February 11, 2010

Rhode Island's Own People's Seat

Justin Katz

It's encouraging to see the national conservative movement, specifically Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online, taking notice of John Loughlin's run for Rhode Island's First Congressional seat:

No seat belongs to the Kennedys, not even in the House of Representatives. Announcing his candidacy on the same day that Sen. Scott Brown took his oath as successor to Edward M. Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, John Loughlin, a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve who was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and trained troops for Operation Iraqi Freedom, hoped to surprise the establishment in a similar way: succeeding Senator Kennedy's son, Patrick, in the House. Loughlin has even picked up Brown's advisers to help him pull it off. ...

Of congressman Kennedy, Loughlin says: "He was the only member of Rhode Island's delegation to refuse to hold a public town-hall meeting with his constituents. It's clear that he's not interested in the views of the people of Rhode Island." In short, it's the people's seat. And Loughlin's hoping the people will see it to be in their best interests to send him to Washington to fill it.

Lopez offers some review of Loughlin's chances and includes her full interview with him. Perhaps with such national attention, the people of Rhode Island can begin to believe that it is possible — permissible — to change our representatives from time to time. The apathy that grows from a contrary view is arguably among the state's biggest problems, and it would be magnificent if Loughlin's run for Congress could help to repair that attitude.

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"Loughlin has even picked up Brown's advisers to help him pull it off. ..."

I suspect there may be out of state funding for this. I'm glad to see that someone cares.

Posted by: Warrington Faust at February 11, 2010 9:02 PM

Just got an email from WPRO stating that Dan Yorke has learned that Patrick Kennedy will not seek re-election. Unreal.

Yorke predicted this a week or two ago.

He also predicted that either Lynch or Caprio will then drop out of the Gov race and run for Congress. My prediction is that is Lynch.

Posted by: Patrick at February 11, 2010 10:25 PM
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