Connecticut: Signature Woes Lead Herrmann to Drop Out

Posted June 16, 2010 at 6:23pm

House hopeful Tom Herrmann shelved his Capitol Hill aspirations Wednesday, withdrawing from the 4th district Republican primary because of what appear to be falsified names on his petitions.

Two people came forward to say they didn’t sign Herrmann’s petitions even though their names are on the documents, the Connecticut Post reported.

Herrmann put out a news release announcing that he’s quitting the contest because it was clear there wouldn’t be enough valid names to qualify for the ballot.

“Although we collected well over the 1988 signatures required from qualified Republican voters, we do not believe enough will be validated to meet the threshold,” he said.

Businessmen Rob Merkle and Rick Torres are now the only Republicans still trying to get on the primary ballot with state Sen. Dan Debicella.

Debicella is the party-anointed candidate for the seat now held by Rep. Jim Himes (D).