More than one-quarter of voters taking part in the September 11 state Senate Democratic primary election between Gayle Goldin and Maryellen Butke skipped the chance to vote for House Speaker Gordon Fox, according to an RIPR analysis.
The General Assembly has long been populated with public employees — police officers, firefighters, and teachers — so the Hatch Act complaint described by state Representative Jon Brien has no small significance.
Larry Berman, the spokesman for House Speaker Gordon Fox, says the House leadership believes Stephen Casey is on solid ground in rebutting Brien’s complaint.
Outgoing state Representative Jon Brien, who lost his seat in the September 11 primary to Woonsocket firefighter Stephen Casey, charged today that Casey was ineligible to run to a federal Hatch Act violation. Brien says the violation is based on how Casey is employed by a department that receives federal funding.
The state Republican Party is unhappy that a group with a self-described mission of supporting “pro-jobs” legislative candidates is backing at least two Democratic professionals over Republican small businessmen.
The New Leaders Project emerged in 2010 with the goal of promoting a more “pro-growth” General Assembly. Yet RI GOP chairman Mark Zaccaria finds fault with two of the group’s current endorsements:
The conventional wisdom holds that the September 11 primary was, at best, a status quo election for supporters of same-sex marriage. Legislative candidates who back the issue fared far better in the House, after all, than the real battlefield of the Senate. And Senate Judiciary Chairman Michael McCaffrey fended off a challenge by Laura Pisaturo, a gay woman, in one of the primary’s most high-profile legislative races.