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Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not in RI Politics?

Friday, November 02, 2012

 

Who’s Hot

Brendan Doherty -> It looks as though the Republican Congressional candidate has closed the gap on Congressman David Cicilline and he got a got a boost with the endorsement of both the State FOP as well as the Providence firefighters. Doherty will still need a strong ground game on Tuesday, but it would not be shocking to see him pull off the upset in one of the country’s most Democratic districts.

Mike Riley -> If history holds true and a significant portion of undecideds break with the challenger, Mike Riley has a real opportunity to finish within ten points of veteran Congressman Jim Langevin. It still appears as though Riley will fall short (he was down 17 points in Tuesday’s WPRI poll), but a strong showing might convince him to run again in two years (he has previously said this will be his one shot at the office).

Sheldon Whitehouse -> The first-term Senator appears likely to go back to Washington after the latest WPRI poll had him up 22 points on Republican Barry Hinckley. Hinckley gained a lot of credibility with a strong debate showing (Whitehouse’s negative ad this week proved he was at least slightly concerned), but the Senator’s financial advantage and name recognition were probably too much this time around.

Gina Raimondo -> The General Treasurer has now topped $1 million in her campaign account as she gears up for what looks like a Gubernatorial run in 2014. Raimondo still faces the threat that her pension overhaul will be overturned in court and Frank Caprio proved that money isn’t everything, but those funds will certainly help clear most of the field in a Democratic primary.

National Grid -> They can’t always please everyone, but National Grid deserves a lot of credit for the work it has done following Hurricane Sandy (power across the state is expected to be restored by today). The company needed a pick-me-up after the criticism it received following Tropical Storm Irene last year and it seems to have answered the call.

Twin River & Newport Grand -> Everyone agrees that Rhode Island shouldn’t be so dependent on gambling revenue, but there hasn’t been very much opposition to the well-run campaigns to bring table games to the state’s two casinos this year. Twin River in particular ran smart commercials that focused on job creation and it seems likely voters will support the expansions this year.

President Obama -> Natural disasters are no time for politics, but the President did get a boost when one of the most powerful Republicans in the country (Chris Christie) praised him for his handling of the Hurricane. That plus the endorsement from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg means Obama clearly won the week.

Who’s Not

Lincoln Chafee -> The Governor did an excellent job getting out in front of the Hurricane and stands to benefit politically if the state can recoup its losses with the 38 Studios lawsuit, but that WPRI poll this week had to be devastating for him. With only 17.5 percent of those polled saying they would support his re-election bid, Chafee is going to need several big wins over the next few years if he wants another four years in office.

Mary Ann Shallcross Smith -> In one of the ugliest General Assembly races of the year, the Democrat-turned-Independent may now face a lawsuit from Republican Matt Guerra, who claims her negative ads have gone too far. While many of her attacks were fair game, Shallcross Smith crossed the line by trying to suggest Guerra had some sort of inappropriate relationship (she cites Twitter messages) with students in Lincoln.

Wells Fargo -> While there are many names and accusations in the 38 Studios lawsuit, the one that jumps out is Wells Fargo, which is accused of making $500,000 from 38 Studios at the same time that the company was supposed to advise the EDC on the dangers of the deal. A spokesman for the company did not return multiple requests for comment.

West Warwick Town Council -> The clock is ticking for the cash-strapped city to address its deficit, but the Council did not vote again on a proposal this week (they do have elections to worry about, after all). Most Council members appear reluctant to take on the unions, but don’t be surprised if the state ends up intervening.

Craig Price -> Here’s hoping the state sticks to its guns when it comes to this convicted murderer’s appeal. This is a guy who deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.

 

Dan McGowan can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @danmcgowan.

 

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price , like woodmansee does not deserve to exist . horrific crimes against humanity .

Comment #1 by vin coia on 2012 11 02

The attack ad on Matthew Guerra is purely a malicious, libelous hit piece. Matt is a student teacher in North Smithfield and doesn’t teach in his home town of Lincoln. He is also not tweeting with students. This type of allegation can be very serious for a teacher. I guess she didn’t care about utilizing false statements for her own gain and attempting to ruin someone’s life. The Valley Breeze reviewed Matts Twitter account and found no inappropriate or vulgar tweets from him. In fact, most all of her allegations are FALSE.

