Updates from the trail

TRUMBULL -- Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst earned the endorsement of the Trumbull Republican Town Committee (RTC) in his bid to become the state's next governor at the group's meeting Sunday.

"It has been my honor to lead my hometown over the last eight years and to fight and win elections with such an incredible group of local Republicans," Herbst said.

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Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst, who’s not seeking reelection to another two-year term in favor of  pursuing the 2018 Republican nomination for governor, released a list of early endorsements from current and former municipal leaders from around the state.

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TRUMBULL, CT — First Selectman Tim Herbst now has endorsements from 11 current and former municipal leaders across the state in his bid for governor.

"Our campaign to upend business as usual in Hartford continues to gain momentum every day and in every corner of Connecticut," Herbst said. "I am honored and humble to have the support of these incredible leaders."

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TRUMBULL -- Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst has received the endorsement of the Putnam Republican Town Committee in his bid for the 2018 GOP gubernatorial nomination. Putnam is the first RTC in the state to make an endorsement in the 2018 Republican contest for governor.

"I could not be more honored to receive the endorsement of Putnam Republicans," Herbst said. "From the Quiet Corner to Fairfield County, our campaign to upend business-as-usual in Hartford is gaining momentum."

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So impervious to the damage caused by their agenda have Democratic insiders in Hartford become that they did not even attempt restraint after voting to protect excessive and lavish perks for themselves and big labor special interests.

After passing the bogus SEBAC deal, legislators under the Gold Dome promptly proposed yet another crushing tax hike aimed right at struggling Connecticut families. Unable and unwilling to trim the bloated bureaucracy in Hartford or reform the extravagant benefits afforded to insiders and big labor, Democratic leaders want to implement a $1 billion tax increase by hiking the sales tax to 6.85 percent.

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First Selectman Tim Herbst, a Republican candidate for governor in 2018, recently called “unconscionable” a proposal by Gov. Dannel Malloy to zero out Education Cost Sharing funding for dozens of towns, including Trumbull, if there is no state budget passed by October.

“It would be unconscionable for Governor Malloy to rob funds from the education of students in towns like Trumbull in order to bail out the irresponsibility of insiders in Hartford,” Herbst said. “Malloy has proposed punishing the best managed towns and cities in Connecticut in order to subsidize business as usual in Hartford.”

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TRUMBULL, CT — First Selectman Tim Herbst reacted sharply to Gov Dannel Malloy's plan to entirely cut education cost sharing funding for Trumbull along with 84 other municipalities.

"It would be unconscionable for Gov. Malloy to rob funds from the education of students in towns like Trumbull in order to bail out the irresponsibility of insiders in Hartford," Herbst said.

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In the event Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst should find himself as Connecticut’s next governor, he has already identified which person will be the recipient of his first telephone call in that new job: his Florida counterpart, Rick Scott.

“If I’m governor, my first call is going to be to Governor Scott and I will tell him to stay the hell out of my state,” said Herbst, citing the Florida Republican’s visit to Connecticut in June when he urged business leaders to “capitulate and come to Florida and make it easier on yourselves.” But Herbst added that Scott’s attempt to lure away Connecticut businesses would not have occurred if the state was viewed nationally as a pro-business environment. “We have an image problem, a confidence problem, a morale problem.”

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The feckless leadership of Hartford insiders is now directly harming the most vulnerable Connecticut residents. Incapable of tackling our crushing unfunded liability crisis due to their blind subservience to big-labor special interests, Governor Malloy and his allies have begun to make catastrophic and poorly conceived cutbacks to some services as they struggle to finalize a budget. In the process, they have shirked their responsibility to pursue long term reform.

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Timothy Herbst’s reputation precedes him on a summer evening’s visit with the Republican Town Committee in Cheshire. In eight years as first selectman of Trumbull, plus one statewide campaign for treasurer, Herbst has been a pugnacious mixer, happy to scrap in person, in the media or via his personal political action committee.

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