Dems question Herbst's political aspirations

If First Selectman Timothy Herbst wins re-election Nov. 5, will he finish out his term, or will his political aspirations take his attention away from Trumbull? That’s the question local Democrats say they want a clear answer to.

The Trumbull Democratic Town Committee asked Tuesday if Trumbull “will hold Herbst’s full attention through 2015.” A press release from town committee cites the two-term Republican first selectman’s support of Tom Foley for Governor Campaign in 2010 and Linda McMahon’s campaigns.

“McMahon and Foley recently returned the favor, co-hosting a $100 a ticket fund-raiser last August for the first selectman,” according to a release from the Democrats. “All this begs the question — having played roles in the campaigns of such mentors, where is Herbst focused? And if re-elected in November, will Trumbull hold his full attention through 2015, or might he be eyeing a run for a larger office next year?”

Town Democrats have raised this question before, including at the July nominating convention, in which Town Councilwoman Martha Jankovic-Mark was nominated to run against Herbst.

Herbst responded to the Democrats on convention night, telling The Times he is committed to doing the job of first selectman and he criticized the Democrats for saying the same thing when he ran for re-election two years ago. Herbst responded Tuesday to the latest comments from the Democratic Town Committee.

“My opponents don’t want a discussion about balancing budgets, providing tax relief, implementing full-day kindergarten and attracting new jobs and development so they keep recycling the same tired attacks,” Herbst said. “The people of Trumbull put me here to do a job and that’s where my focus remains.”

Democrats argued voters deserve a clear yes or no answer.

“Will Herbst give the voters of this community an unequivocal answer, or continue to leave supporters and opponents alike dangling?” Democrats said.