Doherty raps Cicilline, seizes on the trust issue

Sep 12, 2012

 Brendan Doherty this morning used a lookout on the East Bay Bike Path in Riverside — with a nice view of downtown Providence — to argue that Congressman David Cicilline doesn’t deserve the trust of voters.

Doherty unveiled a Lettermanesque top-10 list “of David Cicilline’s “most serious deceptions” (changed from the “most serious lies” cited in a draft news release detailed yesterday by RIPR.) The topics include:

– Cicilline’s description during an October 2010 TV debate of Providence’s supposedly “excellent” fiscal condition;

– How Ken Wild, chief of staff for Jim Langevin, claimed Cicilline’s office “hijacked the entire congressional redistricting process.”

– A mischaracterization, documented by the ProJo’s PolitiFact, in which Cicilline “falsely represented my position on Social Security.”

Cicilline last night linked Doherty with Republicans near and far. For his part, Doherty denied he intends to go after Medicare and Social Security. Instead, he offered this message:

“I’m my own man, folks. I’ll go to Congress and I’ll work for one boss, the people of the First District of Rhode Island. I will not bow to any political pressure, and I will be guided by the best interests of Rhode Island.”

Asked last night about Doherty’s rap that he’s not trustworthy, Cicilline responding by offering this outline of the GOP agenda in Washington:

“End the guarantee of Medicare, roll back rights for women’s reproductive health, provide subsidies for big oil, undermine the middle class, and I think what Rhode Islanders are ultimately going to decide is, who do they trust to go to Washington and fight for them and fight for their families.”

Watch for much more of these competing frames — trustworthiness vs. the policies of the national GOP — as the campaign continues.