Herbst starts TV on Monday

July 9, 2018 GMT

Tim Herbst, the former Trumbull first selectman, will begin his primary TV campaign on Monday, finally joining the two self-funders and Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton in the contest for the hearts and votes of Connecticut Republicans heading into the August 14 primary for governor.

“These ads are really going to make a contrast with the rest of the field and they are going to distinguish my candidacy from the others, as the most-consistent Republican in the race who is ready to upend and dismantle business as usual,” Herbst said on Friday morning.

Herbst’s on-air presence will join the months-long efforts by Bob Stefanowski of Madison and David Stemerman of Greenwich, two self-funded political neophytes who both eschewed the May GOP convention and achieved the primary ballot by petitioning. Herbst, who came in second at the party convention, will join Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, who won the party endorsement and who went on-air last week.

Most recently, Boughton signed a $36,000 contract with WFSB Channel 3, for an ad buy. Meanwhile, the other candidate in the five-way primary who survived the convention - Steve Obsitnik, the Westport tech entrepreneur, is still awaiting final approval from state regulators who recently awarded Boughton and Herbst their $1.35-million grants in the voluntary public-finance program.

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