Depending on what happens with the the race next Tuesday between House Speaker Gordon Fox and independent challenger Mark Binder, the election could be a mere ripple — if Fox defeats Binder handily. Yet if Binder comes somewhat close to beating Fox, or stages an upset, the impact on Statehouse politics will be more dramatic.
House Speaker Gordon Fox’s campaign filed a complaint today with the state Board of Elections, asserting that independent challenger Mark Binder violated a campaign finance statute by failing to report in a filing this week $2000 in television advertising expenses.
The sharply fought First Congressional District race will likely be won through the ground game on Election Day since a new Channel 12 poll shows the contest remains very much up for grabs.
The poll by veteran pollster Joseph Fleming shows Democrat David Cicilline with a one-point lead over Republican challenger Brendan Doherty. The margin of error, meanwhile, is just under six percentage points.
On the same day that the National Republican Congressional Committee put out another attack ad targeting long-ago criminal-defense work by David Cicilline, Brendan Doherty’s campaign offers an upbeat spot with the candidate and his wife.
The once firmly Republican editorial page of the Providence Journal is going in a different direction after backing a string of Democratic candidates, throwing its support to Brendan Doherty in the down-to-the-wire race with David Cicilline.
Doherty’s campaign, via a news release, offers this commentary:
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House Speaker Gordon Fox’s campaign says it has filed a complaint today with the state Board of Elections today over the radio spot placed by Conneticut resident Harvey Adelberg. Fox’s campaign also says the spot is linked with Fox’s opponent, Mark Binder.
Once upon a time, politicians across the land found a magical formula for achieving popularity. They kept public employees’ pay low, enabling low tax rates (hooray!); to make up for the low pay, they promised fat pensions down the road (huzzah!). The pensions were funded by gimmicks and wishful thinking. But that would be a problem for future politicians to reckon with.
A law firm representing House Speaker Gordon Fox’s re-election campaign has written to WPRO general manager Barbara Haynes, asking that the radio station stop playing a “Fox in the Henhouse” mystery ad whose sponsor remains unknown.
Republican 1st District Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty is fond of railing against big government Democrats in Washington, D.C., but he sure has done well by the policies of the Rhode Island Democrats who have dominated our State House for eons.