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Exclusive: GOP Candidate Doherty Voted Democratic Twice

Friday, May 13, 2011


Less than 24 hours after announcing his candidacy for Congress in Rhode Island’s 1st District, former State Police Supt. Col. Brendan Doherty is already facing questions about his affiliation with the Republican Party.

According to information obtained by GoLocalProv, Doherty voted in Democratic Primaries in both 2006 and 2008 before making the switch to voting in the Republican Primary last November.

Campaign spokesperson Dante Bellini said Doherty recalls voting in previous Democratic primaries for certain local candidates, but voted in the Republican primary in 2010. He would not name the Democrats Doherty has voted for.

Doherty made his announcement in front of hundreds of supporters at Imperial Packaging in Pawtucket yesterday, billing himself as a man with “common sense” and “uncommon integrity.” His message was one of a candidate willing to stand above the fray in partisan politics.

“Rhode Island needs Congressional representation with uncompromising strength and integrity, untainted by scandal and owing no party or person anything,” Doherty said. “That’s me. I believe my fresh and untainted perspective separates me from others whose vision has been blurred by partisan obligations and personal ambition.”



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Oh no. He voted in an open primary? And Democrats never vote in Republican primaries? Come on, get real with this garbage.

Comment #1 by Don Botts on 2011 05 13

i could care less.

Comment #2 by john paycheck on 2011 05 13

I don't think this should shock anyone. RI GOP primary voters will have a choice between two solid candidates coming from different points on the political spectrum. Doherty's positions make it clear that he is a moderate and John Loughlin has always campaigned as a conservative. At the end of the day, either John Loughlin or Brendan Doherty could beat Cicilline given the Congressman's current poll numbers.

Comment #3 by Joe Penkala on 2011 05 13

Big deal - Chafee was a Republican before he was a Democrat before he was an (ahem...) Independent....RINO, DINO, I Dunno.... I don't care who he voted for in previous elections and it's really none of my business for that matter, what I care about is what he stands for NOW! Whether it's Mr. Doherty or Mr. Loughlin EITHER choice is better than the lying crook sitting in the seat now!

Comment #4 by CHERYL BRESSAN on 2011 05 13


This matters to core Republicans, who will make this part of their decision process when giving support. Loughlin, who was brave enough to come out and take on Patrick Kennedy, when nobody else would (which later changed) has been a fighter as a Republican and has earned the support to run again. This probably doesn't matter to independent voters much who will probably be too busy voting in the Democrat primary.

Comment #5 by guy smily on 2011 05 13

Ridiculous. I am a committed Republican. In the past I have voted in the Democrat primary for the person I thought would be the best or weakest candidate against the Republican.

What DIstrict One needs is a person of authentic integrity, competence and principle. There is a void the size of the Grand Canyon that needs to be filled. Brendan Doherty is T H E GUY to do this. He just announced a little too early and people might get fatigued. I commend him and will support him.

Comment #6 by Catherine Puleo on 2011 05 13

This just means he’s not a partisan hack. That’s a positive in my book.

Comment #7 by Donn Roach on 2011 05 13

So what! I am a Registered Republican, and I voted for Gina Raimondo. I'm glad I did, too. We Republicans are far more likely to vote for the person, and not the party, than the vast majority of idiot Democrats in this state. They must think their things will fall off if they vote for a Republican.

Comment #8 by Michael Trenn on 2011 05 13

I find it interesting that all of these "Committed Republicans" are ready to jump on the bandwagon of a candidate that has yet to even speak about the issues. Yes there is a void the size of the Grand Canyon that needs to be filled....one of these candidates has already proven himself and taken on the Dems...I think it is sad that people would so easily write him off when so little is known and it is so early. It is also sad that it appears there are two good candidates going against each other in what may be a bloody battle that MAY end with one of them losing to a Democrat...I am sure the dems are thrilled! The Republican party doesn't need a primary it needs good candidates to fill the seats. Let the dems eat each other....

Comment #9 by jack flash on 2011 05 14

This is all you've got on this guy??? And this is the big "Exclusive"??

Comment #10 by Scott Grace on 2011 05 14

In many districts in this state the Democratic primary IS the election.It's the case where I live.
This is a ridiculous criticism.
If anything,it shows the man to be open minded.
I live in District 2 so this primary would be academic for me,but I sure hope that miserable lying scumbag Cicilline is thrown out on his ass.
Actually,Anthony Gemma could come back against Cicilline and perhaps the little devil won't even be on the ballot in the general

Comment #11 by joe bernstein on 2011 05 14


You are absolutely correct, Joe.

Here's why Doherty's Republican affiliation matters:

Doherty claims that he is not a politician, that he is not beholden to political forces, that he is a man of "uncommon integrity."


Brendan Doherty is as much a political animal as David Cicilline is.

Brendan Doherty made a CYNICAL POLITICAL DECISION to run as a Republican. It has NOTHING to do with political philosophy or values.

Rather, Doherty engaged in a cold, professional political calculation. He figured -- correctly -- that his only path to victory was in a General Election against David Cicilline.

In other words, he decided to join the political party of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachman because it suited his personal ambition and political agenda.

Brendan Doherty is just the latest in a long line of political hacks who will say and do anything they think it takes to satisfy their ambitions.

Brendan Doherty began this campaign by misrepresenting himself. That fact alone disqualifies him from political office.

Uncommon integrity? Not a chance!

Common political dissembling? ABSOLUTELY!

Comment #12 by Charles Drago on 2011 05 14

Maybe it's as simple as it's only way for him to have any say in who his mayor, town council, state rep and senator is. In his hometown, the democratic primary decided the election for all of those offices....many republicans in town do the same thing, in order to have a say in their town government....

Comment #13 by Bonnie Large on 2011 05 14

This is as meaningless as saying he owned Ford's all his life and now buys Chevy's.

Comment #14 by jkl the 2nd on 2011 05 14


Wrong. Dead wrong.

What Brendan Doherty is saying is that he drives a Chevy now; what he is implying is loyalty to Chevy, whose values and virtues he embraces.

Brendan Doherty came out of the box deceitful and all too eager to hide the truth about his past -- even though, taken solely on its own merits, there is nothing to be ashamed of in his past.

Unless ... Unless Brendan Doherty, when he tells us that he is untainted by political obligation and is a political newcomer, is not telling us the truth.

If we want a lying, evasive congressman from the RI 1st, why fix what ain't broken?

Comment #15 by Charles Drago on 2011 05 14

Voting in the Republican primary in RI is generally a waste of time. The fact that you vote in a Democratic primary means nothing more than you want to try to have some say in what goes on here. I rarely support Democratic candidates in general elections but I vote in Democratic primaries nearly every time unless there was a Republican race that mattered to me and was up-in-the-air. Sometimes you just have to hold your nose and vote for the less dangerous Democrat in the hopes of helping defeat the other one. In this state, the eventual seat-holder is often decided on Primary Day.

Comment #16 by Bernie McCrink on 2011 05 15


If elected, Brendan Doherty would strengthen the position of the GOP in Congress.

In other words, Brendan Doherty would support the Republic Party -- that of George W. Bush, Tom Delay, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Karl Rove ...

It was Brendan Doherty's cynical political decision to swith to the GOP.

God knows what else he's prepared to do to "win it."

Brendan Doherty and David Cicilline -- different cones, same flavor.

Comment #17 by Charles Drago on 2011 05 15

Mr Drago, you need couch, and not the kind for you and your companion.

Comment #18 by jkl the 2nd on 2011 05 15


More anonymous insight ... vivid, eloquent, courageous.

Comment #19 by Charles Drago on 2011 05 15

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