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Governor Raimondo Changes Her Name to Gina

Monday, July 02, 2018

 

Governor Gina?

After more than seven-and-a-half years in elected office in Rhode Island as Governor or Treasurer Gina Raimondo, the campaign staff has begun to refer to Raimondo as Gina.

The first “Gina” reference came GoLocal’s way in a statement delivered by campaign spokeswoman Emily Samsel.

“Gina's a Democrat who gets things done and under her leadership, Rhode Islanders are getting ahead. People are back to work in record numbers, there are cranes in the sky, rising wages, over 1,500 kids going to CCRI tuition-free, we’re investing in renewable energy, fixing roads and bridges, fixing schools, protecting Dreamers and taking decisive action to prevent gun violence,” according to the statement provided GoLocal on June 27.

“Gina thrives under the pressure and expectations that come with being one of only two female Democratic Governors in the country. A lifelong Rhode Islander, she saw firsthand that good things happen when hardworking students have access to the training and education needed to compete in today’s economy — that's why education and job training are top priorities in her administration, and why she continues to work her heart out to make sure our economic recovery reaches every single Rhode Islander," said Samsel.

GoLocal reviewed 50 previous Governor’s office press releases, statement and campaign releases — this was the first time, Raimondo was referred to by her first name.

Why the change of name?

It may be due to Raimondo’s lackluster poll results.

According to another poll conducted in Rhode Island by Public Policy Polling on behalf of the Sierra Club, Rhode Islanders continue to believe that state is going in the wrong direction.

“Generally speaking, would you say things in Rhode Island are heading in the right direction, or are they off on the wrong track?

Headed in the right direction 39%.

Off on the wrong track 52%

Not sure 9%”

While Rhode Islanders may believe Governor Raimondo is taking Rhode Island is the wrong direction, maybe Gina can turn the state around?

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version was not clear that Raimondo served as four years as Treasurer prior to being elected Governor in 2014.
 

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