September 19, 2008

Partisan Rhode Island

Justin Katz

Perhaps the key is to acknowledge and work with Rhode Islanders' pathological need to vote Democrat:

[Michael] Pinga [electoral slayer of West Warwick Senator Stephen Alves] switched his voter affiliation to Democrat from Republican this spring. Some of his ideologies — his support of Governor Carcieri and opposition to tax hikes, abortion and gay marriage — differ from the party he now calls his. Though he has said he's supported candidates across the aisle in previous elections, Pinga said his decision to switch parties in this election was based on his desire to get the election over and done with.

Of course, if the RIGOP has any vestigial competence, the key players have set a meeting date (or had one already) to discuss the whys and hows of changing the poison touch of the "R."

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So we have a Democrat politician who'll vote like a Republican ...

In a state where "Republican" politicians often vote like Democrats (also known as "moderate Republicans").

Help me, I'm feeling dizzy!

Posted by: Ragin' Rhode Islander at September 19, 2008 10:43 AM

This is pretty interesting. It looks like Pinga has taken a page out of the unions' book. Only he has taken it a step further by winning. It reminds me of the time the union whores ran some putz named Gary Reilly against Laffey in a primary in Cranston. Needless to say, the unions got their butts kicked 3 to 1. You can also see the blowhard union fingerprints on the Palumbo primary last week. They put up some dumbass firefighter John Degenova to take out Palumbo.
One thing that everyone needs to learn from all of this - the unions are a bunch of big mouth blowhards. When push comes to shove, the voters tell the unions to go to hell. The time is now to run primaries against the union asskissers and get them out of the way of fixing this state.
Congrats to Pinga for getting rid of the slimy punk Alves.

Posted by: Mike Cappelli at September 19, 2008 1:31 PM

It doesn't matter which side of the union debate you're on. The Shah of West Warwick had to go.

Posted by: rhody at September 19, 2008 1:54 PM

The first thing the RIGOP needs to understand is that the "big tent" should mean bringing more voters over to our side by sticking to our values and persuading them that we are better for their small business, their job opportunities, their kid's education because of our smaller goverment/ lower tax platform / zero tolerance for corruption platform. (Oh, wait... first maybe we should get a platform!)

Then they need to tell Scott Avedisian: "Sorry, we need room in the tent for Republicans who believe in the smaller government, lower tax, zero tolerance for corruption platform we just created. Go join your friend Linc on the road to political oblivion."

Raising taxes to the max, every single year so you can feed the unions, who in turn keep you in office -- IS CORRUPT! GET OUT!

Posted by: George at September 19, 2008 4:25 PM

>>(Oh, wait... first maybe we should get a platform!)

Roger that!!!!

Posted by: Tom W at September 19, 2008 5:16 PM
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