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PowerPlayer: Congressman David Cicilline

Monday, September 12, 2011

 

GoLocalProv’s latest PowerPlayer is David Cicilline. The first-term Congressman from the 1st Congressional District was kind enough to tell us what his first year in office has been like and about how the work he is doing in Washington is affecting everyday Rhode Islanders.

1) Being the Chief Executive of a city and a legislator are two completely different jobs. You clearly like both, but is there one you like better?

They are both great jobs. Whether you are a Chief Executive of a city or a legislator, you work for the people who elect you -- you are a public servant, and your top priority is to address the needs of the people you serve. For me the greatest difference between being a Mayor and a legislator is that as Mayor, you're able to make decisions that have a direct and immediate impact on people’s lives and you can see the results more quickly. As a legislator, action requires the participation of many more people and it often takes longer to see the impact of what you are doing.

2) The public perception is that Washington can't get anything done. What is the single biggest factor holding back our country?

During the last eight months I have held neighborhood suppers, teletown halls, met with main street small businesses, and toured manufacturing facilities so that I can bring the concerns and priorities of the First District in Rhode Island to Congress. But intense political partisanship is preventing Washington from doing the work Rhode Islanders and the American people need it to do in order to get our economy moving again and to get people back to work. I was elected to Congress with an understanding that the two parties have significant policy differences and often struggle to reach compromise, but it has become very clear to me that extreme ideology and an unwillingness to compromise has made it difficult to get things done.

Despite this, I am strongly committed, even in the face of significant resistance, to finding bipartisan solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing our state and our nation: putting Rhode Islanders back to work, reducing our deficit, and rebuilding our economy. One of my primary focuses in Congress has been my Make it in America Block Grant legislation which would help retool our area manufacturers and help them adapt to compete in the new economy--a high tech, alternative energy economy-- and the entire Make it in America agenda that focuses on rebuilding our manufacturing sector.

3) Take us through a day in your life.

I arrive in my office in the Cannon House Office Building early in the morning where I read the Rhode Island and national news, speak with staff in my District Office in Pawtucket, and then meet with my DC staff to review the legislative agenda for the day. In between votes on the House floor, committee meetings for Small Business, Foreign Affairs, and Steering and Policy Committees, I meet with constituents, civic and business leaders, school children and families from our state, and individuals with expertise in a particular area or advocates on a particular issue. After session concludes, I generally participate in a variety of evening events and then usually get home around 10 pm, and then I begin reading my briefing materials for the following day's business.

During a typical week, the Congressional schedule allows me to be in Rhode Island from Thursday or Friday evening through Monday evening. When I'm home, I am out in the District meeting with local businesses owners, seniors, holding neighborhood suppers, conducting Main Street tours, and meeting with constituents to hear directly from them and to report on what I am working on in Washington. I am also, of course, meeting with staff when I am home.

By the way, this Friday, September 16th, I am opening a satellite office at Newport City Hall and then holding a Neighborhood Supper from 5-7 p.m. at the Thompson Middle School at 39 Broadway in Newport. I hope to see you there!

4) What has been most surprising about Washington?

How bitterly divided and partisan the Congress is, and the failure of so many of my colleagues to understand what is really happening to people in this country and the crushing impact of this recession on so many in our country.

5) We hear you love to spend time listening to your colleagues debate on the House floor. Why do you love it so much?

It’s not so much that I love listening to them, but I really believe that through thoughtful and serious debate, we can find the best solutions to the serious challenges facing our country today. Listening to my colleagues in both parties on the House floor provides me with a better understanding of the issues and provides me with information regarding their perspectives.

6) Tell us something nobody knows about you.

I eat candy as if it is about to be banned by the GOP.

Quick Hitters:

Role Model: My Grandfather

Favorite Restaurant: New Rivers

Best Beach: Gooseberry Beach, Newport

Best Book You've Read In The Last Year: Too Big to Fail

Advice For The Next David Cicilline: Always do what you believe is right even if it is unpopular, and fight hard to do good things. America needs you.


 

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Comments:

The congressman will be gone in Nov. 2012.

