Patrick Kennedy says he’s disappointed in Anthony Gemma’s lack of support for other RI Democrats

Jul 12, 2012

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy is calling out Anthony Gemma for comments made by Gemma during an appearance on WPRO’s Buddy Cianci show earlier this week:

“I was deeply disappointed to see Anthony Gemma’s remarks that he does not support Senator Whitehouse, Congressman Langevin and would not vote for Congressman Cicilline in the general election. I was proud to serve with Senator Whitehouse and Congressman Langevin in Washington and I saw firsthand their dedication to Rhode Island and their fierce advocacy for the people of our state. While there is so much at stake in this election: protecting Social Security and Medicare, health care reform, ending tax breaks for companies that are shipping American jobs overseas and stopping tax payer subsidies for oil companies making billions in profits, it is critically important that we all continue supporting our fantastic federal delegation this year in Senator Whitehouse and Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline.  This is about Rhode Island, not about each candidate, and I don’t think Mr. Gemma understands this.”

Gemma’s campaign has been a somewhat curious one, starting with his unwillingness to take questions from reporters at his initial announcement through the lack of customary partisan support this week for other Democrats. At the same time, this criticism from the well-known Kennedy, now out of elective office, allows the current members of RI’s congressional delegation to avoid the fray while simultaneously delivering a sharp message that will draw considerable media interest.