Herbst won't face primary for GOP nod

Trumbull's First Selectman Timothy Herbst will not face a primary for the GOP nomination for state treasurer. Ridgefield resident Bob Eick said Monday that will not seek a primary.

Saying “Primaries tend to diminish the Republican opportunity to win on the under ticket,” Bob Eick announced he was ending his bid for the office of Connecticut State Treasurer.

“I have been encouraged and gratified by the support I received from all corners of the state in such a short time but I will not pursue a Primary,” said Eick, a Ridgefield resident and partner in CRT Capital of Stamford.

Eick qualified for a Primary with nearly 30% of the delegates’ votes at the Connecticut Republican State Party Convention in May —double the amount needed by party rules. Herbst received 70 % of the vote in May and will now challenge 16-year incumbent Denise Nappier.

“When it comes to the race for Governor, I think Boughton, McKinney or Foley would all do a better job than Dan Malloy,” Eick said. “They also will have several million dollars to put into their respective races to get their messages out. It just isn’t the same for an under ticket race- particularly for State Treasurer, when running against a four-term incumbent- even one who has a terrible record of performance, like Denise Nappier. It’s unfortunate we have a career politician as our State Treasurer when what our state really needs is someone with financial expertise.”

Eick did not mention Herbst in his announcement. The two had clashed in the media, leading up the convention.