Raimondo Blasts Fung & Trillo for “Failing Small Businesses”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


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Governor Gina Raimondo says Fung and Trillo "fail small businesses"

Governor Gina Raimondo's campaign is criticizing Gubernatorial candidates Allan Fung and Joe Trillo for “failing small businesses and putting jobs at risk.”

“Governor Raimondo created the state’s first small business loan program, established the nation’s first statewide 10,000 Small Businesses partnership, and has cut taxes, cut regulations and cut red tape. She’s bringing the change that small businesses need. Because of that, more Rhode Islanders started a business this year than last year. But that won’t stop Allan Fung from rooting against Rhode Island and Rhode Islanders," said Raimondo campaign Senior Advisor Mike Raia.

Raia added, "Mayor Fung and Joe Trillo will eliminate the successful small business programs Gina’s put in place and put the jobs these local companies have created at risk. Even more, Allan Fung’s decade-long record of raising taxes will make it harder for entrepreneurs to thrive in Rhode Island. Allan tries to hide his failed record with photo opps and hashtags, but Rhode Island entrepreneurs and business owners see right through it. They know that the Mayor’s opposition to Gina’s investments in job training and access to capital will set them back." 

According to the press release, Raimondo will attend a graduation ceremony for 10,000 Small Businesses on Tuesday night.

Last month, Fung announced his plan to help small businesses in Rhode Island.

Fung's plan, “Standing Up for Small Business” features seven guidelines and ideas to help small businesses in Rhode Island.

See the plan here.


As GoLocalProv editorialized about on Monday, there were no Republican candidates for elected officials at the Rhode Island Black Business Association Gala on Friday.

As GoLocal wrote, “Mayor Allan Fung, Judge Robert Flanders, Chairman Brandon Bell, and National Committeeman Steve Frias — where were you?

One can’t imagine John Chafee, Ed DiPrete, Lincoln Almond, Don Carcieri, or Ron Machtley missing the night. All had solid records on supporting small business (and civil rights).

Where were the Republicans?”


Related Slideshow: 2018 Governor’s Race Playbook - October 8, 2018

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Momentum: Up

Joe Trillo (I)


Trillo had a big week collecting the critical endorsement of Republican Patricia Morgan. The boost transforms his campaign from being a spoiler to a contender.


Trillo's strongest week of the campaign. Now, can he keep the momentum going?

X-Factor: He has now expanded his base beyond just his Trump-base. 

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Momentum: Flat

Gina Raimondo (D)


It was a good week for Governor Gina Raimondo as a result of fractionalization in the Republican party -- not necessarily because of any wins from campaign.


The Raimondo camp along with CCRI continued to spin the first-year results from the free-college RI Promise program, but the lack of transparency on the data -- such as lumping together the retention rate for both free-college and paying students as part of the "Promise" cohort -- has raised questions.

X-Factor: Does she go after Trillo now?

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Allan Fung (R)


Tough week. With a month to go Fung should have already solidified the party, answered the pending Trump and Cranston police issues in Cranston from 2014, and now, should be focused on Raimondo's record and her vulnerabilities. But, that is not happening.


When four prominent Republican leaders announced that they are not endorsing you it is not good. Patricia Morgan has announced her endorsement of Joe Trillo and functionally brought along two former GOP candidates for governor Ken Block and John Robitaille as well as the beloved former RI Attorney General Arlen Violet.

X-Factor:  Rumors out of Washington are that the Republican Governors Association are on the verge of pulling dollars out of Rhode Island. Danger zone! 

Washington consultant and RI native Spencer Sullivan Tweeted the following last week:

@GoLocalProv the @rhodeislandgop can say all they want about @repmorgan’s endorsement but her endorsement of an independent candidate over a GOP candidate says more about the weakness and ineffectiveness of the Rhode Island GOP than anything they can say about her public service.


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