2018 campaign

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Boughton, Herbst granted $1.35M in public financing

The State Elections Enforcement Commission approved public financing grants Wednesday for Republicans Mark Boughton and Timothy Herbst, two of the three gubernatorial candidates participating in the voluntary Citizens’ Election Program in 2018. The third, Steve Obsitnik, will have to try again next week for a fifth time. Continue Reading →

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Seek and ye shall find… but at SEEC, it can take a while

Steve Obsitnik’s campaign for governor will go before the State Elections Enforcement Commission on Wednesday morning to make its fourth try since May 23 for approval of $1.35 million in public financing for his Republican primary in August. Two GOP competitors, Mark Boughton and Timothy Herbst, also are on the agenda again. Continue Reading →

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Political deja vu: Candidates pledge to market CT tourism

There were three Republicans, a Democrat and an independent. Most sounded strikingly like Dannel P. Malloy did as a candidate for governor in 2010: They were incredulous at how little the state spends on marketing to tourists, and they promised to boost spending that tourism advocates say yields quick returns. But the question Friday for the tourism industry is whether any will do better than Malloy in sustaining spending for marketing. Continue Reading →

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SEEC to Boughton, Herbst & Obsitnik: Come back next week

The three gubernatorial candidates seeking public financing failed to win approval of their grants Wednesday by the State Elections Enforcement Commission, the result of deficiencies in their applications for $1.35 million each to wage a primary. All three are Republicans. They will have another chance next week. Continue Reading →

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Early count has Ganim on path to qualify for primary

Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim seemed assured Tuesday night of qualifying for a Democratic primary for governor, setting the stage for a summer campaign by the ex-con mayor against the convention-endorsed favorite, Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. As of 4 p.m., Ganim had 7,612 signatures already authenticated and tabulated — nearly half of what he needs to force a primary. He says he collected and filed 32,000 to be safe. Continue Reading →

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A heated review of a chaotic end to a congressional convention

The chaotic ending of a Democratic congressional nominating convention last month was intensely dissected Thursday night in a special hearing as delegates and advocates contested unsigned paperwork and other voting irregularities. The party was responding to complaints by Waterbury Mayor Neil O’Leary and Scott X. Esdaile, president of the Connecticut NAACP. Continue Reading →

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Gubernatorial candidates submit to 12-minute job interviews on CPTV

Mark Boughton watches NASCAR and does yoga, though not at once. In ninth grade, Ned Lamont played keyboard in a band called Flower Pot. Timothy Herbst played offensive line in high school for a legendary football coach. Steve Obsitnik’s kids didn’t want him to run for governor, but they got over it. Are you ready to hire one of them for governor? Continue Reading →

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Stefanowski gets closer on less-traveled path to GOP primary

Bob Stefanowski has campaigned for governor of Connecticut in something of an alternate universe, a place where there was no Republican state convention, no delegates deciding who gets access to the primary ballot. Instead, Stefanowski’s path to the primary brought him, his volunteers and paid staff to the homes of more than 12,000 Republican voters. Continue Reading →

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With no one on his right, Herbst takes aim at Boughton

Timothy Herbst is in a good mood. At the Cromwell Diner, where he just chatted with the mayor and former police chief over a breakfast of coffee, eggs and politics, he says he can see a path through a crowded field to the Republican nomination for governor — even if it means stealing a page from the GOP’s bête noire, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
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