August 25, 2010

Steven Wright of the Rhode Island Voter Coalition Answers My Questions About William Lynch's Principled Advocacy for Debates

Carroll Andrew Morse

Democrat David Cicilline did not attend the First District Congressional debate conducted last week by WPRO radio (630AM). His Democratic rival for the nomination, former Democratic Party Chairman William Lynch, criticized him for this. According to Philip Marcelo of the Projo, Mr. Lynch was also questioning at the end of last week whether Mayor Cicilline was going to show up at this Monday's Newport Chamber of Commerce debate (he did).

While at the Tenth Amendment rally at the Rhode Island Statehouse on Saturday, I had the chance to ask Steven Wright of the Rhode Island Voter Coalition what he thought of the Mr. Lynch's recently taken position on the importance of debates, in light of events that had occurred earlier in the year...

"...I thought that was pretty funny, seeing how [William Lynch] sent a letter...encouraging Democratic candidates not to show up to the Rhode Island Voter Coalition forums, which is a shame really, because we're non-partisan, we're not a fundraising tool, we don't offer any endorsement. Our only purpose is to get people involved and educated on the people that want to represent them."Audio: 39 sec

"And for him to have sent out a letter telling people not to go, and then him complaining this week about Cicilline not showing up -- and then he said that he's shown up to everything that he's been asked to go to -- it was just kind of funny..."Audio: 15 sec
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Bill Lynch is a hypocrite and liar? No, say it ain't so! What's the next news, the ocean is wet?

This is the guy who actually claimed to be an outsider and bipartisan?

Yeah, and David Cicilline can't pick out nice window treatments?

Posted by: Patrick at August 25, 2010 9:37 AM

"And for him to have sent out a letter telling people not to go, and then him complaining this week about Cicilline not showing up -- and then he said that he's shown up to everything that he's been asked to go to"

Wha-a-a-t?? The former head of the RI Dem Party took a situational ethics approach to an important campaign tool?? I'm shocked.

Posted by: Monique at August 25, 2010 9:05 PM

Shocked, I say. Shocked.

Posted by: Monique at August 25, 2010 9:06 PM

I think Steven Wright was to soft on Bill Lynch. He should have added how Lynch sent a goon out to find out about Steven and what he owned for guns and who his friends were. Lynch is what all the insiders are spineless cowards who would sell the grandmothers if it meant they got to stay in office or in the limelight. You know kind of like Robert Watson.
I told him i was entertaining the thought of running for office and was going to hand out the pocket Constitution and other materials to educate the voters. I asked him what else he thought could help to educate them and his response floored me. Paraphrasing his remark without the f; screw the voters, as long as I(Robert Watson)get elected I can care less what they know.
I would have thrown my support behind this guy if I had never met him. I looked at his voting record and I have to admit. He has what most conservatives would want in a minority leader. The problem is; he could vote against everything his pals from the other side of the aisle put forth and it would not mean a thing.
His character and the character of Lynch and Ciccilline should be very important to the voters. If they don't have the courage to show up for debates, send goons to intimidate people, or show condescension or disrespect for those they are to represent, they don't deserve one vote. Until we eliminate such characters from Our government we will continue to pay higher taxes, lose our rights, and in the end become slaves to that which we have created.

Posted by: Christopher Kairnes at August 25, 2010 10:55 PM

We're going to plan an event for the 1st Congressional District soon...

Do you think Bill will show?

Posted by: gina at August 25, 2010 11:14 PM

Well, here's a few snippets from the Lynch for Congress website, reflecting his official attitude on debates...

"The mayor thinks he's above such basic campaign activities as talking to those he hopes to represent," said Bill Fischer, Lynch campaign spokesman...."Bill Lynch is not afraid to answer tough questions and Mayor Cicilline shouldn't be, either....[Cicilline] should give voters the full and fair debate they deserve."

Posted by: Andrew at August 25, 2010 11:22 PM
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