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

Friday, August 24, 2012

 

Who’s Hot

Anthony Gemma -> Say what you want about Inspector Gemma, but the Democratic Congressional candidate has everyone talking voter fraud and David Cicilline this week. The question is whether he changed anyone’s mind in time to vote for him over the Congressman in September’s Democratic primary. Loyal Democrats seemed to overwhelmingly back Cicilline in the direct aftermath of Wednesday press conference, but the more conservative old timers may now have a solid reason to vote against the incumbent.

Brendan Doherty -> Talk about winning the week. The Republican Congressional candidate was able sit back and watch a man he already held a double-digit lead over in the polls be accused of voter fraud. And now after seeing some of the negative reaction to Inspector Gemma’s accusations, Doherty knows he can still standout as the one candidate who stands above the fray in this race.

Ralph Mollis -> No matter what comes of the investigation, the Secretary of State may end up benefiting most when all is said and done. After some criticized him for backing the voter id bill last year, Mollis, who is considered a viable candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 2014, now has the ability to tell voters he has led the way on tackling voter fraud.

Angel Taveras -> Kudos to Mayor Taveras and the city of Providence for continuing to take on big tobacco, which is suing the city to stop an ordinance that prohibits the sale of discounted tobacco and flavored tobacco products. It’s unclear whether the city will end up winning the battle, but it’s nice to see the Mayor standing up for children in the city.

Dan Harrop -> It took a lot of courage for the former Republican Mayoral candidate in Providence to step up and question the claims of Inspector Gemma, but he made an excellent point. David Cicilline probably wasn’t running up the score in that 2006 race by buying votes.

Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee -> With all eyes on South Providence, it’s important to remember that the overwhelming majority of the Latino political community in Rhode Island is made up of honest, hard working folks who aren’t tied to voter fraud. It’s nice to see this PAC host a series of debates this year to get everyone’s minds back on the real issues of the day.

Barry Hinckley -> Lost in the shuffle this week was the fact that the Republican Senate candidate has made a $500,000 ad buy in his race against Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Hinckley may not win this time around, but he can certainly say that he put a credible campaign together.

Who’s Not

David Cicilline -> It’s never a good day for a sitting Congressman when he is accused of being involved in a conspiracy to commit rampant voter fraud over the course of a decade. That said, Cicilline seems to have benefited slightly from Inspector Gemma’s theatrics, which included a claim that people are hiding in their attics with weapons because they are scared of having their names revealed in relation to voter fraud.

Curt Schilling -> He’s not Jose Canseco, but the former Red Sox ace is quickly becoming a case study for how not to handle yourself when you retire from professional sports. While it’s difficult to not feel bad for a guy who has lost millions on a failed video game company, he is just embarrassing himself by taking to Twitter to rip Governor Chafee.

Peter Petrarca & Greg Costantino -> The wacky race in District 44 is heating up with the two candidates releasing ugly personal attack ads on each other. Last week, Petrarca mocked the Costantino’s family’s connection to compassion centers with a handout that included a picture of a cannoli filled with pot. This week, Costantino ran an ad taking Petrarca to task for incidents that have taken place in the nightclub he owns.

No mention of, you know, current issues facing the state.

RIPTA -> Mayor Avedisian deserves credit for moving quickly to terminate anyone connected to the alleged security breach at RIPTA, but this is just another black eye for a poorly-managed agency that seems to face multi-million dollar deficits every year. Public transportation is incredibly important, but there has to be a better way to run RIPTA.

Joseph Polisena -> The Johnston Mayor probably has a point when it comes to his gripe over the amount of rescue runs his town makes to Providence. But for a politically ambitious guy who may end up in the Lieutenant Governor’s race in two years, a campaign ad claiming he is responsible for an injury (or god forbid, a death) because no rescue vehicles were available in the city, won’t look good.

 

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

 

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Comments:

Might want to hire a new copy editor - Cicilline should be in the hot column and Inspector Spacetime is on his own planet...

Comment #1 by Oberon Sexton on 2012 08 24

So let's see if I got this right. If someone dies in the #3 place to live(Providence), Then it's the mayor of Johnston's fault, Not the banana republic mayor Taveras' fault. Hmm, great logic Dan. Please explain.

Comment #2 by tom brady on 2012 08 24

Ah, "Oberon Sexton," the moral, physical, and intellectual coward and Cicilline hack, checks in. This identity is being used by multiple posters, among whom, I strongly suspect, are Matthew "The Teacher" Jerzyk and Gonzalo "The Little Mayor" Cuervo.

As for Dan "Fox" McGowan's evaluation of Brendan "Inspector Clueless" Doherty, I would offer this little investigative lead:

A significant number of incidents of alleged voter fraud outlined by Anthony Gemma occurred during Brendan Doherty's tenure as Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.

Brendan Doherty above the fray?

I think not.

Comment #3 by Charles Drago on 2012 08 24

Gemma hot? The only people he convinced were those who already had an ax to grind with Cicilline, and in the process he ensured Democrats like me will never vote for him in the general election. Good luck with that one, Anthony.

Comment #4 by Russ C on 2012 08 24

Maybe Providence residents in need of an ambulance should call Congressman Cicilline's office instead of 911.

Ciclline may have ruined Providence to the point where it can't provide emergency services to its citizens, but Cicilline's campaign can arrange for a driver with a 12 passenger van to pick up anyone needing a lift to the hospital.

Comment #5 by Todd B on 2012 08 25

"but it’s nice to see the Mayor standing up for children in the city."

You got to be kidding,an adult should not be banned from buying flavored chewing tobacco! This ordinance hurts businesses in Providence!

Comment #6 by anthony sionni on 2012 08 25

"Inspector Gemma’s theatrics"

Dan ,this is serious,you should take it that way,just wait until everything comes out!

Comment #7 by anthony sionni on 2012 08 25

Taveras gets called "hot" for taking on big tobacco? That's a pathetic joke. Once again, liberally biased reporting is giving positive credibility toward the government attacking people's freedoms and killing local business. If people want to smoke tobacco, the government should do nothing beyond informing the consumers of the dangers posed by use of the product.

If we let these political hacks keep this garbage up, we won't be able to use coupons on beer, wine, liquor, and whatever else the liberal left decides to attack next.

Taveras deserves a "Wasting time on things that won't lower taxes and keep Providence from going bankrupt" award.

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Comment #12 by Blais Hazelwood on 2012 08 28

NOT HOT FOR THIS FRIDAY! Baby Chair Pacheco, stop hiding behind your spokesman mouthpiece. The highest paid golfer in the state of RI-Bill Fischer. Every time Fischer is on Cianci join us in our drinking game.
1. Fischer responds to Buddy with Ummm umm umm = One shot
2. Fischer completely avoids what Buddy says = beer chaser
3. Fischer fails to answer a question and tries to link Doherty to Paul Ryan = One shot
4. Fischer states how many years he has been in politics = two shots

Comment #13 by Blais Hazelwood on 2012 08 28




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