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.

Joan December 11, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Sounds like business as usual in Herbst-dominated Trumbull. All criticism must be squelched! What a thin skin these people have, for folks who want to be involved in politics. How will Tim Herbst ever survive if he wants to climb higher on the political ladder?
Thomas Tesoro December 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Mr. Testani, You said that MaryBeth Thornton made deals with unions when she was running for First Selectman. This is false. If you can prove me wrong please tell us what deals and with what unions these deals were made.
Thomas Tesoro December 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Mr. Testani, You said I negotiated an agreement witha Town Union. This is completely false. If you can prove me wrong please tell all of us under what authority I would be able to negotiate any agreement with any union? Tell us what union was involved?
Thomas Tesoro December 12, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Mr Testani feels free to malign Town volunteers asking legitimate questions. Now I have posed two questions to him. Will he continue to duck them? Unless he either provides proof that his statements of the past were true (he can't because they were not true) or he apologizes, he has no credibility.
saddem December 12, 2013 at 01:33 PM
I just want to make sure I have this right. The democrats are mad at the republicans for a decision they made. Does anyone else find this beyond ridiculous?
MAC December 12, 2013 at 01:54 PM
saddem, you refer to the Dems’ decision to nominate and second Mrs. Herbst as chair of the school board? If that’s your question, then yes, it certainly is PREPOSTEROUS for them to be angry about their own party members' actions!!................................. I can’t fathom why (instead of continuing to chew on their sour grapes and spit them in the faces of Trumbull Republicans at every possible opportunity) they don’t sit back and relax, nurse their wounds post election losses possibly, and enjoy the holidays and our wonderful town! ……………………………............................... Trumbull, after all, has thrived under Republican management for the last four years, earning all sorts of awards and kudos for quality of life, the schools and affordability—among them the below—which I have no doubt would NOT have happened if Baldwin or some other Dem were running Trumbull those years. http://trumbull.patch.com/groups/goodnews/p/trumbull-ranked-2nd-for-families?.................................................................... “NerdWallet.com has ranked Trumbull the second best place in Connecticut for young families. “…............................................. “By looking at school standardized test scores, real estate and income information, the website produced a list of 10 ‘best towns for young families’ with Orange ranking first, Trumbull second”…
Dan Luposki December 12, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Tom; let it go those who know you admire your perspective.as for Silber and Others who criticize Mrs. HERBST , they are way out of line. She was a gifted educator who has always placed the needs of kids over petty ridiculous innuendos. She is bright honest and represents Trumbull with dignity and care.
dave wilsoon December 12, 2013 at 06:28 PM
TT Show some self respect ,would'ya. Enough whining - the lefties lost because of attitudes like yours. You lost- move along. Hippocracy is a liberal curse. Your own PARTY nominated the lady- Tax and Spend Ray and his/your cronies are long gone.
Matthew Chase December 12, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Getting a little heated in this room. It's Trumbull folks. The Herbsts are our Kennedys. The family is so committed to this town and they should be commended not cajoled. The town looks great, new businesses are opening up, cats and dogs are living together....yet still there is nonsense name calling amongst the politicos. Republicans need to set the tone from their power position. Using the "I'm made of rubber, you're made of glue" talking points is beneath the level of discourse of intelligent people.
Thomas Tesoro December 12, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Hi to All, I am of Sicilian descent and we neither forgive nor forget! :) As for the actions of Ms. Seaman and Mr. Ward, I fully respect their decision to nominate, second and vote for Mrs. Herbst. The Democratic Party respects the decisions of their members but reserves the right to disagree as colleagues. By contrast the Republicans either toe the party line or are either ostracized (Rob Pescatore and Ted Lovely) or driven out (Tom Kelly and Lisa Valenti). I think reasonable people can disagree on whether Mrs. Herbst should be the Chair of the BOE while her son is FS. I think it is possible to have a reasonable discussion of the issue. Mr. Testani, predictably and unfortunately, has chosen the tried and true method used by Republican strategists, that is, to assault the messenger. That should be rejected as petty and non-productive. As for Ms. Seaman and Mr. Ward, I applaud their attempt at bi-partisanship (and wait for any reciprocal action by the Republicans but expect none). I equally applaud Mr. Silber for raising a legitimate issue in a respectful way. As for Mr. Testani, his Party has deliberately misled the voters with outright falsehoods. he either fesses up or proves me wrong. Silence is not an option and quite frankly proves the veracity of my comments.
dave wilsoon December 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM
TT You were strangely silent during Tax and Spend Ray's "Friends and Family " years. Also silent as Ralph Lassagna hired family,(Transportation) and friend's (and their daughters) (Principal) to positions, not even counting his son working for AFB, Ralph's cohort. Your silence then was deafening. Need I continue? Can you say HYPOCRITE AND SORE LOSER
Thomas Tesoro December 13, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Mr. Wilsoon your ability to comprehend an English sentence seems to be lacking. Show me where I criticize Mrs. Herbst . I criticize the response to Mr. Silber's letter. I criticize Mr. Testani's inability to articulate a sound argument but instead he trashes the messenger. Mr. Silber has raised a legitimate question and it deserves a thoughtful debate. Instead we get trash talk from Mr. Testani. That may appeal to you and MAC but thinking people will see it for what it is. Nonsense.
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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