Republicans Battle in Five-Way Debate At Mohegan Sun

Republicans Battle in Five-Way Debate At Mohegan Sun

Bob Stefanowski, Steve Obsitnik, Mark Boughton, Tim Herbst and David Stemerman participated in a Republican gubernatorial debate at the Cabaret Theatre at Mohegan Sun Thursday evening. (Brad Horrigan) With five candidates on the stage, Republicans clashed Thursday night among themselves and more often blasted a politician who is not on the ballot this year — Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. When Malloy was shown on a large screen in a pre-debate promotion, the partisan crowd booed. As part of the introductions, a commercial for each candidate played on the screen — and those for business executives David Stemerman and Bob Stefanowski both featured unflattering depictions of Malloy. By contrast, the candidates all gave President Donald Trump an “A’’ when asked about his performance so far in the White House. All candidates also said they would create jobs, balance the budget and turn the state around — with Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst saying they would improve the state in the same way they improved their communities. “People are fed up. They want new leaders in Hartford ,’’ Herbst told the more than 400 people in attendance at the Cabaret Theatre at the Mohegan Sun casino. On the controversial topic of abortion that some candidates have appeared reluctant to discuss, Boughton said he was “personally pro-life,’’ but said that abortion is a personal decision for a woman. Herbst said, “Roe vs. Wade is codified in our statutes. … That’s not going to change here […]

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