NEW: Fung As Councilman Voted for Gun Limits, Costa Reacts
Saturday, February 08, 2014
Republican State Representative Doreen Costa of North Kingstown learned of the Fung votes today, "I was shocked -- I didn't see this coming at all, I'm still learning about it, reading the resolution. No matter what side of the aisle you're on, there are both Republicans and Democrats that support the 2nd amendment. You're either pro or anti second amendment, there's no in between.
GOP and Gun Ownership
As recently as October of 2013, the GOP organized a 2nd Amendment Celebration in West Greenwich. At that event, the GOP announced it would auction off an assault rifle. That fundraising effort came under criticism by many including, GoLocal's MINDSETTER™ Russ Moore, who wrote at the time, "Just when you think you’ve seen everything, in steps the RI-GOP to teach you a lesson. The lesson, of course, is just what not to do if you want to be relevant. Give them credit, just when you think things can’t get any worse for the GOP, (they only hold 10 seats in the state legislature, Democrats hold 101), the GOP steps forward with yet another bonehead maneuver."
NOTE: Moore is a Democrat.
According to Cranston City records, Fung was the 2004 legislation's author.
“RESOLUTION IMPLORING GUN STORES IN CRANSTON NOT TO SELL ASSAULT WEAPONS”
On motion by Councilman Fung seconded by Councilman Lanni, it was voted to amend the above Resolution as follows: last paragraph, after the words “City Council”, delete remainder of paragraph in its entirety and add “requests the Rhode Island Congressional Delegation to urge reauthorization of the Violent Crime Control and Enforcement Act of 1994.” Motion passed on a vote of 8-0. The following being recorded as voting “aye”: Councilmen Fung, Jackvony, Councilwoman O’Hara, Council Member Fogarty, Councilwoman McFarland, Councilmen Ferolito, Lanni and McDonough -8.
On motion by Councilman McDonough, seconded by Councilman Lanni, the above Resolution was adopted as amended on a vote of 7-1. The following being recorded as voting “aye”: Councilmen Fung, Jackvony, Councilwoman O’Hara, Council Member Fogarty, Councilwoman McFarland, Councilmen Lanni and McDonough -7. The following being recorded as voting “nay”: Councilman Ferolito -1.
The second piece of legislation supported fire arm restriction at the statewide level. Fung voted for the effort, but was not the primary sponsor.
"My personal thoughts -- now, I adore Allan, I think this should have been brought out sooner. Speaking for me -- this isn't something I'm happy about hearing," said Costa.
Efforts to reach the Fung campaign went unanswered.
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10) Can Fung raise the money necessary to be competitive?
At the last reporting period, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung's campaign had only $336,000.
Ken Block had $540,000 and he just entered the race.
Democrat Gina Raimondo has over $2.3 million and even Angel Taveras has $759,000 cash on hand.
9) Is Fung ready for prime time?
Fung is well-liked in Cranston and most everyone thinks Fung is a "nice guy."
Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras can claim they took on tough issues.
Ken Block articulates big ideas and a proven record in business, but out of the gate Fung's campaign seems less than ready.
Fung's campaign manager got confused about how many Democrats Fung has donated to and his motivation for donating to them.
Would another four years in Cranston be the wiser path?
8) Can Fung effectively run against Angel Taveras?
Fung claims Providence Mayor Angel Taveras as a close friend, but it raises questions about inherent personal conflicts and ability to run and effective race.
Politics in Rhode Island is often a blood sport, will Fung approve that knockout punch TV spot in the closing weeks that tags Taveras for the spiraling crime problem in Providence?
7) Is Fung's base big enough?
For Mayor Fung, his base is Cranston, but he does not enjoy a groundswell of Hispanic voters like Providence Mayor Angel Taveras hopes to bank on (7% of the voters were Hispanic in the General Election in 2012, according to Pew Research).
A race against Raimondo would be tough as she would very likely have a strong block of female voters.
Where does Fung get his votes?
6) Can Fung defend the tax increases in Cranston?
When Fung runs as a Republican against a Democrat, there is an advantage if Fung can point out a differentiation of fiscal discipline. Fung, as Mayor, had numerous and significant residential and commercial tax increases.
This will not help him against the fiscally prudent Ken Block, but even if he were to win the primary then he would lose the advantage against Angel Taveras in a General Election. Both have ushered large tax increases through their councils.
5) Why pledge to create "20,000 jobs"? It sounds like Don Carcieri.
Don't know if Fung was paying attention, but GOP Governor Don Carcieri ran on...creating 20,000 new jobs.
When Carcieri left office, Rhode Island had the worst unemployment in America. Not sure Fung wants to mirror that Carcieri pledge.
4) Defending Don Carcieri and making him a part of the campaign - is that a good idea?
The collapse of 38 Studios has scarred Don Carcieri's legacy as Governor of Rhode Island. At best, Carcieri was star struck to give a baseball player $75 million -- at worse, Carcieri was part of something far more ominous.
For Fung, who wants to run as the future of Rhode Island, why be associated with Don Carcieri?
3) Defending the lobbyist role?
In 2014, do we think Rhode Islanders will be looking for a former lobbyist for a large corporation that is cutting Rhode Islander's jobs to be our next Governor?
Lobbyist-turned-Governor will be tougher to pull off than actor Ronald Reagan-turned-Governor of California in the 1960's.
2) Understand the changing position on gay marriage?
Hard to know what Allan Fung's position is on gay marriage. At different times he offered a range of views.
Some GOP primary voters have been opposed to the RI law and others were supportive, but neither segment of the GOP may understand what his position was -- or is.
1) Political donations to local, federal and national Democrats - are you sure you are a Republican?
Fung has given to David Cicilline, US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, former RI Senate President Bill Irons and once RI Attorney General Patrick Lynch. Fung's campaign manager claims he was a lobbyist and needed to donate to Democratic leaders. Cicilline, Reid and Lynch meet none of those criteria.
Not only did Fung give thousands of his own dollars to Dems, he turned down requests from leading GOP candidates like John Robitalle and Jon Loughlin who were badly outspent and needed every dollar to win.
The Republican party in Rhode Island is a pretty small group trying to create a pretty big tent - from Scott Avedisian to Doreen Costa. For most Republicans in this state it is tough -- you don't enjoy the political connections and you're part of a tiny minority -- so loyalty matters.
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