Donna Perry to challenge Paiva Weed


Some interesting news from the state GOP: Donna Perry of Jamestown, executive director of the Rhode Island Republican Party (she also happens to be the sister of John DePetro) is launching a challenge to Senator Teresa Pavia Weed, the majority leader of that chamber.

Perry, a resident of Jamestown, says she decided the time is right to challenge Paiva-Weed who Perry says does not represent the interests of her constituents and whose leadership decisions are wrong for the interests of all Rhode Islanders.

“Teresa Paiva-Weed’s actions and statements during this past session have been a shameful display of incredibly poor leadership,” Perry says. “It seems she would rather defend her corporate casino client on expanded gambling even though Newporters didn’t want it; she doesn’t think legislators need to contribute to their health plan while average Rhode Islanders can barely afford their own family’s health costs; and she thinks no one has a right to find out if a worker is here illegally and she blocked a sensible bill to do that. Who exactly, does she represent? She has a lot to answer for and I look forward to hearing her explain these decisions.”

RIGOP Chairman Giovanni Cicione says the party is fully behind Donnas’ run.  “We are very excited to see Donna enter this race,” says Cicione. “Donna will be a terrific candidate who can make a very persuasive strong case against Teresa Paiva -Weed.  She has great people skills, she’s a mother, very active in her community and I know she will run strong.”

If she hasn't always appreciated my writings about the struggles of the RI GOP, Perry remains a genial and articulate individual, and she represents some fresh blood as Republicans try to pick up legislative seats this year. Here's a bit more on her background:

Perry has worked in government, politics and media on and off over the past two decades. She covered local news as a radio reporter in the 1980’s, then worked on Capitol Hill and at the Republican National Committee in Washington DC. She was affiliated with the Women’s National Republican Club in New York while living in NY City in the late nineties. In recent years, she worked part time in the Governor’s media’s office before becoming Executive Director at the State Party. She is presently chairwoman of the Jamestown Republican Town Committee and is a past co-chair of her community’s Special Education Local Advisory Committee. (Jamestown SELAC) She is the mother of two elementary aged children and has had a home in Jamestown for ten years.

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