If Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s left-leaning U.S. senator, decides to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, one Rhode Islander who will be on his team is veteran Democratic political consultant Tad Devine.
Devine, who has held top roles in the presidential campaigns of John Kerry, Mike Dukakis and Al Gore, has had Sanders as a client, going back to the 1990s, when Sanders held Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is slated to return to Rhode Island to campaign Tuesday with Republican gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung. First Lady Michelle Obama is expected here later in the week.
Christie stumped for Fung in Johnston earlier this month, and pledged to return. Plans call for Christie to visit some Federal Hill merchants this afternoon and to tour businesses in Cranston. An advisory says reporters will be able to speak with Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, only at the second event.
In a speech emphasizing efforts to rebuild the middle class, Hillary Clinton on Friday touted Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo as a proven job-creator who has the toughness and flexibility to move Rhode Island forward.
A new poll in the governor’s race comes out Tuesday from The Providence Journal and WPRI. It’s the second poll in the governor’s race since the primary. It comes with just three weeks remaining before the general election.
The first poll came out in late September, and showed Democratic state treasurer Gina Raimondo with a slight lead over Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.
Election Day is three weeks from Tuesday, and some big names in politics will visit Rhode Island in the final stretch. Thursday will be a big day with President Barak Obama coming to talk about the economy. There’s no word on whether he will stump for democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo. Also in the state on Thursday, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will campaign for Raimondo’s rival Republican Allan Fung. Romney endorsed Fung in the primary, and Fung says he’s thankful for Romney’s support.
Hillary Clinton plans to campaign in Rhode Island for Gina Raimondo on October 24, according to Politico.
There was no immediate comment on the report from Raimondo's campaign Thursday night.
Hillary Clinton won Rhode Island's 2008 presidential primary, handily beating Barack Obama, and former president Bill Clinton campaigned here earlier this year for Democratic treasurer candidate Seth Magaziner.
One of Rhode Island's most prominent Democratic union leaders, Robert A. Walsh Jr., says he now regrets backing Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in 2008:
"I was an early and vocal supporter of President Obama's first bid for [presidential] office, and in hindsight, I probably should have been an early and vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton. So for all my friends who have chastised me for that, this is an admission that I was wrong on that case -- on the experience issue."