Hartford, Ct. – This morning the Connecticut Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Freedom of Information Commission (FOIC) to determine whether Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst used taxpayer resources to attack his political opponents. For months, the party has sought public records, but has been stonewalled at every turn. Today’s action is a logical next step in the process.
“We hoped this would be a simple request, yet this lack of transparency is telling” said Connecticut Democratic Party spokesman Leigh Appleby. “At the core of this issue is whether Tim Herbst used his taxpayer-funded office to go after his political opponents and advance his own political career. Period.
“This is not politics, this is the law. And Tim Herbst is not above it. Elected officials are entrusted with the public’s confidence and their service should reflect that.
“While Tim Herbst uses his remaining months in office to throw tantrums and issue FOI requests of officials who have long since retired, we are simply asking him to restore the public trust that he has lost through years of using the town of Trumbull as a stepping stone to seek any office he can find in Hartford. The taxpayers of Trumbull deserve better, and, frankly, the state of Connecticut needs serious leaders in serious times, not Chris Christie and Donald Trump wannabes.”
A full copy of the Connecticut Democratic Party’s complaint can be found here.