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3:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Democrats for Doherty: Has-beens or a force?

Members of `Democrats for Doherty’ according to the latest release from Brendan Doherty’s campaign for Congress in the 1st District.

Chairwoman of the Democrats for Doherty campaign is former State Rep. Joanne Giannini of Providence.

Other members of the group: Kevin Stacom and Ernie DiGregorio, both standout Providence College basketball players from Dave Gavitt’s legendary 1973 Friar team that went to the Final 4 of the NCAA. Stacom and Enrie D. both went on to NBA careers.

Only two current members of the group are in office: State reps. Rene Menard, D-Lincoln, and Peter Palumbo, D-Cranston. Menard is a lame-duck who lost his reelection primary and Palumbo doesn’t live or vote in the first district.

The other Democrats supporting Doherty are for the most part a collection of has-beens and yesterday’s headliners, including Charlie Baldelli, former Woonsocket mayor; Rick Alger, former Cumberland mayor; Richard Bessette, former Central Falls mayor; Rolland Grant, former East Providence mayor; John Barr, former Lincoln state rep; Joseph Faria, former Central Falls state rep; Patrick Griffin, publican and owner of Patrick’s Pub on Smith Hill; Chick Silva, former Central Falls mayor; Lowell Kinch, former Pawtucket state senator; Donald Large, former rep from Cumberland; Rene Lafayette, former Woonsocket state rep; and Tony Nobrega, former Cumberland state rep.

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