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NEW: Loughlin Will Not Challenge Cicilline for Congress

Friday, April 04, 2014


Former Republican State Rep John Loughlin has announced that he will not be running for the District 1 Congress seat currently held by David Cicilline.

Friday, in a Facebook post, Loughlin made the following comments:

After a week of research, thought and reflection, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for office in 2014. Along with a group of friends and advisors I analyzed my potential entry into the first Congressional District race using three specific metrics. The first was support. In this category, I received a humbling and extensive outpouring of support from friends, family and former political supporters, encouraging me to run once again for Congress. For this, I am truly grateful and I thank each of you. The second metric was my ability to raise the funds needed for a competitive race. In 2010, I was outspent by a ratio of three to one. I was attacked over the airwaves repeatedly without the financial resources to respond effectively. I 2010, it took me nearly a year to raise 800K, there is simply not enough time left to raise the money needed to wage a successful campaign. Lastly I conducted analysis of how my message of growing our economy through fiscal conservatism would resonate in Rhode Island One. I believe this message would be well received, but without the resources to communicate that message effectively, I believe it would not result in appositive outcome. I again thank each of you for your messages of support and encouragement, they meant a great deal to me. 


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Very disappointing. Frankly, I think Mr. Loughlin should have completed his research before he raised 1st District voters hopes about challenging Congressman Cicilline. Many of us in the district would love to have a viable choice to the ethically challenged Cicilline.
Unfortunately,that doesn't appear to be the case this year.

Comment #1 by Walter Miller on 2014 04 04

Don't worry. The feds are set to take him out.

For the precise reasons Anthony Gemma ALONE said they should.

Comment #2 by Charles Drago on 2014 04 05

With the boundary tweeking that the 1st district received, it would be tough for a republican to win. In a district flush with union hacks, poor people and minorities, even the Pope couldn't get elected if he ran as a republican.

Comment #3 by David Beagle on 2014 04 05

John Loughlin? Brendan Doherty? They're both disasters and incompetents.

Comment #4 by mark summers on 2014 04 07

Hopefully Cicilline will get investigated by the feds for the Providence Economic Development Partnership loans before the election...

Comment #5 by Art West on 2014 04 08

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