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Nappier Won’t Attend Debate

by | Oct 7, 2014 11:39am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Election 2014, Hartford, Trumbull

Hugh McQuaid file photo State Treasurer Denise Nappier won’t be attending the one and only scheduled debate in the race for state treasurer Tuesday night.

Nappier’s campaign spokeswoman Rose Ryan said she would be unable to attend the event due to “personal reasons.”

Her Republican opponent Tim Herbst said he intends to attend the debate and “debate an empty chair,” if he has too. However, after spending the whole week prepping for the debate and rearranging his schedule, Herbst said he hopes Nappier reconsiders.

“I’m in a state of shock,” Herbst said an hour after learning of Nappier’s decision not to attend.

He said he hopes Nappier will be able to overcome the “personal reasons” and “join me in the remaining 29 days to discuss the critical issues facing our state.”

Kristi Allen file photo “What concerns me most is that Ms. Nappier has been unable to demonstrate to Connecticut residents why she deserves another term in office,” Herbst said. “I am genuinely concerned for her well-being and I think Ms. Nappier needs to let the families of Connecticut know whether she is physically and emotionally able to carry out her duties managing $26 billion of assets.”

The debate is sponsored by the Hartford Votes Coalition and will be begin at 6 p.m. tonight at the Hartford Public Library. It will also include two of the three candidates for state comptroller. State Comptroller Kevin Lembo was unable to accept the invitation to debate due to a previously scheduled event. But Rolf Maurer and Sharon McLaughlin will be attending. The debate will be moderated by CTNewsjunkie.com’s Christine Stuart.

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posted by: GBear423 | October 7, 2014  12:26pm


NOBODY is shocked by this.  and apologies to Lembo lovers,  but I see him as just a political tool,  he won’t come out against the party.  He has over seen this financial mess, was part of the team that projects false surpluses and is silent to the fact he the State is taking out loans, deferring on payments and knows the treasurer is playing a shell game with accounts all to operate State govt.

posted by: Noteworthy | October 7, 2014  3:41pm

Nappier needs to say exactly what the problem is - and why she is canceling at the last minute for “personal reasons.” What are they? The voters have a right to know. Anything short of a death ought to be dealt with at another time, unless the treasurer is involuntarily hospitalized. The stealth campaign, riding on the coattails of other Democrats, while hiding out behind prepared statements and comments from her spin staff is not right.

posted by: friedrich5 | October 7, 2014  6:48pm

If you are unwilling to debate you deserve to be voted out of office ! And that goes for either party. If you disrespect the voters you should lose your seat.

posted by: StillRevolting | October 7, 2014  6:56pm

Is Nappier a serious candidate or just confident in her assumed right to another term because of the unwavering penchant of Connecticut voters to match D’s to their bubbles? Read about the rest of her disappearing act. No serious electorate would put up with it. Then again, we are the Land of Steady Habits. At sixteen years in office, Nappier has become a habit. One we should probably break in November.

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