Cicione: Coaty shows that GOP has "a good chance"

Here's the word from RI GOP chairman Gio Cicione on Steve Coaty's win:

“Steve Coaty’s win represents a huge and important victory,” Cicione says.  “Coaty talked repeatedly on the campaign trail about the out of control spending by the dominant party at the statehouse, how it’s left us with a huge deficit and how our taxes are bankrupting families. The message got through loud and clear.”


Cicione portrays Coaty as a hard working candidate who embodies the type of candidate the Party seeks for the General Assembly races ahead in 2008.


“Steve Coaty campaigned very, very hard, he worked his heart out, he went out there and met every voter he could, and he carried the right message that one-Party rule by the Democrats at the state house has gotten us into deep fiscal trouble and it’s time for new leaders up there.”


 Cicione says he believes the voter response to Coaty’s message is a sure sign that the GOP message of the need for change at the statehouse has a good chance of gaining traction in the election year ahead. Coaty agrees the message is reaching the voters for the upcoming election year.


 “The voters are hurting and they’re fearful about the state’s future, they realize we need new leaders in the General Assembly and I am proud they decided to start to make the change with me,” Coaty says.


Coaty, an attorney making his first run for office, handily defeated Democrat Bud Cicilline, who previously served in the state senate during the 1980’s, taking 869 votes to Cicilline’s 511, or winning 63% to 37%. He now takes the seat that was vacated by the death last September of former Representative Paul Crowley. A Republican has not held the District 75 seat in nearly half a century.

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