June 27, 2010


Engaged Citizen

On Thursday morning of this week, that is the headline that some of you might be reading in your local newspaper. UNLESS somebody comes forward to run in the next few days.

All candidates for State Legislature must file their Declaration Of Candidacy, at the City or Town Hall in the community where they are registered to vote, on Monday - Wednesday (until 4 P.M.). After that, it is too late. If no Republican has filed to run by 4 P.M. on Wednesday, then the Democrat is automatically elected on November 2nd. Even if he gets indicted before Election Day (something which always seems to be a possibility in this state).

There are a number of Districts where we have not been able to identify any possible GOP candidate; not even a place-holder candidate (we will explain what that means a little later).

In 2010, Republicans are going to win in some very unexpected places, where they would never stand a chance in other years. Voters all over the nation are very angry, and are throwing out incumbent office-holders, just because they are incumbents. Look what happened recently in South Carolina's Democratic U.S. Senate primary, where a total unknown, who did not campaign or spend any money, won only because his opponent currently held an office. This same sort of thing can happen in Rhode Island. But ONLY if the Republicans have a name on the ballot.

Many people have been assuming that someone else will come forward to run, and they do not need to do anything. Every election year, after the deadline has passed and no Republican filed to run in a District, we have people come up to us and say, "I wish I knew that you did not have a candidate in my District. I would have filed to run, just to keep the incumbent from being re-elected unopposed". Well, in the Districts listed below, we do NOT have a candidate, and you know about it now. If you live in one of these Districts, will YOU do something about it, and file to run before the Wednesday deadline? Reply to this E-Mail right away if you would consider putting your name on the ballot. (Please, no E-Mails saying "I agree, and I hope you find somebody, but it will not be me").

Now, the explanation of a place-holder candidate. If a candidate files to run, and gets enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, but then withdraws from the race; the state GOP Chairman has the authority to appoint a replacement, up until September 17. But if nobody files to run by this Wednesday at 4:00 P.M., there is no way under R.I. election law for us to have a candidate on the ballot. (At that point, we are totally out of the race.)

Here are the Districts where we need a candidate in a hurry:

House 1 (Providence - Rep.John McCauley)

House 3 (Providence - Rep. Edith Ajello)

House 7 (Providence - Rep. Joanne Giannini)

House 9 (Providence - Rep. Anastasia Williams)

House 10 (Providence - Rep. Scott Slater)

House 11 (Providence - Rep. Grace Diaz)

House 12 (Providence - Rep. Joe Almeida)

House 14 (Cranston - Rep. Charlene Lima)

House 19 (Warwick, Cranston - Rep. Joe McNamara)

House 20 (Warwick - Rep. Al Gemma)

House 21 (Warwick - Rep. Eileen Naughton)

House 22 (Warwick - Rep. Frank Ferri)

House 42 (Johnston,Cranston - Rep. Stephen Ucci)

House 49 (Woonsocket - Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt)

House 51 (Woonsocket - Rep. Chris Fierro)

House 56 (Central Falls - Rep. Agostinho Silva)

House 57 (Central Falls,Cumberland - Rep. Ken Vaudreuil)

House 64 (East Providence - Rep. Helio Melo)

Senate 1 (Providence - Sen. Mary Ellen Goodwin)

Senate 3 (Providence - Sen. Rhoda Perry)

Senate 4 (Providence,North Prov. - Sen. Domenic Ruggiero)

Senate 5 (Providence - Sen. Paul Jabour)

Senate 6 (Providence - Sen. Harold Metts)

Senate 7 (Providence,North Prov. - Sen. Frank Ciccone)

Senate 8 (Pawtucket - Sen. James Doyle)

Senate 15 (Pawtucket - Sen. John McBurney)

Senate 16 (Central Falls,Cumberland,Pawtucket - Sen. Elizabeth Crowley)

Senate 25 (Johnston - Sen. Chris Maselli)

Senate 28 (Cranston,Warwick - Sen. Josh Miller)

Senate 29 (Warwick - Sen. Mike McCaffrey)

Dave Talan is a member of the R.I. GOP Candidate Recruitment Committee. His e-mail address is davetalan@aol.com.

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Someone please run against Domenick Ruggerio or Al Gemma, Now those are two Democrats we really, really need out of the legislature, but the GOP seems to let those guys off the hool.

Posted by: rhody at June 27, 2010 9:05 PM

I'd run... if I weren't fleeing the state like everyone else.

Posted by: Dan at June 27, 2010 9:25 PM

Probably the best evidence of the apathy this state has is that Maselli doesn't have an opponent. Wasn't he just indicted? And no Republican wants to take him on? Nice.

Posted by: Patrick at June 27, 2010 9:57 PM

Well, it is a paradox. Decent people aren't inclined to run because then they'd have to associate with all of those slimy, corrupt Democrats and stand by helplessly and witness crap like Paiva-Weeds e-verify stunt.

And have their personal names and reputations besmirched by being associated with the RI General Assembly, which (deservedly) has a national reputation for corruption.

OTOH, because decent people (understandably) don't want to be associated with that institution or the sleazy Democrats that run "da show," it doesn't change.

Posted by: Ragin' Rhode Islander at June 27, 2010 10:47 PM

What has Giovanni Cicione been doing for the last two years????
30 empty slots??????
as George Bush would say...
"You are do-in a hell-o-job Gio"

more from the failed Rhode Island GOP

Draft Katz

Posted by: MANNY at June 27, 2010 11:14 PM

"What has Giovanni Cicione been doing for the last two years?"

Filing press releases with misspellings and grammatical errors.

Posted by: Patrick at June 28, 2010 7:38 AM

All the sane people are leaving. Let the cronies, union maggots, welfare bums and illegal aliens enjoy the same one-party rule they have "enjoyed" since 1934.
The RI Communists have now had a longer run than the Soviet Communists did.

Posted by: Tommy Cranston at June 28, 2010 8:33 AM

Are all these reps running totally unopposed or just not against republicans? Are there no challengers even with in there own party or even indie challengers?

Posted by: swazool at June 28, 2010 9:25 AM

There are some challengers to "established" Democrats including Sen.Ruggierio

Posted by: joe bernstein at June 28, 2010 10:26 AM

This is great news for those of us who want Rhode Island to crumble and fall into the ocean. Can bouncing state pension checks be far behind? It will be a great day when the moochers and looters finally get theirs by not getting theirs. That day is much closer than the moochers and looters realize.

Posted by: Tim at June 28, 2010 12:34 PM

The GOP loses good people. Karen Salvatore, a former Miss Rhode Island in the Miss America pageant, and DOT Watch founder who is a former State GOP Vice Chair is running for State Rep. as an independent this year.
Governor Carcieri missed an opportunity to put her on the PUC and appointed someone else as I understand it. The failure of the Carcieri administration to use her talents speaks for itself. Some Republican problems are self inflicted.
The state GOP establishment needs to reflect on how they treat people including the Governor. A year from now political scientists, historians, and pundits will be discussing the Carcieri years. I think it is obvious he was NOT much of a party builder.

Posted by: Scott Bill Hirst at June 30, 2010 3:27 PM
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