Comment #1 by Mark D on 2011 09 12

READY..AIM..FIRE
CALLING TEAM DRAGO

Comment #2 by Buc Kner on 2011 09 12

what a horrible mayor of providence he was, join my facebook group dump cicilline 2012

http://www.facebook.com/groups/dumpcicilline2012/ .

Comment #3 by anthony sionni on 2011 09 12

Where's Rep. Cicilline's favorite cyber-stalker?

Comment #4 by Jonathan Flynn on 2011 09 12

Na Na Na Na, Hey Hey Hey, Good-bye!

Comment #5 by Michael Trenn on 2011 09 12

Cyberstalker, Flynn? You say Cyberstalking, We say Freedom of Speech. I guess one can't expect any better from a party that calls people racists, who merely disagree with the current President on policy matters.

Comment #6 by Michael Trenn on 2011 09 12

Freedom to bloviate. Freedom to spew vileness. Freedom to ignore facts. By the way, I am not a party. I am an individual.

Comment #7 by Jonathan Flynn on 2011 09 13

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If David Cicilline were capable of telling the truth, and if GoLocalProv had even a minimal appreciation for irony, here’s how the former would answer the questions and the latter would preface them:

GoLocalProv’s latest PowerLiar is David Cicilline. The first-term Congressman from the 1st Congressional District was condescending and manipulative enough to tell us nothing about what his first year in office has been like and about how the work he is doing in Washington is affecting everyday Rhode Islanders. Instead, he treated us and his constituents with the brand of contempt usually associated with political despots applying the whip to the downtrodden.


1) Being the Chief Executive of a city and a legislator are two completely different jobs. You clearly like both, but is there one you like better?

They are both jobs that have allowed me to take everything, give nothing, and lie about it. The electorate is my servant, not the other way around. And if you know what’s good for you, don’t get it wrong again! Do you know who my father is? My top priority is to get the people to address my needs. Another priority: Setting up my re-election by blaming everyone else in Washington for my incompetence.

Remember “I’m leaving Providence in great financial shape”? “I’m proud of what I’ve done with Providence public schools”? I drove Providence to the brink of bankruptcy and turned its public schools into the worst-performing district in America. AND I GOT ELECTED BECAUSE OF IT! Remember who you’re messing with, GoLocalProv!


2) The public perception is that Washington can't get anything done. What is the single biggest factor holding back our country?

Incompetent, venal, dishonorable elected officials – just like me. But here’s how I’m going to win re-election even in the face of having done nothing for the people and everything for myself: I’m going to repeat ad nauseam, “Intense political partisanship is preventing Washington from doing the work Rhode Islanders and the American people need it to do in order to get our economy moving again and to get people back to work. It has become very clear to me that extreme ideology and an unwillingness to compromise has made it difficult to get things done.”

In other words, “they” are stopping me from doing my job! “They” are very bad, but I am very good. My failures are the fault of everyone else but me! Re-elect me because I failed!

The people you call voters and I call rubes will buy it in droves!


3) Take us through a day in your life.

I wake up, screw up, tell a lie or three. I get absolutely nothing accomplished in Congress, then blame my failures on everyone up to and including Mao Tse Tung. I make special efforts to scare the beejezus out of old people, because getting over on those stale prune danishes means I win again. And if spaghetti and meatball dinners won’t keep turning the wheel, I’m going into the senior centers with brandy snifters full of Viagra. That should be a hard act to follow! Get it? HARD act ... Viagra ... I’m bunching up phlegm here!


4) What has been most surprising about Washington?

How at home I feel among incompetents and serial liars. And speaking of the latter, I’m telling everyone who listens that I was SHOCKED to discover that partisan divides have gridlocked Washington! “Gambling in Casablanca” ... I freakin’ LOVE it! I’m already off the hook for destroying Providence!


5) We hear you love to spend time listening to your colleagues debate on the House floor. Why do you love it so much?

It passes the time. What the hell else do I have to do between telling lies at lunch and telling lies at dinner?


6) Tell us something nobody knows about you.

I actually told the truth once. I was only five, so give me a break! It never happened again.


Quick Hitters:

Role Model: Eugene McCarthy and George W. Bush.

