It was 25 minutes long and filled with acrimony almost from the start. Democratic state Treasurer Denise Nappier and Republican challenger Tim Herbst, currently the First Selectman of Trumbull, squared off in the studios of NBC Connecticut. It wasn’t even on TV; it was streamed online. The event was entertaining, informative and proved that voters deserve more than this one, quick faceoff.
Napper and Herbst didn’t stop when the debate was over.
Don’t we want more from these two? During the post-debate “discourse,” Herbst repeatedly offered to have another debate according to someone who was there. Nappier didn’t directly respond.
Herbst has spent the better part of the campaign trying to get Nappier to debate. He originally wanted five, Nappier agreed to one—at the Hartford Public Library Oct. 7th. But when that rolled around, she bailed citing “personal reasons.” That left Herbst with no opportunity to get the elusive incumbent one on one. That was until NBC Connecticut stepped up and managed to get Nappier to agree—to a 25-minute, online-only forum. Not exactly Lincoln-Douglas.
State treasurer is an important position and one the voters should think carefully about. The major dispute centers around the state workers’ and teachers’ pension funds. Herbst charges that they are performing very poorly. Nappier, a four-term incumbent, defends her decisions and the overall health of the funds. Herbst also charges Nappier didn’t tell the truth about never overriding the Investment Advisory Council (IAC). She did override it but says the IAC gave tacit approval to do so by not appealing the decision to the governor.
Herbst is piling up the endorsements of the state’s newspapers including the Hartford Courant. And he is closing the campaign with a red-hot mailer.
Surely we deserved more debates between these two. The NBC Connecticut debate will be shown during the station’s Sunday morning public affairs show.