David Cicilline (D RI-01) buys votes the old fashioned way, with federal money
Disgraced former Mayor of Providence David Cicilline, who was forced to admit he lied to voters about Providence’s financial health when running for Congress in 2010, is out with a new television ad which is typical of how Rhode Island politicians buy votes with taxpayer money:
There isn’t much of a record for Cicilline to run on, so it’s no surprise he’s resorted to this type of campaigning. Also expect Ciciline to give a re-run of his 2010 Scare Grandma Tour, in which he toured senior centers and falsely told the elderly they might not get their checks if the Republicans took over.
Cicilline’s challenger is Republican Brendan Doherty, the former Superintendent of the State Police.
I haven’t had a chance to meet Doherty yet, but by all accounts he’s a completely straight shooter. Doherty was ahead in some polls taken over the winter, let’s see how Doherty holds up against a completely shameless campaigner like Cicilline.
This is a winnable flip-seat. While Doherty is a Northeastern Republican in the Scott Brown mold, that is what can work here in the most Democratic state in the country.
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Ciccilline is a sympton of the broken system is Washington. With the politicized “People’s House” accountable every two years, we can expect this stuff. Free sh!t reinforces loyalty like nothing else. How can we stop this?
Well, The Founders knew how to keep this from happening. As y’all khe original plan was for the Senate to be a more deliberative counter-weight, appointed as the states’ voices by the state legislatures. Nice concept.
Trash comes from the House, the Senate views it through the lens of state sovereignty, modifies or kills it. Serving a six year term removed them from much of the political fray.
And the came along the Progressives’ and their 17th Amendment, the direct election of Senators. Now, we have a highly-politicized, House on steroids, where they can depend on the stupid electorate having a short memory.
That’s why we have gridlock. The Perfect System was subverted by the Progressive ideal. This belongs with the Progressives’ equally-stupid Volstead Act, which gave us the 18th Amendment. Horrible freaking idea. We had sense enough to repeal the 18th, for the good and health of the nation. Let’s start a movement to get rid of the 17th Amendment, and return control of the Senate to the states! [This is where I yell, ‘Wolverines’!]
Then, the Cicillines of the world will not find like-minded, willing accomplices in the Senate.
Resist & Resolve!
Second that emotion!
Seriously, the Senate was SUPPOSED to be one of the ways states maintained states’ rights.
Now, they’re just another (bigger, fatter) Congress.
Been saying this for years. In fact, I posted it no long ago somewhere here on LI.
Looks like Rags, you, Punfundit and me are in agreement. I’ll do a 12 ounce curl tonight in honor of all of you.
(But keep an eye out for old elkh1 cuz he ain’t so fond of the idea.)
I’ll take a trip around the dance floor with my lovely Margarita in honor of this sweet, sweet accord!
Is Cicilline as unctious and smarmy as this ad makes him seem?
Also, is Professor Jacobson a Rhode Island Scholar?
The Prof is a native Rhode Islander as am I.
He is smarter though just by virtue of having left at a much earlier age…
For the record, I am not a “native” Rhode Islander, but it has been my home state for almost 20 years.
This is one of the races where it would be worth helping the challenger. Due to the weakness of the incumbent and the fact he is a first-term incumbent, the easiest to beat, there is a reasonable chance of flipping the seat.
We have many races out there with good challengers that the smart money, being finite, has to pass on. This isn’t of those.
I might be stated that Cicilline has the same level of moral standards as does the “Fake Indian” in the Bay State…
None at all!
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