Pell’s Failed Voting Record Gets Worse
Saturday, February 22, 2014
According to information from Arizona Secretary of States Office and confirmed by the Pell campaign, Pell missed voting in three of the five elections he was eligible to vote in during the 2000 to 2002 election cycles.
Overall, Clay Pell has failed to vote in 10 of the 18 elections he has been eligible to vote in.
In addition, on Friday the Pell campaign corrected their previous data on Pell’s voting record. GoLocal had reported that Pell had failed to vote in the 2008, Democratic Presidential Primary. Pell did vote in that Presidential Primary, but failed to vote in 2000, 2004, and 2012 Presidential primaries.
Pell, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for Governor missed:
5 of 7 Democratic State Primaries (AZ, RI)
2 of 7 General Elections (AZ, RI)
3 of 4 Presidential Primaries (AZ, RI)
Pell was a registered voter in Arizona until 2003 and then changed his voting address to Newport, Rhode Island. Pell attended prep school in California, then attended Harvard and Georgetown Law. Pell graduated from law school in 2008.
Previously, the Pell campaign answered questions about the missed votes by telling GoLocal:
“He regrets missing these votes and makes no excuses for it. In 06 and 08 he made attempts to vote in general election through absentee ballots. We are not making excuses. He is overseas [at that time]. We don't know why those votes were not recorded. We contacted the board of elections this afternoon to inquire about their process. We were informed that absentee ballots received after an election are not recorded. Again, that is not an excuse. He takes responsibility for those votes not being recorded," according to Bill Fischer, spokesperson for the Pell campaign.
Since establishing residence in Rhode Island, Pell voted in 6 of 13 elections. The lack of participation raises serious questions for the millionaire Pell, who has already injected $1,000,000 of his own wealth into the campaign.
Pell was born in November 17, 1981 and has been eligible to vote in elections since 2000. Pell is married to Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan.
Related Slideshow: Is Clay Pell the Next Lincoln Chafee?
Privileged bloodlines, prestigious prep schools, lofty political ambitions. Is Clay Pell the next Lincoln Chafee?
Below is a look at the similarities -- and differences -- between Governor Lincoln Chafee and likely gubernatorial aspirant Clay Pell.
Family Legacy - Chafee
Lincoln Chafee is the son of John Chafee, the former Governor of Rhode Island, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of the Navy, who was a decorated WWII and Korean War Veteran, and posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Named in his honor include the USS Chafee (DDG-90), the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor and the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge.
Family Legacy - Pell
Grandfather Claiborne Pell was Rhode Island's longest serving Senator, having served six terms from 1961 to 1997, whose legacy includes the Pell Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A decorated coast guard lieutenant in WWII and foreign service officer, Pell's Rhode Island legacy includes the Newport Bridge being renamed the Claiborne Pell Bridge, as well as the Pell Center of International Relations and Public Policy established at Salve Regina University.
Money - Chafee
Both Chafees and Senator Pell had to disclose as members of the U.S. Senate personal financial information -- and both a considerable net worth.
The U.S. Senate is known as the U.S. Millionaires Club -- in 2005, while Chafee was still in the Senate, Open Secrets pegged Chafee's wealth at between $40 and $63 million dollars.
Money - Pell
The website Celebrity Net Worth puts wife Michelle Kwan's personal wealth at $8 million.
While Pell's first campaign finance report has yet to be made public, records show Pell gave Democratic challenger Gina Raimondo $250 during her bid for General Treasurer in 2010.
Education - Pell
Early Career -- Chafee
He was Warwick's mayor in 1992 until 1999, when he was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1999 when his father passed away while in office.
Wife - Chafee
Wife - Pell
A decorated Olympic figure skater and world champion, Michelle Kwan went on to pursue a career in public service, serving as an American Public Diplomacy Envoy as well as on the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports -- and was recently inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
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