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Rhode Island’s Man of the Year

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

 

In February of 2012, leading political scientists weighed in on David Cicilline’s 15% approval rating in a GoLocalProv story.

Cicilline was ranked as having the lowest rating of any member of Congress ever running for re-election and the lowest approval ranking of any elected official ever in Rhode Island.

Leading experts told GoLocalProv the following:


“We can’t think of an incumbent that has survived [with such low numbers,]” Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Report said. “I really think Cicilline's problems are largely driven but what's going on in Providence. Every time the Mayor has to do something, it reflects on him.”

According to Darrell West, Vice President and Director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C, it is possible that Cicilline has the lowest approval rating among any politician in Rhode Island’s history.

Big Rebound Nine Months Later

On Election Day, more than 108,000 voters in the 1st Congressional District voted for Cicilline and re-elected him to serve his second term in Congress.

Cicilline won 53% of the vote in a three-way race and easily defeated the popular Republican Brendan Doherty. Doherty garnered just 40% of the vote, despite spending a highly competitive $1.4 million.

The General election win was the second step in Cicilline’s amazing return from political flat-lining.

First Step to Redemption

The first was his win in the Democratic primary against businessman Anthony Gemma. Two years earlier, Gemma had run a credible race in the Democratic primary. With Cicilline looking extremely vulnerable due to the city of Providence’s financial collapse under his leadership and the perception that he mislead voters, Gemma looked well-positioned to unseat Cicilline.

But, Gemma ran a strange campaign focused on voter fraud rather than taking on Cicilline on the issue of Providence’s fiscal mismanagement, which current Mayor Angel Taveras widely criticized.

Gemma’s missteps lead Cicilline to a 62% to 30% win in the Democratic primary.

Cicilline’s apology and acknowledgement that he may have mislead them about the condition of Providence’s finances, combined with Gemma’s missteps, convinced voters to reconsider Cicilline. Then, Cicilline targeted Doherty as being another GOP vote for Speaker John Boehner. The voters in the heavily Democratic 1st Congressional District sparked by a Presidential year came home and returned Cicilline to the House.

Moving Forward

Now, Cicilline has the opportunity to make voters feel good about the outcome of the election and create a legacy of positive impact for Rhode Island.

No politician in modern history has ever been so low in polling and come back to victory – a decisive one at that.

For these reasons, David Cicilline is GoLocalProv’s selection as Rhode Island's Man of the Year.
 

 

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Comments:

anthony sionni

Go local has lost it, no wonder why no names are associated with this article and you use news staff!

"Cicilline was ranked as having the lowest rating of any member of Congress ever running for re-election and the lowest approval ranking of any elected official ever in Rhode Island." So now he is man of the year? LMAO

"No politician in modern history has ever been so low in polling and come back to victory – a decisive one at that." We know he was low in the polls, but you cant go by one poll and make this comment, how stupid lol

Mark D

What accomplishments has your Man of the Year, while in Congress, made to fix 2nd highest unemployment? help the worst state to do business in? done for pension reform? fix illegal immigration? helped job creation? stopping mortgage foreclosures? improving education?

Please, besides the fact he lied throughout the entire re-election campaign, WHAT HAS HE DONE FOR RI? - NOTHING! He is the junior congressman in the smallest worst run state in the union. That's his claim to fame and you reward him by giving him Man of the Year.

Pathetic.

tom brady

What a joke this rag has become. All it is good for is lists.

Not Telling

Are you "F"n crazy?

shawna amitrano

I agree with previous post. You are making yourself look like a joke, and a purely ass kissing publication.

RI Taxpayer

Ummmm, this is a joke, right??

Scott Dickerson

Consider your publication sinking to a new low, even below even the Pro Jo. You will no longer be taken seriously nor read by me. I'm GONE

Chris MacWilliams

The new face of RI... We get the government we vote for!

Patrick Boyd

This rag has become a joke, just like Projo!! There is no morality left in journalism!!

frank bentley

this took a lot of courage since GoLo killed DC all year UNTIL.he won..plus w/McGowan going to Ch 12 there is no writer

Don Morash

How can anyone give this guy the man of the year? Viola Davis should be upset for sharing the limelight with this joke of a congressman. We know why he and Obama won. The electorate is either black, Hispanic, gay , or union members. All want their "stuff". This Country and this State has lost it's integrity with clowns like Cicillini. Anyone with a brain and a conscious knows he's no good for Rhode Island and the Country.
Gotta go to work now to pay for their stuff now!

pearl fanch

Yeah, Golocal is F***ed in the head.

