9 Republican candidates debate, bash Malloy in race for Governor

HEBRON, Conn. (WTNH)– Nine Republican candidates for governor took the stage in their second debate on Wednesday night.

The nine people on that stage took plenty of shots at each other, but they were united in one thing…bashing Dannel Malloy.

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Mostly that has to do with the state’s finances and ability to attract and retain businesses. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton is running on a platform of eliminating the state income tax. Former U.S. Comptroller Dave Walker said anybody suggesting that is not credible.

There are a couple of candidates running as outsiders. Businessman Steve Obsitnik is one of them. He railed against what he calls “career politicians”.

Attorney Peter Lumaj is another candidate who has never held office. The Albanian native pointed a finger right at the Mayors and first selectmen on the stage.

“I mean, if our towns were doing so great under their leadership, how come people are leaving the state?” said Lumaj.

“The four of us have one thing in common that you do not have: We have won an election. And you have to win an election if you are going to govern the state of Connecticut,” said Tim Herbst, (R) Trumbull First Selectman.

State Senator Toni Boucher added that republicans have only held a small minority in state government until very recently, so it’s tough to blame them for the state’s issues.

While plenty of people were bashing Governor Malloy, the candidates had to be a little more careful when talking about President Donald Trump.

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