How many Ken Block-style voters are out there?
That’s a big question, since Block says he plans to split his ticket on Tuesday, voting for President Obama and Republican CD1 candidate Brendan Doherty. If Doherty is going to prevail as Rhode Island’s great GOP hope, he needs tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders to do the same thing.
Block explained his stance during a taping of RIPR’s Bonus Q+A, which will air Friday at 6:40 and 8:40 am:
“I don’t view things through a prism of partisanship, and so I’ve measured what David did and didn’t do over the course of these last two years, and I’m not happy. He was 94 or 95 percent with the straight party vote up there [in Congress], and partisanship on either side of the equation doesn’t work for me. I think you need to be more nuanced in your views.
Brendan has convinced me he’s going to act in a non-partisan way, or as much as he can. and I just don’t think David’s performance deserves to be rewarded in this circumstance.
When it comes to the presidential race, Block says he’s voting for the incumbent Democratic president.
“The reason I’m doing it is for a fairly non-standard reason. I don’t want to see the balance of power in the Supreme Court shift any further right than it is.
” You know, a president is only there for four years. The Supreme Court justices are there potentially for a lifetime, and I don’t like some of the decisions that have come down. I hate Citizens United. I wouldn’t want to see that get any worse than it has.”
Regarding a possible repeat gubernatorial run in 2014, Block, with a laugh, says he hasn’t been brave enough to bring it up with his wife yet.
The Mod man also joins us to talk much more during RIPR’s Political Roundtable, airing at 5:40 and 7:40 am Friday.