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Doherty Shifts Abortion Stance

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

 

Just weeks after announcing his run for Congress, former State Police Supt. Brendan Doherty is already apparently changing his position on a key issue—abortion.

One week ago, his campaign Web site said that Doherty “support[ed] the decisions of the United States Supreme Court,” including its rulings that abortion is legal, even though he “personally” was pro-life. But now that statement has been scrapped in favor of simpler language: “I am pro-life.” (See screen grabs from campaign site.)

‘You either are pro-life or pro-choice’

State Rep Doreen Costa, who is pro-life, said she was troubled to hear that Doherty had changed his position. “You either are pro-life or pro-choice. You can’t change your position in the middle of an election to appease either the Republicans or the conservative base,” said Costa, R-North Kingstown. “We all change our minds but this is something you don’t change your mind on.”

But Costa, who is a supporter of Doherty's opponent for the GOP nomination, John Loughlin, said she is withholding any judgment until Doherty has a chance to explain himself to her. She said she had previously scheduled a meeting with him and will raise the abortion issue then.

Robert Carlin, the head of the East Providence Republican City Committee, called Doherty’s first position on abortion a “typical liberal response.”

He said Doherty’s change on abortion gives him one more reason to question his GOP credentials. Carlin noted that Doherty has voted in Democratic primaries in the past. “I have some real concerns about his political background,” Carlin said. “I have concerns about his affiliation with the Democratic Party.”

Spokesman: Doherty merely ‘clarified’ position

A spokesman for Doherty said he did not change his position. Instead, he said the update to the Web site was a “clarification of his position as he felt the former language might be a little confusing.”

“His position on abortion is as stated in both exhibits,” added spokesman Dante Bellini. “He is pro-life but acknowledges and respects that the Roe decision is an established judicial precedent.”

Ken McKay, the state GOP chairman, also did not think Doherty had really changed his position.

“I know Brendan Doherty. I know he’s pro-life and I’m proud to be in a party with him,” McKay said. “He’s a law enforcement guy. He follows the law. … As a law enforcement guy he was trying to be as clear as possible.”

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Comments:

Nick Patriarca

not much of a termed contradiction . from "personally pro life " to " i am pro life " .
more of a clarification, i agree . and, costas opinion ? wow .

TOM LETOURNEAU

I think we are splitting hairs here? The Colonel making the statement: "The decisions of the United States Supreme Court, including its rulings that abortion is legal".

So be it. If our courts, especially the Supreme Court make a decision/ruling that one does not agree with....in no way means that they made an illegal decision!

Therefore, Colonel Doherty stating what he had said as to that law, by also stating that he was Pro-Life was correct in that he made it perfectly clear that we have a LEGAL ruling, that he does not agree with...but the ruling is, under the law -"LEGAL" - whether we like it or not!

The key issue here, with those that like to Nit-Pick and play word games is that the Colonel is PRO-LIFE... and while he may not agree with the rulings of the Supreme Court, on this issue, the ruling, until such time as it gets changed, is Legal!

What part of that do not understand?

As old Clara Peller of Wendy's hamburger commercial fame used to say:

"WHERE'S THE BEEF?"

jack flash

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His original stance was the typical 2-sided politician answer. Give me a break. If you are Pro-Life you clearly state it and don't sugar coat it with lines like "I support the decisions of the US Supreme Court." Give me a break. Pro-lifers clearly see through this. This is what happens when you take a democrat and try to make him APPEAR to be a republican. Rhode Island has had enough of this. Frank Capiro II.

Scott Dickerson

As a PRO LIFE person I am very concerned about this issue. I have seen this 2-sided answer on many occasions. After studying Doherty's issues page I have more concerns with everything from his stance on gun control, to public sector unions. I am not jumping on the Doherty bandwagon.

jkl the 2nd

Doreen Costa ROLMFAO

Roland Lavallee

I'm with Doreen Costa in that I was kind of troubled to hear he was pro-choice even on the legal level. The law is very, very clear (although it supports murder in this case) on this matter as I and others certainly obey the law but my pro-life stance trumps any law.

I answer to a higher power.

Brendan Doherty is an honorable and respectable man.

Let's wait to see why he changed his official stance.

Brian Buongiovanni

Only in RI can "Personally I am pro-life" and "I am pro-life" be tagged as a flip-flop. Never a dull moment!

johnny jones

Typical Doherty-talking out of both sides of his mouth to try and pander to as many voters as he can.

And while he doesn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of winning the congressional election, he would lower his chances even more if he aligned himself with that tea party freak Doreen Costa.

Roland Lavallee

Mmm, tea party freed Doreen Costa?

Did you read the article or are you just commenting out of habit?

Doreen doesn't have a vote in the matter as she is not in District 1.

So, apparently, GoLocal believes she is clearly a leader in this state and her thoughts certainly matter in a big way that appeals to the masses.

