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

Friday, July 13, 2012

 

Who’s Hot

Ernie Almonte -> It looks as though the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring in the 2014 Governor’s race is picking up a little steam after announcing that he has hired one of nation’s top pollsters (Jef Pollock) for his campaign. The Democrat is likely to face a difficult primary (Treasurer Raimondo and Mayor Taveras are considered potential opponents), but he has raised over $100,000 in the two months since announcing his candidacy and has a head start on building his name recognition.

Sheldon Whitehouse -> Money isn’t everything, but with $3.5 million in the bank, Senator Whitehouse remains the overwhelming favorite in his re-election bid. The Senator is also drawing praise for his work on a campaign finance disclosure bill set to be voted on next week.

Barry Hinckley -> The Republican Senate candidate will never be able to match Whitehouse dollar for dollar, but he has continued to post impressive fundraising numbers himself. The candidate reported raising around $275,000 in the 2nd quarter and still maintains that he’ll have plenty of cash to saturate the market with commercials after Labor Day.

David Cicilline -> Speaking of fundraising, Congressman Cicilline reported that he raised over $300,000 in the 2nd quarter and now has over $825,000 in his war chest. The question for the Congressman has always been whether he’ll be able to refuel after a tough primary, but he’s certainly having no problems in the fundraising department right now.

Joe Trillo -> The outspoken Republican State Rep. is running unopposed after the son of one of the state’s largest Democratic Party contributors (Mark Weiner) dropped out of the race. Trillo, who has always been rumored as a potential Warwick Mayoral candidate at some point, probably wasn’t sweating, but he still has to consider this a major win for the Republican Party.

Robert Flanders -> Say what you want about Judge Flanders, but the man deserves credit for helping to get Central Falls back on track. It looks as though the city will be out of receivership by September and while it was a tragedy to see so many retirees take such deep pension cuts, here’s hoping the city can move forward.

Who’s Not

RI Board of Elections -> The Board of Elections was probably trying to do the right thing when it called an emergency meeting to make voter information confidential, but critics were spot on to point out that it was a shortsighted idea that would have overwhelmingly benefited incumbents.

Curt Schilling -> After he took to the airwaves and social media to whine about what a bad guy Governor Chafee is, it turns out the former Red Sox star wasn’t exactly telling the whole truth about the popularity of 38 Studios’ first game. Schilling ripped Chafee for calling “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning” a flop, but representatives from the company admitted this week that its sales did not meet their expectations.

Anthony Gemma -> Well, it wasn’t quite “shove it,” but Anthony Gemma refusing to endorse Senator Whitehouse and Congressman Langevin certainly doesn’t help his cause. Gemma probably has a point when he criticizes the Democrats for not waiting until after the primary to support a candidate, but going on talk radio to air out his frustrations with the Party doesn’t do much to solidify is Democratic credentials.

Hanna Gallo -> The Journal reports that Senator Gallo is in a pickle after Cranston’s Board of Canvassers noticed that the same person signed six sets of nominating papers acknowledging that he witnessed every signature. It’s probably a small-time issue, but it’s certainly something her opponents can use against her as they walk door-to-door this summer.

Vinny Paz -> Every time Rhode Island’s favorite boxer talks, he reminds you why boxing isn’t exactly the most brilliant career choice. Paz took to talk radio this week to discuss allegations that he hit a woman in a Federal Hill bar and somehow chose to defend himself by pointing to all the women he’s been with. Classy guy.

Joseph Caramadre -> It’s still beyond me why we haven’t seen any elected officials return the thousands of dollars in campaign contributions this “philanthropist” gave them. This is a man accused of stealing millions from the sick and elderly who is now trying to pull every string he can to save himself before his trial.
 

Dan McGowan can be reached at [email protected].

 

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You would think Treasurer Raimondo would be included in the "Who's Not" hot catagory, considering what she had to say this week about taxpayers having a moral responsibility to pay off the 38 Studios loan - an opinion she obviously doesn't hold for our state's hardworking retirees.

Comment #1 by William Berube on 2012 07 13

Hardworking retirees? LOL ... you mean hardworking at the second job they've taken as they double dip, post retirement ... Look at the fine job, your "hard working" state retirees have done across the board ... I mean, we have the finest roads, the best schools, an amazingly well maintained infrastructure, right? Oops ... NOT .... peddle your pity party somewhere else, Mr. Berube ... In the words of the immortal movie CaddyShack ... "You'll get nothing, and you'll like it!"

Comment #2 by PO Taxpayer on 2012 07 13

I'm not sure why you think that I'm looking for pity from anyone. All I said was the Treasurer seems to think there is no moral obligation to pay retirees what they are owed, but she does feel that the wealthy bondholders should be compensated. Those aren't my words, those are hers.

I'll tell you one last thing PO - when this is all hashed out in court you're really going to be PO'd because you will have to pay these people what they are owed, whether you like it or not.

Comment #3 by William Berube on 2012 07 13

I hope y'all win in court, Berube ... that would throw out Gina's "wannabee reform", and replace it with real reform .. How? The state goes into some form of receivership, the remaining assets of the retirement plan are thrown into a 401K, and you get what you really deserve .. NOTHING ....

Oh, and btw? Most bondholders of state backed obligations aren't actually wealthy individuals ... they are , (here's the irony folks) State and Private Pension Plans! ROFLMFFAO

So yeah! Let'm default! Then no one will ever loan this cesspool money again!

Comment #4 by PO Taxpayer on 2012 07 13

Somewhere along the line I have a feeling you were turned down for a State or Municipal job - anyone who displays your brand of hatred for nearly 70k public workers that he doesn't even know obviously has some issues. Envy and hatred will only eat you up inside my friend. I feel sorry for you.

Comment #5 by William Berube on 2012 07 13

cicilline is building up his money so he can take it and run when he loses the primary to Gemma!!!

Comment #6 by anthony sionni on 2012 07 13

W.B...don't waste your breath on the moron who had every opportunity to be a gov or city/state worker if he chose to....Everyone has options and choices in life. He chose not to and now he shows his jealousy and hatred to those who made that choice.
This is not a class act person if he is full of emotionalism and hate toward those who work hard for the city or state or for the feds.
You can't change someone with hate and jealousy inside them. If he missed the boat by not choosing a gov job in some capacity, then too bad

Comment #7 by dis gusted on 2012 07 14

W.B...don't waste your breath on the moron who had every opportunity to be a gov or city/state worker if he chose to....Everyone has options and choices in life. He chose not to and now he shows his jealousy and hatred to those who made that choice.
This is not a class act person if he is full of emotionalism and hate toward those who work hard for the city or state or for the feds.
You can't change someone with hate and jealousy inside them. If he missed the boat by not choosing a gov job in some capacity, then too bad

Comment #8 by dis gusted on 2012 07 14

Greedy union nitwits will get pennies on the dollar. Stick that in your union pipe!

Comment #9 by Odd Job on 2012 07 14




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