June 24, 2008

RI GOPs Perry to Challenge Paiva-Weed

Marc Comtois

Via the Ocean State Republican:

RI GOP Executive Director Donna Perry is announcing she has entered the race to challenge Senator Teresa Paiva-Weed of Newport for Senate District 13.

Perry, a resident of Jamestown, says she decided the time is right to challenge Paiva-Weed who Perry says does not represent the interests of her constituents and whose leadership decisions are wrong for the interests of all Rhode Islanders.

“Teresa Paiva-Weed’s actions and statements during this past session have been a shameful display of incredibly poor leadership,” Perry says. “It seems she would rather defend her corporate casino client on expanded gambling even though Newporters didn’t want it; she doesn’t think legislators need to contribute to their health plan while average Rhode Islanders can barely afford their own family’s health costs; and she thinks no one has a right to find out if a worker is here illegally and she blocked a sensible bill to do that. Who exactly, does she represent? She has a lot to answer for and I look forward to hearing her explain these decisions.”

RIGOP Chairman Giovanni Cicione says the party is fully behind Donnas’ run. “We are very excited to see Donna enter this race,” says Cicione. “Donna will be a terrific candidate who can make a very persuasive strong case against Teresa Paiva -Weed. She has great people skills, she’s a mother, very active in her community and I know she will run strong.”

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It all leads me to one main question:

Is Paiva-Weed the Welfare Queen or the Casino Queen?

Which crown does she wear the best?


Posted by: Citizen Critic at June 24, 2008 3:27 PM

This is really what's needed. Every seat needs to be challenged sufficiently to deplete the Dem's coffers and actually give the constituents an OPTION on the ballot in November.

If there was ever a year where "Someone Else" has a reasonable chance of winning it's this year.

Of course the anti-republican backlash could hurt us, too. God knows after eight years of Big Oil running the country we deserve the national black eye.

Posted by: Greg at June 24, 2008 3:29 PM

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! If there ever were some news to shiver me timbers!

I'm not looking at this as the Rep. Vs. Dems, I'm looking at it as Perry vs. Weed and we can now bid adieu to THE WEED!

I'll will volunteer my time.

Posted by: Roland at June 24, 2008 3:54 PM

No one's more thrilled about Donna running than me (except for all the people from around the state offering her money). I wouldn't be surprised if The Weed ends up being the poster child of the 2008 election cycle in RI.

PS I don't think it's going to be as anti-Republican as you might think, though I think incumbent anythings are going to face a tougher challenge this year. Locally, I think that bodes well for Republicans running for General Assembly. On the presidential level, I think McCain is going to do very well among Rhode Island voters, among Reps, Dems, and independents. While odds would be against McCain outright winning Rhode Island, I think he could easily exceed 45%. McCain, for better or worse, is a known quantity; Obama is not. Plus, I wouldn't be surprised if a few more balls drop on Obama between now and the election. He's basically a cross between Jimmy Carter and Mike Dukakis, with the tax policies of Walter Mondale. He may do well among the elites, the ignorant and the young, but I think he's going to have a very hard time with most people with a job over age 35.

Posted by: Will at June 24, 2008 5:02 PM

The sister of a local radio talker taking on an incumbent he is, and will be, pounding on daily...if the GOP can't win this seat, it's time to pack the long knives and go.

Posted by: rhody at June 24, 2008 5:05 PM

Oh boy! A Weed-whacker!

Not only that, Perry's very very attractive, while Paiva-Weed looks, well, Democrat.

Why is it that Republican women almost always are much better looking than Democrat women? (Think Ann Coulter.)

Maybe that explains why Democrats always come across as so bitter.

Posted by: Ragin' Rhode Islander at June 24, 2008 5:14 PM

I'm sure they'll offer Sen. Paiva-Weed time on the radio to respond. Of course, she'd have to come out of the bat cave every now and then to do that.

"Not only that, Perry's very very attractive, while Paiva-Weed looks, well, Democrat."


NO COMMENT! It's just too easy!

Posted by: Will at June 24, 2008 5:30 PM

Ragin, if you think Ann Coulter is attractive, you really need to lay off the cough syrup (or buy her a hamburger). Have you ever see the adam's apple on her?
Ann was a hot tranny mess long before that goofball who won the last Project Runway.
BTW, little-known fun fact about Ann (from "Uncovering Clinton"): she's a major Deadhead.

Posted by: rhody at June 25, 2008 12:24 AM

I wonder if this is not comparable to the challenge to Rep. Murphy by then GOP head Patricia Morgan. I also wonder if the outcome would'nt be similiar.

Posted by: Phil at June 25, 2008 7:01 AM

In the spirit of bipartisanship, I believe that I must concur with rhody re: Ms. Coulter.

Posted by: Marc at June 25, 2008 8:18 AM

Me too. But Laura Ingraham is SMOKIN hot.

Posted by: Greg at June 25, 2008 8:22 AM

I'll concur, Greg.
Laura made her bones off a New York Times Sunday Magazine cover story in the early '90s about young conservatives, where she was photographed wearing a leopardskin miniskirt. She brings it.
As does Amy Holmes, frequent guest on CNN and Real Time with Bill Maher. She's milking a profitable niche - young, attractive, African-American (although she may be mixed) female conservative.

Posted by: rhody at June 25, 2008 11:38 AM

As the only woman posting here so far, I will say that I agree Repub women are much better looking than Demoncrap women. I mean Madeline Albright and Janet Reno...ugh!!

But getting back on subject..I am so excited about Donna Perry running against Weed. I will be in Newport helping Perry with her campaign this fall! The thought of the Senate being Weedless next year makes me very happy!!

National politics aside (that's for another time), RI NEEDS Repubs in that GA!! The Dems are going to turn RI into a bonafide nanny state. We are just about there now!!! We need new blood up on Smith Hill...blood that is not bought and paid for by the Unions and the ACLU. The GA has been in Dem hands for way too many years..it's time for the other side to balance it out.

Posted by: Donna C at June 25, 2008 1:41 PM

Donna, since looks count so much, did the GOP make a big mistake not nominating Romney because he has such killer hair?
Conservative politicians, particularly on the female side, do seem so much more vain than their counterparts.

Posted by: rhody at June 26, 2008 11:24 AM

Excellent because the Weed has voted NOT to pay her share of 10% along with a lot of other irresponsible warts growing on the white mushroom. She also made sure she would stamp out the E-Verify...

What's really pathetic are these people are blatent with their bad legislation which is NOT in the best interests of we the people. The difference is years ago it was done in the backroom and I had watched them in my short time here boldly move Expungement and other bogus laws here in RI.

We need a professional Pest & Fungas Exterminator at the Mushroom to weed it out and bring a less toxic result.

Posted by: Suzanne Arena at June 28, 2008 7:12 PM

"What's really pathetic are these people are blatent with their bad legislation which is NOT in the best interests of we the people."

Exactly. And for many years this has been going on.

Posted by: Monique at June 28, 2008 8:51 PM

Paiva-Weed has shown little leadership as Senate Majority Leader. What has she done to clean up the problems in the General Assembly and in the state? Little or nothing.

Instead, she has proven that she is "one of the boys" who run the state from the back room. She has blocked important citizen reforms, been involved in major conflicts of interest (casino), and she has not cleaned up the ethical mess in her legislative body.

M. Teresa Paiva-Weed is a major part of RI's problem.

Posted by: Citizen Critic at June 29, 2008 2:52 AM
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