Todd B

Doherty will have no chance of winning the GOP primary if he doesn't begin to articulate clear positions on the issues. In order for voters to determine if Doherty is pro-life, he needs to answer the following questions:

1. Does he support a Constitutional amendment to protect life?

2. Does he support or oppose the Mexico City Policy?

3. Would he have voted to end taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood if he were serving in the House this year?

The answers to those questions will determine whether or not Doherty is pro-life or pro-abortion. You can't be "pro-life" AND support the Supreme Court's ruling in Roe v. Wade anymore that a Civil War era politician could be anti-slavery and support the Supreme Court's decision in Dred Scott. They're mutually exclusive.

Since announcing Doherty has quickly gotten a reputation among active Republicans as someone that is less than a straight shooter on key issues: abortion, Obamacare, etc.

Voters won't forgive dishonesty. David Cicilline found this out the hard way. Doherty better get his act together quickly before his candidacy is dead before it even begins.

Michael Gardiner

Ken McKay, the state GOP chairman, also did not think Doherty had really changed his position.

“I know Brendan Doherty. I know he’s pro-life and I’m proud to be in a party with him,” McKay said. “He’s a law enforcement guy. He follows the law. … As a law enforcement guy he was trying to be as clear as possible.”

Well said.

Lizzie Dodge

This is such obvious bandering to R primary voters. For a guy running on ethics he seems to shift positions a lot.

guy smily

I am disturbed that someone would use this as an opportunity to attack Rep Costa. This clearly shows there is an agenda going on. Doherty has not been clear on key issues and should be better prepared to address them. You can't play both sides of the fence. The debates will tell all.

johnny jones

Brendan Doherty and Doreen Costa-nothing more than two peas in a pod-a couple of tea party idiots whose 15 minutes of fame are just about over. Good riddance to both of them.

Todd B

"As a law enforcement guy he was trying to be as clear as possible". Hmm, so Doherty is trying "to be as clear as possible" by giving unclear answers about his positions?!?!

I have to agree with Guy Smily and Scott Dickerson. Doherty has been anything but clear about his positions. Doherty's handlers are eventually going to provide him with clearer answers that he can give to questions on abortion, healthcare reform, union issues, etc.

Doherty is beginning to look more like John Kerry--he looked good in a uniform, but his "I voted for it before I voted against it" statements make him appear like he stands for nothing.

Robert Carlin

Brian Buongiovanni, shouldn't you have disclosed that you work for the Doherty campaign?

Todd B

If Brian Buongiovanni works for Doherty, maybe he could answer whether his boss supports a Constitutional amendment to protect life and give some us some indication of Doherty's position on the Mexico City policy and federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

Also, has Doherty figured out whether he supports or opposes Obamacare yet?

Brian?

Catherine Puleo

Let's get real... it is a GREAT thing when people become MORE PRO-LIFE. Do you WANT TO DEFEAT CICILLINE OR NOT? Doherty can get crossover votes... not a luxury ... A REQUIREMENT TO WIN IN RI! Doherty should be COMMENDED for putting out a more pro-life position; thus drawing a conrast between himself and Cicilline. All good... raise money, Brendan and get the people of District One some representation. Put an end to the Democrat controlled state once and for all. By the way, if Carcieri doesn't run against Whitehouse, District One is the ONLY chance to rid this state of a Democrat.
I am for the REPUBLICAN who can defeat Cicilline. I hear Segal is tossing his hat into the ring so maybe the Dems are sniffing the blodd in the water.

Catherine Puleo

One further point: Doherty had a career in law enforcement... without question his initial response was derivative of the fact that he has to UPHOLD the law of land whether he agrees with it or not!

Catherine Puleo

We should always CELEBRATE people becoming stronger in affirming their pro-life position! This is a good thing and in stark contrast to Cong. Cicilline. If you want to defeat Cicilline, quit the in-fighting and get on to the business of getting the strongest candidate who can WIN CROSSOVER VOTES (not a luxury, a requirement in a blue state like RI). I am for WHOEVER cand defeat Cicilline.
He is a disgrace to this state.

jack flash

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JOHN LOUGHLIN IS THE REPUBLICAN TO WIN THIS RACE. There was no need for Doherty to come out and enter this race. Most candidates never win their first time out. Loughlin came within 5% of beating Cicilline before the truth about Providence came out. It is very clear that Mr. Doherty is on a self-serving mission. Not only is he ill-prepared to run for office, he announced way too early, which just so happened to be the week Loughlin was leaving. So much for party unity. Of course, republicans had to find out he voted in democrat primaries through the media. What a great supporter you turned out to be Ms. Puleo. One year you are photographed holding a Loughlin sign and now you will be photographed holding a Doherty sign, while Loughlin is in IRAQ. Perhaps you should go back to holding democrat signs and taking photos with your real heroes who have destroyed RI.

