jim langevin

It’s time for the second rendition of my new Friday column. Thanks for reading, and as always, feel free to send me tips or thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org.

Abel Collins, the independent candidate vying with Democrat Jim Langevin and Republican Michael Riley in the second congressional district, says it’s unlikely he could tip the race tow

Abel Collins, the independent candidate in CD2, plans to deliver a petition with more than 1100 signatures protesting his exclusion this evening from a televised debate on Fox Providence. (UPDATE: I should have noted in my initial post that the debate was set to be taped this morning,)

Michael Riley, the Republican challenging Congressman Jim Langevin in CD2, says he’ll be a one-and-done congressional candidate if he doesn’t win in November.

Speaking during a taping today of RIPR’s Political Roundtable, Riley was asked if he’ll run again if his bid to unseat Langevin comes up short. His response:

“No, absolutely not. The reason I’m running now is because of the fragile nature of the [US] economy.”

Congressman Jim Langevin’s campaign manager, Seth Klaiman, has released a statement in response to an ad blitz criticizing Langevin’s record by GOP opponent Michael Riley. The response takes a page from David Cicilline’s campaign, linking Riley with congressional Republicans.

Michael Riley, the GOP candidate in the Second Congressional District, isn’t wasting time in going after Democrat Jim Langevin. Riley’s campaign says it has launched a six-figure buy on TV and radio, including the TV commercial above.

Here’s some of the commentary from Riley’s news release:

 Congressman Jim Langevin won his office 12 years ago, emerging from a four-way Democratic primary that included some young guy named Angel Taveras.

Republican Michael Riley, who’s challenging Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin, makes clear his dislike for tax increases. But he says he’s declined to sign Grover Norquist’s famous anti-tax hike pledge.

Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann and some other GOP members of the House Intelligence Committee are facing criticism from their colleagues, including Jim Langevin, for asserting the Muslim Brotherhood may be making inroads into the US government.

The Huffington Post cover the issue today:

Enviromental activist Abel Collins says he’s planning to run as an indepenedent against Congressman Jim Langevin.

In an advisory for his campaign — due to be unveiled at 3 pm Wednesday (Statehouse steps, facing downtown) — Abel says he’s motivated by frustration over ”the inability of the Republican and Democratic parties to govern for the benefit of the people.”