Updates from the trail

TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst pledged Tuesday to support the eventual Republican nominee for governor, even if it is not him, and called on every other Republican seeking the office to do the same.
 
“I am committed to supporting the Republican nominee for governor, even if it is not ultimately me,” Herbst said, “and I am calling on all the other GOP candidates for governor to make the same pledge.”
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Primaries can be nasty battles with personal attacks that lead to long-lasting, bitter feelings.

Despite the political shots that will be coming this year, Republican candidate Timothy Herbst is calling upon all of his fellow gubernatorial aspirants to pledge to support the party’s nominee after the August primary.

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TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst today said independent candidate for governor Oz Griebel has no realistic pathway to victory in 2018 and has entered the race in an attempt solely to play spoiler to the Republican nominee.
 
"Oz Griebel is in this contest to try and help his friend Luke Bronin become governor by siphoning Republican votes," Herbst said. "Voters need to know, a petition signature forOz Griebel is a vote for four more years of Gov. Malloy's job-crushing, tax-hiking agenda," Herbst said.
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TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst blasted a loophole in state law Monday that will allow a nurse charged with repeatedly abusing a patient at Whiting Forensic, a maximum security state mental health facility, to keep his pension and post-employment health benefits.

"It's no wonder we have an unfunded liability crisis in this state when Hartford insiders haven't even denied pensions and post-employment benefits to state workers who commit felonies on the job," Herbst said.

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Republican candidates for governor said Friday that the state needs to solve its transportation problems in order to kick-start the economy and create jobs across the state.

In front of more than 300 people that included union members and business leaders from chambers of commerce, 10 candidates spoke separately for about 10 minutes each.

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TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst sharply criticized a proposal sent by Gov. Malloy to the General Assembly Wednesday that suggests a hike in the state sales tax and large cuts to municipal aid to close a projected $208 million budget.

"Gov. Malloy and his insider allies in Hartford are at it again," Herbst said. "Connecticut once again faces a massive budget deficit and Gov. Malloy is rushing to demand more tax hikes on struggling Connecticut families and savage cuts to local services that keep our communities strong."

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Attend the next debate or get out of the race.

That’s what former Trumbull first selectman Timothy Herbst is saying to four fellow Republican candidates who last week missed the first major gubernatorial debate of the campaign season.

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TRUMBULL -- GOP gubernatorial candidate and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst announced Monday he has received endorsements from six members of the CTGOP State Central Committee.

"Our campaign to upend business as usual in Hartford by electing a proven reformer and Hartford outsider to shake things up continues to gain momentum every day," Herbst said.

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TRUMBULL, CT — A survey conducted by the state Republican Party found that most viewers thought Tim Herbst won the debate. The debate was held in Windsor Wednesday. The party cautioned that the results weren't scientific.

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Eleven months before Connecticut voters get choose their next governor, Republicans have kicked off a monthly road show with the goal of bringing candidate debates to each of the state’s five congressional districts before the GOP convention in May.

Judging by the two-hour slugfest at Windsor High School last week, candidates are working on their red-meat lines for the base they will have to mobilize to grab the 15 percent support from delegates they will need for a primary, if not the outright party nomination.

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