Favorite Restaurant: Any restaurant in Providence that I claim to have helped succeed but in fact never lifted a finger for. You know ... all of them.

Best Beach: I understand that one in Omaha is very historic.

Best Book You've Read In The Last Year: Right! Why not ask me the name of the most attractive woman I had sex with last year?

Advice For The Next David Cicilline: The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it. One of my political mentors taught me that one. Also, treat the electorate with utter contempt and they’ll come to you on all fours, begging for more. Never do what you believe is right – even if, God forbid, you have the faintest clue about the difference between right and wrong. Claim to be “fighting,” but never forget that it’s better to live groveling on your knees than die standing on your feet. America needs you like Afghanistan needs another mullah.

Comment #8 by Charles Drago on 2011 09 14

Chuckie Baby has a new career, sit down comedy. Have the Roast Beef. He's here all week.

Comment #9 by Jonathan Flynn on 2011 09 14

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Beats the hell out of Cicilline's Stand-Up Tragedy routines.

Comment #10 by Charles Drago on 2011 09 14

Don't flatter yourself. It's unbecoming. As for your parody, not particularly clever and fully anticipated. Especially the shrill,condescending "unfunniness." I hear from your comrades we can make up words on this site.

Comment #11 by Jonathan Flynn on 2011 09 14

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Jonny,

If I were of Cicilline's sexual orientation, I'd ask you to dinner. You hang on my every word even as you address none of them. You seem intent in shooting this messenger, which leads me and every other serious observer to conclude that you lurk with a hidden agenda.

And when one looks up "lurker" in the F&W, one reads your name.

Along with Buc Kner, lOUIS PRIMA, and any number of lurker comrades who clearly are DUTY-bound to attack me while assiduously avoiding commentary on my message.

Is it love, or is it work?

As for engaging me in games of literary wits, you continue to bring a butter knife to a gunfight.

Love to David,

Charles

Comment #12 by Charles Drago on 2011 09 14

I'm glad you got the subjunctive right in the first sentence. So many knuckle draggers would have messed that one up. There are very few "serious observers" who post here from your side. I have no agenda, hidden or otherwise, to lurk behind. I simply think that haters and listeners to rant radio that have taken to this medium to spew nonsense should be challenged when they make idiotic or malinformed remarks. That would include you most of the time. To close, with a few days to work on it, I thought you would have come up with something better. You remind me of the comic strip Nancy. I read it everyday in the hopes it would one day be funny. Alas, it never was.

Comment #13 by Jonathan Flynn on 2011 09 14

As for not commenting on your "message", I did. You didn't have anything serious to say, you had a laboriously lame comedy bit. I said it wasn't funny. Checkmate.

Comment #14 by Jonathan Flynn on 2011 09 14

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"Checkmate?" Only of onanism is your game.

"Dinner For One Please, James" -- try the J.J. Johnson version with Robert Farnon's orchestra. But be good to yourself -- like, don't tie yourself up afterwards.

What you bring to this cyber-table are simple ad hominems devoid of wit and substance. You offer no qualifications to speak to your ability to judge any literary effort whatsoever, and you simultaneously reveal your own inadequacies -- including intellectual cowardice and self-absorption sufficient to qualify you for a Cicilline staff position.

"My side"???

Would that you reminded me of the comic strip character "Henry."

Comment #15 by Charles Drago on 2011 09 14

We have a sesquipedalinist in our midst.

Comment #16 by Jonathan Flynn on 2011 09 14

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Ahh, but aren't you the embodiment of our anti-intellectual society: summoning schoolyard name-calling tactics to attempt to humiliate the smartest kids in the class.

Your master's chest must swell with delight at your clever ripostes.

I shall now think of you as Senor Amanuensis:

"s'alright?"

"Better than alright, David. Perfect! Pithy! And some other word beginning with "p".

I think we all know the word being sought.

Comment #17 by Charles Drago on 2011 09 14

Actually, the embodiment of an anti-bullying society. As for anti-intellectual, I line up on the side with people who believe in evolution and that mankind has impacted the environment in an adverse way. That would render me unqualified to be a Republican.

Comment #18 by Jonathan Flynn on 2011 09 14




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