jack flash

JOHN LOUGHLIN IS THE REPUBLICAN TO WIN THIS RACE. There was no need for Doherty to come out and enter this race. Most candidates never win their first time out. Loughlin came within 5% of beating Cicilline before the truth about Providence came out. It is very clear that Mr. Doherty is on a self-serving mission. Not only is he ill-prepared to run for office, he announced way too early, which just so happened to be the week Loughlin was leaving. So much for party unity. Of course, republicans had to find out he voted in democrat primaries through the media. What a great supporter you turned out to be Ms. Puleo. One year you are photographed holding a Loughlin sign and now you will be photographed holding a Doherty sign, while Loughlin is in IRAQ. Perhaps you should go back to holding democrat signs and taking photos with your real heroes who have destroyed RI.

jack flash

JOHN LOUGHLIN IS THE REPUBLICAN TO WIN THIS RACE. There was no need for Doherty to come out and enter this race. Most candidates never win their first time out. Loughlin came within 5% of beating Cicilline before the truth about Providence came out. It is very clear that Mr. Doherty is on a self-serving mission. Not only is he ill-prepared to run for office, he announced way too early, which just so happened to be the week Loughlin was leaving. So much for party unity.

Brian Buongiovanni

Carlin, I am not a spokesman for Col. Doherty, he speaks for himself. Please feel free to submit your questions through his campaign website at http://www.dohertyforcongress.com/

Also, I do not "work" for Col. Doherty as I am not paid. I volunteer for him.

Have a great day!

jack flash

JOHN LOUGHLIN IS THE REPUBLICAN TO WIN THIS RACE. There was no need for Doherty to enter this race. Most candidates don't win their first time out. Loughlin came within 5% of beating Cicilline before the truth about Providence came out. Doherty, who in the past was content to vote as a democrat is not concerned about Republicans or their party. He is on a self-serving mission. Not only is he ill-prepared, he announced way too early which just so happened to be the week Loughlin was leaving. So much for party unity.

Todd B

Catherine, the only general election poll taken thus far shows John Loughlin and Brendan Doherty faring equally as well against Cicilline in the general election. In fact, there were fewer undecided voters in the Loughlin/Cicilline matchup than the Doherty/Cicilline matchup! So it's obvious anyone paying attention that either Loughlin or Doherty would beat Cicilline and Loughlin nearly did so when Cicilline was still the very popular mayor of Providence. So objective data makes it obvious that there are multiple answers to the question of "which Republican can defeat Cicilline"--and if you believe the polls, Loughlin appears to be the stronger candidate based on the lower number of undecideds.

But I still have yet to get answer to my question on whether or not Doherty supports

1. Obamacare;
2. A Constitutional amendment to protect life;
3. The Mexico City Policy;
4. Federal funding for Planned Parenthood;

It would also be nice to know his position on union issues such as card check.

Can you provide me with this information???? There are Doherty campaign people reading this blog, but it seems they just want me to blindly support their candidate without telling me where Doherty stands on ANYTHING!

Todd B

Catherine, the only general election poll numbers (Channel 12) show John Loughlin and Brendan Doherty trouncing Cicilline. In fact, there are fewer undecideds in the Loughlin/Cicilline numbers than the Doherty/Cicilline numbers, meaning that Loughlin may actually be the stronger candidate against Cicilline.

But I'm still perplexed. Doherty's backers want me to support him, but they refuse to tell me what I'd be supporting. I know that some members of Doherty's campaign read this blog, so can someone, ANYONE, answer the following basic questions for me-

1. Does Doherty support or oppose Obamacare?
2. Does Doherty support a Constitutional amendment to protect life?
3. Does Doherty support or oppose card check?
4. Does Doherty support or oppose the Mexico City Policy?
5. Does Doherty support or oppose federal funding for Planned Parenthood?

And please don't respond by insulting my intelligence and telling me that I should support Doherty if you can't answer my questions about what policies Doherty supports.

Todd B

Catherine, John Loughlin polls just as well against Cicilline as Doherty does. But could you (or someone from Doherty's campaign) please answer my questions in Comment #10?

How can anyone support Doherty if they don't know what he believes?

Robert Carlin

Catherine, If you want infighting then you don't run against another Republican. I get a kick out of people who decide to primary someone and complain that there is contention. (Shaking my head)

Charles Drago

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Uncommon integrity?

No.

Uncommon definition of "integrity"?

Absolutely.

Brendan Doherty includes in his definition of "integrity" the "willingness to assume any public position in order to enhance one's self-interest, regardless of truth or consequences."

Brendan Doherty is the latest in a long, long, long line of political hacks who will say or do whatever they think it takes to get elected.

"In it to win it" is only half of Brendan Doherty's campaign theme.

The full monty:

"Brendan Doherty: In It to Win It -- No Matter What I Have to Say or Do"

Remind you of anyone?

Hint:

Brendan Doherty and David Cicilline -- peas in a pod.

Winston Smith

in his latest clarifcation he said "let me make this clear to all, I am .....ooops,I'm late for a dinner engagement with my wife... gotta go!"




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