With more than a hint of fall in the air, the general election candidates are driving toward the finish line. So sit back, take a read of my weekly notes, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and take a gander at the twitters. Here we go.
The Providence mayoral campaign, aka the Buddy Cianci redemption effort, is drawing national media attention. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about the paths to victory for independent Cianci and Democrat Jorge Elorza.
Cianci, Elorza and Republican Dan Harrop faced off in their first campaign debate last week at Laurelmead, an East Side elderly housing complex. There was more heat than light as Elorza, a former city Housing Court judge, and Harrop, a psychiatrist, attacked Cianci’s record as one of New England’s infamously corrupt politicians.
In a sign of how Rhode Island's Democratic establishment is closing ranks around Jorge Elorza as he competes with Buddy Cianci to be the next mayor of Providence, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and Representatives David Cicilline and Jim Langevin are hosting an October 2 fundraiser for Elorza at the Providence Marriott on Orms Street.
Did Rhode Island's primary election on Tuesday reflect a repudiation of the status quo or a reinforcement of political norms? A fair bit of each, as it turns out, dear reader. So consider the evidence presented below, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and stay tuned on the twitters for more of my dispatches as we move toward November 4.
Buddy Cianci calls himself the best qualified person to be the next mayor of Providence, and says he's not concerned about Rhode Island Democrats lining up behind his chief rival in the November 4 election, Jorge Elorza.
Cianci made the statement Wednesday at a news conference kicking off his general election campaign.
Every election has winners and losers. Yesterday’s Rhode Island primaries fit that mold on steroids.
On the Republican side, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung forged a comfortable win over Ken Block, the angry Barrington businessman. The GOP primary voters favored a mayor who had a record against an outsider who promised little more than putting the bully in Bully Pulpit and campaigned as if being governor was all about arousing public opinion to fight the Statehouse establishment.
Providence City Council President Mike Solomon has called Jorge Elorza to congratulate Elorza on winning the Democratic mayoral nomination. Elorza now faces Republican Dan Harrop and independent Buddy Cianci in the November general election.
Final musings Sunday a.m. before church and the Patriots opener. Pats provide welcome respite to politics as the hours dwindle until Tuesday.
The biggest question in the Democratic gubernatorial primary is whether Clay Pell is incurring some last-minute cuts. His debate performances in the final week were underwhelming. And the revelation that he was a registered Republican when he lived in Arizona isn’t going to help him. Neither will the news that his skating queen wife, Michelle Kwan, was also registered with the GOP when she lived in California.
Four days until primary day in Rhode Island, and then a sprint to the November 4 general election. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always, feel free to drop me a line at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.