The Democratic side of the 2014 race for secretary of state is quickly heating up, with Nellie Gorbea making formal her entry to the tilt and wealthy Newporter Guillaume de Ramel helping to fill his campaign coffers with cash.
In a news release, de Ramel's campaign says it will report raising nearly $110,000 during the second quarter that ended July 31. The release says de Ramel will have a campaign balance in excess of $300,000 after a "personal investment" by the candidate.
Cumberland Mayor Daniel McKee, who has made little secret of his interest in running next year for lieutenant governor, has filed a notice of organization with the state Board of Elections to pursue that office.
State Senator Joshua Miller (D-Cranston) says he won't be a candidate for lieutenant governor next year.
"After careful consideration, I have decided I will not be a candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014," Miller tells RIPR. "I wanted to make my decision early, allowing individuals who encouraged me to have sufficient time to identify and support other candidates."
Longtime Providence City Councilor Terry Hassett, who had been eyeing a bid for secretary of state in 2014, has decided to seek re-election instead while tossing his support to former state Democratic chairman Edwin Pacheco.
Former treasurer Frank Caprio continues his comeback tour with the obligatory denunciation of his "shove it" remark during the 2010 gubernatorial race, courtesy of a Wednesday column by ProJo political columnist Ed Fitzpatrick.
Rhode Island, you do us proud with your ceaseless stream of unexpected political developments. Happy Friday, and welcome back. You're tips and thoughts are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. Here we go:
1. Former state treasurer Frank Caprio's is on the comeback trail after his gubernatorial campaign melted down in 2010: he's planning to run for treasurer next year, regardless of who else might be in the race.