Trumbull RTC Asks Herbst Critic to Resign

Jack Testani, chairman of the Trumbull Republican Town Committee, wants Tony Silber to resign from the Planning and Zoning Commission because of his attendance record.

The request follows Silber's recent statement expressing concern that Deborah Herbst was elected Chairwoman of the Board of Education. She is the mother of First Selectman Tim Herbst but was on the school board before he was elected selectman in 2009.

“Mr. Silber has missed 31 meetings in five years on the Planning and Zoning Commission. This is a slap in the face to the Trumbull voters,” said Testani. “The Planning and Zoning Commission is one of the most important boards in the Town of Trumbull.  This board dictates our land use and long range planning which has an important impact on our tax base and our quality of life."

Silber declined to resign and called Testani "angry."

"So is Tim Herbst, who has a 'Svengali-like' hold on Testani. I said Tim Herbst’s position as first selectman, together with his mother as chairwoman of the school board, creates a conflict. I still believe that," Silber said.

"But that doesn’t mean I don’t honor the public service of Deborah Herbst, Tim Herbst, and Michael Herbst. I do, and I respect them all. I even honor the public service of Jack Testani. This is about Jack and Tim crudely trying to crush perceived opponents. But I’m not involved in community service to oppose Jack Testani or Tim Herbst," Silber added.

The svengali reference comes from Testani's statement that Silber "apparently does not have enough time to serve the citizens of Trumbull but he does have enough time to the Trumbull Democratic Party spokesman."

He accused Silber of having a "Svengali-like hold on the current membership of the Trumbull Democratic Party."

But, replied Silber, "I participate because I am determined to have a voice in the affairs of my town. Testani and Herbst could not be less relevant to that."

The full letters have also been published on Trumbull Patch.

dave wilsoon December 13, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Typical Liberal- never address the point at hand, always change the subject. You actually needed to win to have the bully pulpit you desire- the voters and your own party have spoken- the thoughtful debate you so desire occurred already, but you were too busy having another tantrum to notice.
Thomas Tesoro December 13, 2013 at 08:31 AM
Let me help you Mr. Wilsoon. Your attempt to deflect the conversation is typical of the defeated right winger. When confronted with a logical argument that they cannot counter they immediately attack the messenger or try to change the subject. Unfortunately, this is not about me, liberalism or Ray Baldwin. it is about a Citizen (Tony Silber) who raised a question about the propriety of or at minimum the appearance of a consolidation of control into one Family. It is about the inability of Jack Testani as representative of his party going on the attack instead of being able to create an intelligent response to a legitimate question. If that subtlety is too complex for you feel free to keep attacking me. Do it enough times with enough venom and maybe the Republican Party will hire you as one of their writers. Your style certainly fits the mold.
gail jarvis December 13, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Tom T. While your many Comments on the Blogosphere are well known and well remembered......Nothing you have ever said was as telling as your admission of "........decent and we neither FORGIVE nor FORGET!" Tom, give your self the Gift of Forgiving and Forgiveness. To Forgive is to be Free.
Thomas Tesoro December 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM
It was a joke Gail note the smiley face. Have a very Merry Christmas.
Thomas Tesoro December 13, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Oh Gail, I forgot to thank you for remembering my many blogs. As I mentioned to Mr. Wiloon, read my posts more carefully before pointing out non-existent "admission". The :) denotes that poster is making a joke. Again, Merry Christmas.


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