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Double Standard for Doherty, Providence City Council

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Rhode Island, it’s been an interesting week. From Brendan Doherty to the Providence City Council, sometimes you just have to scratch your head about things that happen in our state.

On the latest Side of the Rhode, we read that Brendan Doherty, the former head of the state police, was hot while a Republican primary was not. I wonder if we’ll read that a Democrat primary in any upcoming race is not hot. I doubt it, and it just goes to show how much further the GOP must go towards relevancy within the state. When the party has a primary and pundits believe this normal intraparty election is not a good thing, you have work to do.

A Doherty-Loughlin showdown seems imminent and it appears from Doherty’s voting record he isn’t a rank-and-file Republican. If he voted in Democratic primaries previously, then he has probably identified with Democrats in the past. With that in mind, one could argue for or against his upcoming campaign.

Is Doherty a true Republican?

First, one could say Doherty is not a true Republican. No true Republican would vote in a Democratic primary ever. While this may be a nice truism amongst hard line Republicans in the state – all three of us – I doubt you’ll find many non-politician citizens who have voted exclusively in the Republican primary. Here’s something else, I would not be surprised if we find out, gasp!, that Doherty has contributed to a Democrat in the past several years.

But second, these are the types of candidates we’ll find as Republicans reach out to average citizens to step up and stand for elective office. I don’t see this as bad in the least. We have more independents in the state than Democrats and Republicans combined. No one should find it strange that Doherty voted in a Democratic primary or possibly contributed to a Democratic campaign. Come 2012, this could be seen by some as a positive.

Providence City Council gets a pass

While Doherty is facing the microscope, one group of legislators have been given a pass, the incumbent Providence City Councilors who were “present,” and I use that term loosely, during the Cicilline years. We’ve read their statements over the last several weeks calling for investigations into the former mayor, discussing the possibility of cutting his pension, and to a man jumping off the Cicilline ship as swiftly as possible.

My question: have you guys looked into the mirror lately? If you’re telling me that Providence laws allowed Cicilline to allegedly dip into the rainy day fund without City Council explicit approval, then the city has more issues than the fact Cicilline weaseled his way out of Providence City Hall.

I don’t buy it.

And if it’s legally possible, I have serious concerns about the jurisprudence of the incumbent councilors.
What’s more, while Mayor Tavares is on a budget cleaning rampage, what’s to stop him or future mayors from taking Cicilline-like actions? The City Council needs to spend more time fixing the loophole and closing its budget gap than going after the former mayor. In 2012, voters are going to give their rebuttal to Cicilline. My hope is they boot him out but I also hope they don’t forget who was also riding in the car while he brought the city to its financial knees.

In all, non-politicos like Doherty entering the fray with a gaffe or two should not be judged as harshly as incumbents who should have known what was going on in their city. But per usual in Rhode Island, things never happen as you’d think.

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Brendan Doherty's "independence" is not in and of itself a negative.

But when Doherty comes to us and, with a straight face, asks us to buy the story line that he is not a politician -- let alone a "politician-as-usual" -- he emerges as just that.

Doherty made a cynical POLITICAL decision to announce as a Republican.

Doherty also is not telling the truth when he recites the fable of his resignation on principle from the State Police.

The entire Chafee confrontation/resignation story is nothing more or less than a POLITICAL charade -- one designed to support the long-agreed upon "uncommon integrity" trademark.

It was a set-up, gentle readers.

It is all but a certainty that Brendan Doherty did not speak the truth to us from the very day he announced his candidacy.

If that's the kind of congressman we want from the 1st District, why change anything?

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

Comment #1 by Charles Drago on 2011 05 18

comparing dougherty with cicilline is absurd . dougherty is a well respected formr professionally respected law enforcement adminstrator . cicilline is an intentionally deceptive, compulsive lying , self promoting criminal

Comment #2 by Nick Patriarca on 2011 05 18


I do not suggest that David Cicilline and Brendan Doherty lead parallel lives.

Rather, I do suggest that Brendan Doherty utilized deception, misdirection, and at least one false statement when he launched his campaign.

Deception: Doherty's "I resigned from the State Police on principle" charade.

Misdirection: Doherty's "I am not a politician" stance.

False statement: Doherty "can't remember" for whom he cast his vote for president in the 2008 Democratic -- that's DEMOCRATIC -- Primary.

In other words, he came out of the box attempting to deceive us.

If that's the kind of congressman we want in the RI 1st, why not just stick with the master liar we already have?

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

Comment #3 by Charles Drago on 2011 05 18


Don your a smart man so open your eyes! The same people in the Republican party who backed Frank Caprio are in the Doherty camp. Doherty was just the main speaker at an event last Saturday night for Joanne Giannini. In the audience, a who's who of Dems who announced Doherty as “The man who is going to beat Cicilline,” to a rousing applause....people like the Caprio's, Dominic Rugerio, Constantino, Dan Connors, and the union leaders. Who is the Treaurer for the Doherty campaign, the same individual who runs fundraisers for Chafee! Doherty is either being taken advantage of, or simply surrounding himself with all the wrong people. So one should just look the other way and turn their back on John Loughlin? Is there no loyalty to a candidate or does one just jump on the newest bandwagon? Looks to me like the Dems and the Republican turncoats are trying to play both sides of the ticket.

Comment #4 by jack flash on 2011 05 18

Don, you're right. Doherty's decision to vote in a Democratic primary shouldn't determine his "Republicanism". But his positions on issue should.

Ed Fitzpatrick asked Doherty if he supported Obamacare. Doherty said he didn't know yet and would talk to his advisors about it. What type of Republican doesn't know if they support Obamacare?

Doherty gives the same "personally opposed to abortion but support Roe v. Wade" line that is the hallmark of Nancy Pelosi. And Pelosi is a strong supporter of partial birth abortion, federal funding of abortion and opposes a constitutional amendment to protect life.

Doherty also says that he thinks we should withdraw troops from Afghanistan, a position opposed by General Petraeaus and virtually all Republicans.

It's nice to say "cut Doherty some slack, he's a political novice", but he's a political novice running for a non-novice office. Congress is not a "starting job".

Comment #5 by T B on 2011 05 18


At a Democrat event last weekend at the Marriot in Providence, Doherty was the keynote speaker. His quote "My values are with the Democrats" even though I am running as a Republican."
I don't like being played. PERIOD

Comment #6 by guy smily on 2011 05 19

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