RI Democrats’ Gooding Fires Back at Women’s Caucus Over Claims of Being “Kicked-Out”
Saturday, December 16, 2017
On Thursday, Justine Caldwell tweeted a picture of the women at the Democratic headquarters, "Women's Caucus Nominating Comm kicked out of party HQ by ED after questioning our integrity (we had 2 Senators @gaylegoldin @SenatorCalkin!) See Tweet BELOW
Statement from Party
Ann Gooding released the following statement:
“As the communications director and the person tasked with launching the Women's Caucus in the aftermath of the 2016 Presidential elections, I know this party has been deeply committed to doing whatever it can to engage women – and men – in becoming voters, party activists, and candidates. And as a lifelong Democrat who has personally been involved in advocating for equality and inclusivity for women’s rights for decades, I thought the actions of the nominating committee in asking me to leave the meeting and not allow any other staffer to attend were wrong. In fact, early this morning I received a note of apology from one of the organizers, and I appreciate that.
“The purpose of that meeting was to interview candidates for board positions in the new year. The Democratic Party remains steadfast in believing the process should be open, fair and transparent. It’s our responsibility to ensure that our party – in all its caucuses – remains that way."
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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