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Trumbull Republican: No 'Mass Exodus' from the TRTC

Tim Herbst
Tim Herbst

To the Editor:

As the Chairman of the Trumbull Republican Town Committee Recommendations Committee, I would like to address some of the outrageous comments made by a Democratic candidate in last week’s edition to the Trumbull Times.  He would have residents believe through his hyperbole and exaggerations that there has been a mass exodus from the Trumbull Republican Party.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  

A handful of malcontents decided to leave the Republican Party and become Democrats because of personal agendas.  Nothing more.  It was stated that half the Republican Town Committee has resigned.  The truth, there is a waiting list in some districts of people that want to join the RTC. 

This year, Democrats Steve Wright, Lisa Labella, Greg Basbagil and John DelVecchio chose not to stand for re-election.  Are they leaving the Democratic Party out of disgust? Are they leaving because they are turned off by the negative tone certain Democrats have brought to the political process in Trumbull?  In all of my years involved in Trumbull politics, I have never known a person who changed their political affiliation five times in a two year period.

If Mr. Herbst has created such a toxic environment in Town government, as some have claimed, then why have the voters elected and re-elected Mr. Herbst by wide margins in 2009 and 2011.  Mr. Herbst was the first Republican first selectman re-elected in Trumbull since Larry Heimann in 1971.  Republicans also won super majorities on the Trumbull Town Council in two consecutive elections, something that has never been done in all of the years I have been involved in Trumbull politics.  People get re-elected when voters believe they have done a good job.  Voters clearly believe that the Herbst administration has done a good job of managing the Town. 

This year, the Herbst Team has assembled one of the strongest slates of candidates to stand for election.  Our Town Council candidates represent the best of Trumbull.  They are decorated veterans, business professionals, lawyers, teachers, small business owners, grandparents and parents.  Mr. Herbst and his team will stand on their positive record of accomplishment.  The only toxic environment that has been created in Town government is the visceral disdain and personal animosity that certain Democrats show for our First Selectman.  And, like the little boy who cried wolf one too many times, I believe voters are sick of this negative approach and want to talk about how we can move our Town forward in a positive direction.

Dee Chiota 

Diane Chiota September 05, 2013 at 11:39 AM
Tom, get over yourself. You are not all knowing, or all seeing. You act like (or blog) that you have an inside scoop to all news pertaining to our local government. Talk about "deep throat"! Why do all these "people" confide in you and only you? Even old time democrats are talking about you! You twist your words to suit your needs. So what if people decide to leave their Councill seats? Do you think they should stay there forever. Does eveyone who decides not to run again have to give you the reasons? You need to get a life!
Tom Kelly September 05, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Dee, I think it's a shame that you have to use such personal remarks in order to make your point. I have never addressed you or spoken about you publicly or privately in anything other than a polite and respectful way. I will not respond in a personal way now, either. I have the utmost respect for you, and your husband John is, in my opinion, a very good man. When my parents were elderly and ill and both were dying and needed a conservator, your husband was kind and compassionate with me and my family, and this was long before I was involved in politics. So you can have the last word on this, and I will just say have a nice day and a good weekend.
Kathleen McGannon September 06, 2013 at 06:44 AM
Tom, Clearly you have ruffled some feathers with your comments. Continue to take the high road. When you were on their side, no one ever complained about what you posted in support of Tim and his team. Now, you post in a similar fashion in support of Martha and her team and you are "bad, bad, bad." Clearly, you have struck a nerve!
greg September 06, 2013 at 10:15 AM
What about the few TRTC members that were voted off to ensure a slate. These individuals didn't play town politics?
greg September 06, 2013 at 10:20 AM
I think its just sad that members of the TRTC believe what is actually happening to the town. I just want to go off one point. Concert Series. You can honestly believe that the Train concert made so much money it covered 2 cancelled. I am not going to go there with Michael Bolton issue but money is money and a dollar is dollar. Everyone is counting their pennies to survive why isn't the FS and the majority council? If you believe that financially then you deserve what you get.

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