campaign while challenging the status quo. For these reasons and more, I wholeheartedly endorse Tim Herbst to be the Republican nominee and to be the next Governor of Connecticut.”

New Endorsements (9):

  • East Windsor Republican Town Committee
  • State Representative Pam Staneski, District 119
  • CTGOP State Central Committee Member Michael McDonald, District 2
  • CTGOP State Central Committee Member Paul Carbo, District 34
  • Berlin RTC Chair Anne Reilly
  • Groton RTC Vice Chair Scott Aument
  • Former Stamford RTC Ways & Means Chair Philip Balestriere
  • Enfield Board of Education Member and 2018 Republican of the Year Chris Rutledge
  • Vice Chairman of the Ledyard Zoning Board of Appeals Eric Treaster

Previous Endorsements (121):

  • East Haven Republican Town Committee
  • Newington Republican Town Committee
  • Norwich Republican Town Committee
  • Trumbull Republican Town Committee
  • Putnam Republican Town Committee
  • Former Senate Minority Leader John McKinney
  • State Rep. Mike France, District 42
  • State Rep. Greg Stokes, District 58
  • State Rep. Kevin Skulczyck, District 45
  • State Rep. Robert Siegrist, District 36
  • State Rep. Craig Fishbein, District 90
  • Former Middletown Mayor Seb Giuliano
  • East Haven Mayor Joe Maturo
  • North Haven First Selectman Mike Freda
  • Woodstock First Selectman and former State Rep. Mike Alberts, District 50
  • Newington Mayor Roy Zartarian
  • Former Stamford Mayor Mike Pavia
  • Former Norwalk Mayor Dick Moccia
  • Former Bridgeport Mayor Mary Moran
  • Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti
  • Former Trumbull First Selectman Ken Halaby
  • Former Rocky Hill Mayor Henry Vasel
  • Former Easton First Selectman Thomas Herrmann
  • Former Groton Mayor Bruce Flax
  • Former Groton Mayor Jane Dauphinais
  • Former Clinton First Selectman Bruce Farmer
  • Former First Selectman of Clinton Virginia Zawoy
  • West Hartford Town Council Minority Leader Chris Barnes
  • Former Plainfield Selectman Carol Anne Rowe
  • Former DEEP Commissioner and House Minority Whip Sid Holbrook
  • Former DEEP Commissioner Arthur J. Rocque
  • 2014 GOP Nominee for State Comptroller Sharon McLaughlin
  • GOP State Central Committee Member and Cromwell Mayor Enzo Faienza, District 9
  • GOP State Central Committee Member and Trumbull Town Council Chairman Carl Massaro Jr., District 22
  • GOP State Central Committee Member and Plainfield RTC Chair Dan Gallant, District 18
  • GOP State Central Committee Member Patricia Fers, District 17
  • GOP State Central Committee Member Daniel Hetzel, District 18
  • GOP State Central Committee Member Robert Kolenberg, District 27
  • GOP State Central Committee Member William Jenkins, District 35
  • GOP State Central Committee Member Meg Cassanta, District 9
  • Enfield RTC Chair Mary Ann Turner
  • West Hartford RTC Chair Dennis Swanton
  • Groton RTC Chair Jim Nault
  • Newington RTC Chair Domenic Pane
  • North Haven RTC Chair James X. DiCarlo
  • East Haven RTC Chair Robert Parente
  • East Haven RTC Vice Chair Chris Farrell
  • Branford RTC Vice Chair Marc Riccio
  • Stamford RTC Chair Fritz Blau
  • Norwalk RTC Chair Mark Suda
  • Guilford RTC Chair Cindy Cartier
  • Orange RTC Chair Nancy Nastri
  • Putnam RTC Chair and Selectman Roy Simmons 
  • Woodbridge RTC Chair and Police Commissioner Stephen Falcigno Sr.
  • Former Groton RTC Chair Constantine G. Antipas
  • Former West Hartford RTC Chair Peter Martin
  • Former Trumbull RTC Chair Vincent Fuimara
