October 6, 2010

Another Indication of Rhode Island's Rut

Justin Katz

The story of Rhode Island's election season — so far and overall — has been the story of an utter lack of enthusiasm. Perhaps inadvertently, Ian Donnis gives some illustration why by drumming up news about potential challenges to RI House Speaker Gordon Fox (D, Providence) for the speakership:

Schadone says he will make a decision on whether to challenge Fox within the next few weeks. The North Providence Democrat says Winfield will lead the challenge only with his support.

Winfield confirmed he's considering a leadership challenge. "We need numbers," says the Smithfield Democrat, part of an opposition bloc dating to Murphy's speakership. "I don't know if we'll have the numbers. I'd like to think we can change the leadership."

Who's Winfield? And what has Schadone been doing since he lost his first challenge to Fox? Dunno, and that's the problem. Rhode Island's political insiders simply have no clue about, or at least interest in, activities that don't involve political-insiderism.

So here's a tip for folks — politicians and otherwise — who wish to actually change the state in the 2012 election cycle: start doing things. Make some noise. Challenge some powerful bozos. Get some press. Rhode Island is stirring its political stew, but all of the meat has either been consumed already or fled the state of its own volition.

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"" but all of the meat has either been consumed already or fled the state of its own volition""
posted by Justin Katz


In one column, Laffey said he has never seen a happy homosexual.
"This is not to say there aren't any; I simply haven't seen one in my lifetime. Maybe they are all in the closet," he wrote. "All the homosexuals I've seen are sickly and decrepit, their eyes devoid of life."

In another column he wrote that pop music was turning the children of America into sissies, and criticized the singer Boy George, referring to him as "it."

"It wears girl's clothes and puts on makeup," he wrote. "When I hear it sing, 'Do you really want to hurt me, do you really want to make me cry,' I say to myself, YES, I want to punch your lights out, pal, and break your


Posted by: Sammy at October 6, 2010 10:25 PM

Actually the crazy Right-Wing-Nut... Reverends Fred Phelps and Pat Robertson (God Hates F__gs)
seem quite moderate compared to Steve Laffey and Senator Jim DeMint

Posted by: Sammy at October 6, 2010 10:38 PM

Sammy, should it be somehow understood from your comments that you oppose the political involvement of rank and file citizens?

If not, can you please explain the pertinence of your comments to this post?

Posted by: Monique at October 6, 2010 11:45 PM

Sammy has a weird obsession with Steve laffey-Laffey moved away.He isn't running for anything.
No one is required to like homosexuals.
In Sweden,you can be jailed for saying homosexuality is abnormal-maybe sammy would like that here.

Posted by: joe bernstein at October 7, 2010 3:10 AM

Monique, you already know there is only impertinence in his posts.

Posted by: BobN at October 7, 2010 8:54 AM

They're already being challenged - Al Gemma and Doug Gablinske, for starters. They sure aren't going down without a fight.

Posted by: hellas at October 7, 2010 10:51 AM

He posts that stuff over and over and over again, just looking to get a rise out of people. That's troll behavior. So ignore him and don't feed the troll. If he wants to talk about the points made in a post, I'll certainly debate, but to simply paste up the same irrelevant stuff over and over? Yawn.

Posted by: Patrick at October 7, 2010 11:11 AM
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