RolandJ Lavallee

Gee, I have a problem with my computer. I clicked on a link from Facebook and came to this article on The Onion.

Oh wait, GO-JOKE-AL is in need of a new reporter(s)!

Idiots!

GoLocal is all screwed up. Just because a moron resurrects his political career from the dead in a state of morticians doesn't mean you're the greatest.

Bobby Richardson

You angry people do realize that GoLocal wrote more negative stories on David Cicilline than any news outlet last year, right? Of course he was the top story of the year.

Craig Cardullo

This is about the same as Time naming Adolph Hitler man of the year. Just because someone is in the news a lot doesn't mean he did anything good.

Lorraine Botts

Unbelievable. I have no respect for this website. I only use it to check the weather.

steven richard

clearly it goes to show how pathetic this state is, that no one else could be man of the year in this state. i find it incredibly odd that ciccilini was in fact reelected by a margin so much higher than the margin of error indicated by the polls. of course, there was the hand choosing of his demographic by our lovely gordon fox and ciccilini himself. also, its quite funny that anthony gemma was right that at the last minute boatloads of people swarm the polling centers to cast thier votes.
now really, how about the one man who really does care about people in this state, who actually does something for people. why not alan shawn feinstien, that would be my vote for person of the year!!!

steven richard

clearly it goes to show how pathetic this state is, that no one else could be man of the year in this state. i find it incredibly odd that ciccilini was in fact reelected by a margin so much higher than the margin of error indicated by the polls. of course, there was the hand choosing of his demographic by our lovely gordon fox and ciccilini himself. also, its quite funny that anthony gemma was right that at the last minute boatloads of people swarm the polling centers to cast thier votes.
now really, how about the one man who really does care about people in this state, who actually does something for people. why not alan shawn feinstien, that would be my vote for person of the year!!!

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm n

Registered for the site just so I can let you know that you have lost all credibility in my eyes. Keep creating dumb lists. Weather is all you are good for. Adios! Off to Projo!!!

Silence Dogood

shake my head, the press has bcome nothing more than a PR machine for the progressives
for shame

Dan McGowan

Thanks so much for weighing in everyone. We always appreciate your feedback (even when you're upset). Please don't hesitate to e-mail if you'd like to discuss further. danmcgowan21@gmail.com

anthony sionni

Out of all the people who have done good, they pick this guy, unreal! Ill spread the news of this, dont put your name on this dan lol.

Geoffrey Wickham

That is the best you can come up with?

Geoffrey Wickham

You totally blew it with both picks. Cicilline is total joke. Even though I like Viola Davis, have you forgot about Gina Raimondo?

Dan McGowan

Geoffrey,

Thanks for writing. Gina was our person of the year last year. I know it doesn't seem like it, but pension reform actually was passed and signed into law in 2011.

http://www.golocalprov.com/news/person-of-the-year-woman/

We totally understand everyone's criticism and we like that you're all involved.

Who would you have selected?

jon paycheck

first of all....is ciccilini a stateman or a politician..
thats an easy answer.. he is a great campaigner and politician.( and a great liar, to boot)


as a statesman.. he gives everyone what they want and very little of what they need.

lets face it, there are certain folks that no matter what he does or how bad he is, they will still vote for him....

Mark St. Pierre

A politician man or woman of the year ! Only in Rhode Island where we put the state's biggest crimminals and/or dumb-asses(politicians) on a pedestal.
Smith Hill is a joke, this web site is a joke!!!

Joseph Bernstein

Viola Davis is a good choice because although she doesn't live or work in RI(we have no real openings in her field)she remembers her hometown and helps out and she is generally a very admirable lady.
But David Cicilline-he is a degenerate and dishonest,lying piece of crap.You have lost your minds over here.
There are many good doctors in RI-but I guess doing real good for people doesn't qualify.