  • Former West Haven RTC Chair Michele Gregorio
  • Former Orange RTC Chair Vincent Marino
  • Former Milford RTC Chair Paul Beckwith
  • Former Norwich RTC Chair Linda Becker
  • Former Norwich RTC Vice Chair Steven Becker
  • Former Norwich RTC Chair and Stonington Delegate Ray Dussault
  • Former Ansonia RTC Chair Irving Reed
  • Stonington RTC Secretary Kendra Becker
  • Enfield RTC Vice Chair Kelly Hemmeler
  • Clinton RTC Vice Chair Kim Neri
  • Salisbury RTC Vice Chair Vivian Rockwell Nasiatka
  • Westbrook Second Selectman John Hall
  • Orange Board of Education Chairman Bill Kraut
  • Ansonia Board of Alderman President Lorie Vaccaro
  • Enfield Town Council Member Lori Unghire
  • Berlin Town Council Member Alex Giannone
  • Stamford Board of Representatives Member Steven Kolenberg
  • Stamford Board of Representatives Member Kieran Ryan
  • Stamford Board of Finance Member Salvatore Gabriele
  • Former Stamford Board of Finance Member Joe Tarzia
  • Woodbridge Board of Selectman Member Joe Dey
  • Woodbridge Board of Finance Chairman Matthew Giglietti
  • Former Woodbridge Registrar of Voters Loredana Falcigno
  • Windham Board of Education Member John French
  • Tolland RTC Co-Chair Barbara Dimauro
  • Former Avon Board of Zoning Appeals Member Steve Vicino
  • Tolland Town Council Member Tammy Nuccio
  • Tolland Town Council Member John Reagan
  • Tolland Board of Education Member Christina Plourd
  • Former Fairfield RTM Deputy Majority Leader Brian Farnen
  • Norwalk RTC Vice Chair John Romano
  • Norwalk Police Benevolent Association President Marc Lepore
  • Former Norwalk Board of Education Candidate Marc D’Amelio
  • Cromwell Registrar of Voters Bonnie Anderson
  • Newington Town Attorney and RTC Member Ben Ancona
  • Former Groton Town Council Member Bonnie Nault
  • East Windsor RTC Chairman and Police Commission Chairman Bob Leach
  • East Windsor Board of Education Member, RTC Treasurer Fran Neill
  • Former East Windsor Board of Education Member Rev. Greg Bilodeau
  • Executive Director of East Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Former East Windsor Selectman Jim Richards
  • Former East Windsor Police Commissioner Peter Pippin
  • East Windsor Board of Finance Member Sarah Muska
  • East Windsor Board of Education Member Kathy Bilodeau
  • Trumbull Town Clerk Sue Burr Monaco
  • Trumbull Town Council Member Edna Colucci
  • Trumbull Town Council Member Paul Verbitsky
  • Trumbull Town Council Member Donna Seidell
  • Trumbull Town Council Member Lori Rosasco-Schwartz
  • Trumbull Board of Finance Chair Elaine Hammers
  • Trumbull Board of Finance Vice Chair William Haberlain
  • Trumbull Board of Finance Member Steve Choi
  • Trumbull Board of Finance Member Scott Zimov
  • Trumbull Board of Education Chair Loretta Chory
  • Trumbull Board of Education Secretary Jackie Norcel 
  • Trumbull Board of Education Member Marie Petitti
  • Trumbull Planning and Zoning Chairman David Preusch 
  • Trumbull Planning and Zoning Member Larry LaConte, Sr.
  • Former Vice Chair of Trumbull Town Council Joe Pifko
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Mark Block
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Tony Scinto
  • Trumbull RTC Chair and Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Matthew Caron
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Jeff Donofrio
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Rick Constantini
  • Former Member of Trumbull Town Council Ken Martin Sr.

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