Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst’s recent Twitter assault on mileage accuracy by Democratic state lawmakers is a prelude to another statewide run, some are speculating. Neil Vigdor, who covers politics for the Hearst Media Connecticut publications tweeted: “Dems say Herbst’s deep dive is purely political and a prelude to statewide candidacy for #Trumbull first selectman #ctpolitics.”
Herbst’s investigation has touched a raw nerve with Connecticut Democrats that set off a Twitter barrage three days before Christmas. State lawmakers are reimbursed for their mileage but can also use that reimbursement to add to their pension, once they leave office. When Herbst, a Republican, went on a Twitter rampage pointing this out, the Connecticut Democratic Party began a counter barrage, as did Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, suggesting Herbst was doing his research on the dime of the Trumbull taxpayers.
Herbst ran for state treasurer in 2014 and lost in a close race against incumbent Denise Nappier.
The Twitter attacks on all sides have stopped for the moment, suggesting a Christmas ceasefire.