March 19, 2011

Believe it or Not, Mister Hinckley is Running For Senate...

Carroll Andrew Morse

Dan McGowan at GoLocalProv has the initial scoop on a potential Republican challenger to Rhode Island junior Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Benjamin “Barry” Hinckley (who, as McGowan notes, has already got his campaign website up).

A quick rundown of Banjamin Hinckley's issue positions, based on the bio on his website, is that he favors repeal of Obamacare, favors reducing government spending by "by eliminating earmarks, cutting all redundant programs, and fighting for a constitutionally-sound Balanced Budget Amendment", favors tax-code reform, and that he believes something ambiguous about Social Security, that "the federal government must stop looting the Social Security Trust Fund and treating it like its own personal petty cash drawer...our citizens contribute much of their hard earned income to Social Security and those funds deserve to be respected and used for their intended purpose". Richard C. Dujardin of the Projo adds a couple of liberal positions on social issues, support for gay marriage and for the right to abortion.

McGowan also notes that the two Federal candidates that Mr. Hinckley has contributed to in recent election cycles are Scott Brown (good, from a Republican perspective) and Kristen Gillibrand (huh?).

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This is the kind of candidate the GOP should run against Whitehouse - Ron Machtley was a fiscal conservative and soical moderate who nobody had heard of, either. That type of candidate could've beaten Ciccilline.

Posted by: bella at March 19, 2011 10:31 PM

lets see how quickly Carcieri flips over to the "closed primary" camp.

Posted by: George at March 21, 2011 8:05 PM
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