It is clear what is going on here. When you have no record to run on, you paint your opponent as somebody people should run from. Perhaps Shallcross-Smith should have looked in the mirror first?

Shallcross-Smith has a history of running unethical campaigns. In 2008 although she owned a 1 million dollar house in Little Compton and actually lived there, she claimed she was actually living with her parents and ran for office in Lincoln. She ran her campaign out of a nonprofit 501(c)(3) office and actually had the employees making phone calls on her behalf and had campaign signs on the outside. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations are forbidden from engaging in any political activity in support or opposition of a candidate for public office. The Internal Revenue Code states that 501(c)(3) organizations must "not participate in, or intervene in (including publishing or distribution of statements), any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. She also gets hundreds of thousands of dollars every year in federal grant money for her non-profit.

In addition, many of our campaign volunteers observed her well within the 50 foot range of the entrance to the Lonsdale School polling place on Election Day with campaign buttons on and handing out her own literature. At one point the Lincoln Police department came and asked her to move. When they left she moved back well within the 50 feet. We could also talk about her ethics violation, her campaign finance violation, and much more.

While in the General Assembly from 2009-2010, she missed 217 votes and voted with leadership 99% of the time. She voted for sales tax increases (new items) and even bringing back the car tax. Now she claims to be pushing a zero percent sales tax? She lost the Democrat Primary in 2010 and ran a FAILED write-in campaign. She is running as an Independent, so she could avoid another primary with Jeremiah O’Grady it is all a ruse. but if voted in will go right back to voting with Democrat leadership 99% of the time.

Comment #2 by Michael Napolitano on 2012 11 02

Talk to some of Shallcross-Smith's former employees and you'll get the real facts about her that are even worse, got into politics for all the wrong reasons. It is fitting she is on the same list as Craig Price.

Comment #3 by jack flash on 2012 11 02

The name that jumps out at me from the 38 Studios lawsuit is not Wells Fargo, but Moses Afonso Ryan. MAR is PEDP's new law firm! Yay - did a great job for RIEDC, sure to do a great job for PEDP.

Comment #4 by Joe Public on 2012 11 02

Hurricane Sandy should have been on the NOT HOT List!

Comment #5 by dis gusted on 2012 11 02

Go Doherty!

Lets finally get rid of cicilline,the liar, he has been in political office for 18 yrs,enough of this guy!

Comment #6 by anthony sionni on 2012 11 02

bet chafee's angling for a cabinet position if bronco boma wins

Comment #7 by Odd Job on 2012 11 02

Jim langevin ranks last, just like Rhode Island does according to nearly every leading national Washington watcher of congress. Citizens Against Government Waste rate Langevin as "hostile" with an overall rating of 8 out of 100 up from 2 in 2010. Pathetic.

http://www.ccagwratings.org/?mode=member&member=68

Similarly he tells us hes focused on small business and will "leave no stone unturned" looking for them, yet NFIB the largest small business advocate in America rates Langevin at 8 out of 100 at the bottom of 435 Congressmen in the U.S.

http://www.nfib.com/Portals/0/PDF/AllUsers/issuesElections/how-congress-voted-112th-nfib.pdf

Jim says hes fighting for taxpayers"every single day". Yet again Jim Langevin is ranked last Nationally by the National taxpayers Union. Founded over 40 years ago, the National Taxpayers Union's Number One job has been helping to protect every single American's right to keep what they've earned. Here's how they rank your congressman. He ranks 420 out of 435 this taxpayer group ranks Jim again virtually last.

http://www.ntu.org/on-capitol-hill/ntu-rates-congress/members/house/james-langevin.html

Hopefully many voters and readers will investigate for themselves why we can't afford a 13th year of failure.

I have a plan called the "Riley plan".

http://mikerileyforcongress.com/the-riley-plan

Comment #8 by michael riley on 2012 11 02




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