Joseph Bernstein

To follow your way of thinking here,they should've made Jeffrey Dahmer man of the year for Milwaukee years back.Too bad Dahmer didn't run into Cicilline.

Mark D

I would nominate Anthony DeQuattro of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island who has done great work helping returning Veterans and Vietnam Veterans over your pick!

Harold Stassen

I have to agree with the sentiments of the majority of these posters.
Yes, GoLocal wrote many negative stories about Cicilline, but they were totally deserved. To now name him Man of the Year is beyond incredulous. Did he pull off a dramatic victory, well kind of. But when you consider the outrageous gerrymandering that Cicilline and his fellow gay cabellero Gordon Fox pulled off, it really wasn't that dramatic. Funny how that little piece of information was neglected in the article.
First it was informing us to keep an eye on Providence Councilman Michael Solomon this year and how he may "loan" his campaign a large sum of money to scare off potential opponents, now Cicilline as Man of the Year. Maybe Councilman Solomon should take some of his $$ and pay back the PEDC loan that has been delinquent for over TEN years. You guys are pathetic.

Joe Maguire

and who was runner-up? Mickey the Boob?

Art West

Perhaps the only thing funnier than naming Cicilline "Man of the Year" is Cicilline being named to the House Budget Committee by Nancy Pelosi.

jon paycheck

how about karl waddenstein, neil steinberg, to name a few..

M w

I have just unsubscribed to your newsletter.

Tom Jones

Tell me it ain't so. After everything that has been written about David Cicilline (most of it negative & accurate) how could you even entertain naming him your man of the year? Clearly, there are more deserving people than the fraudulent politician who lied his way into Congress then completely redrew the district so he could remain in Congress.
One has to wonder what the writers at GoLocal were thinking (contrition?) in selecting this most dishonorable selection.

steven richard

i have read every post and yet i have not found one in aggrement with the choice made. no surprise to me as he is an embarrassment to the state. did people forget how he lied to get elected, forget about the break his criminal brother got time and time again, or his last minute deals that threatend the city with bankruptcy.
not 1 single person has anything good to say?
must be nothing good to say!
but in 2 more years RI voters will reelect this clown! oh im sorry i mean man of the year!

RolandJ Lavallee

Dan McGowan, the problem is that you gave this hooch some more airtime and that's where you went wrong.

To pay ANY notice to the worst politician in RI history, especially one whose wake of questionable and immoral behaviour is still felt by the average taxpayer living in this craphole called Providence!

And the fact that GoLocal gave this moron any airplay is the same as giving him homage and praise for overcoming a very tall hurdle.

But hey, he played the Scare the Seniors tour, lied about Rome burning even though he's holding the torch and the lighter fluid and here GoLocal gives him an attaboy.

Michael Trenn

I guess it was because we don't have a Kennedy any more. Shameful.

tom brady

Good idea Dan, let's start a "LIST" of other choices.

RolandJ Lavallee

Dan, you need to rerun this article, claim insanity from visiting RI Future website and correct this error.

Viola Davis would be the number one choice.

ANY POLITICIAN in this state would be a wrong choice!

Bob Myron

Are you freakin kidding, you must be smokin crack, this light in the loafer loser steals the City Of Providence blind in plain sight not to mention what he did behind the scenes and you clowns vote him man of the year...first of all "Man" is a stretch....second he is one of the biggest fraud losers this state has ever seen....I'm done with your cesspool filth of reporting

Tricia Cahill

McGowan and GOLOCAL has lost all credibility with this pick. First, the concept is inane. There is nothing extraordinary about anyone in RI... it is a state in decay and decline. Ciccilline is the poster child for corruption and dishonesty. He is a self-serving narcissist. Worse, he and his pals in our Congressional delegation are useful idiots for the Obama administration. None of them, including Reed, who is simply a lapdog for the admin, have done anything of credible import for this State. They simply feed at the trough of government handouts which are becoming more meager as the federal teat is drying up.

Shame on GOLOCAL... it is a fun website for going out and about but now they are simply becoming irrelevant with their political commentary.

Joseph Davis

On a related note...

Go Local Prov names Jerry Sandusky as Sportsman of the Year.

(credit to the Onion)

Gary Arnold

Yes, only in RI as the clown state of the USA.




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