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RI Nomination Speeches at Republican & Democratic Conventions: Bell v. Mattiello

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

 

Top GOP Convention, Bottom Dem Convention

The tale of two speeches. At the GOP Convention last week in Cleveland, RI GOP Chair Brandon Bell highlighted the corruption in RI when announcing how the delegates were assigned. On Tuesday night in Philadelphia, Nick Mattiello, Speaker of the House, took a far more positive approach. Read the two speeches.

Nick Mattiello, RI Speaker of the House

Democratic Convention

MADAM SECRETARY, I AM THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF THE GREAT STATE OF RHODE ISLAND. HOME OF OUTSTANDING BEACHES AND COASTLINES, HOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD, GREAT COMPANIES WORLD, GREAT COMPANIES -- SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD, GREAT COMPANIES SUCH AS HAS ROW AND NOW GE -- HASBRO AND NOW GE, STATE THAT IS PROBABLY ELECTED OUR FIRST FEMALE GOVERNOR, THE SMALLEST STATE IN THE UNION WITH ONE OF THE BIGGEST HEARTS, HOME OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE COUNTRY, THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND PROUDLY CASTS 17 VOTES FOR BERNIE SANDERS AND 19 VOTES FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON.

Brandon Bell, RI Chairman

Republican Convention

MADAM SECRETARY, BRANDON BELL, STATE CHAIRMAN OF THE RHODE ISLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY AS WELL AS THE DELEGATION CHAIR OF THIS INCREDIBLE RHODE ISLAND DELEGATION WHICH INCLUDES MY COLLEAGUE LEE ANN SENNICK, OUR NATIONAL COMMITTEEWOMAN, AND MY COLLEAGUE AND COMMITTEEMAN STEVE FRIAS, WHO WILL BE THE NEXT STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM DISTRICT 15 IN CRANSTON AFTER HE BEATS THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IN RHODE ISLAND, WHO IS A DEMOCRAT. ROGER WILLIAMS FOUNDED THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND IN 1631 BASED UPON PRINCIPLES OF COMPLETE RELIGIOUS TOLERATION, SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE, AND POLITICAL DEMOCRACY. 

THE UNITED STATES WOULD AFTER BE FOUNDED UPON. WE ARE THE OCEAN STATE AND IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL BACK HOME. UNFORTUNATELY, GOVERNMENT IS NOT WORKING IN RHODE ISLAND FOR THE PEOPLE. THE STATE IS RUN BY A CORRUPT DEMOCRAT POLITICAL MACHINE THE LAST 80 YEARS.

IN OUR STATE, WE ARE CONSTANTLY RANKED NEAR THE BOTTOM, REGIONALLY RANKED 50TH WORST IN TERMS OF OUR BUSINESS-FRIENDLY CLIMATE. DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP IN OUR STATE HAS BEEN RAMPANT CORRUPTION, LACK OF TRANSPARENCY, AND UNETHICAL CONDUCT WHICH MAKES IT KNOWS THE PRIZE THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE IS SUPPORTED BY EACH AND EVERY ONE OF RHODE ISLAND'S STATE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP. 

IT SHOULD THEREFORE COME AS NO SURPRISE THAT RHODE ISLAND DELIVERED, SORRY JERSEY, THE LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY IN A THREE-WAY RACE WITH THE MOST AMOUNT OF VOTES CAST IN THE HISTORY OF REPUBLICAN PRIMARY WITH OVER 64% FOR DONALD J. TRUMP. THEREFORE, MADAM SECRETARY, PLEASE CAST FROM A PROUD AND UNIFIED RHODE ISLAND REPUBLICAN PARTY, TO VOTES FOR SENATOR CRUZ, FIVE VOTES FIRST FOUR JOHN KASICH, AND 12 VOTES FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, -- DONALD J. TRUMP. 

 

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The following is from the RI Progressive Democrats website:

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