To compete, the RI GOP has to be in the game


Labor Day, besides marking a tribute to working men and women, signals the heating up of the fall election season, both nationally and closer to home.

When he came into office in 2003, Governor Carcieri cited a goal of building the Republican ranks in the General Assembly. Judging by the results thus far, however, it will be surprising if the partisan balance is much different by the time when the governor leaves office in 2011.

With a recent ProJo op-ed, Travis Rowley squarely put the blame for the state's economic problems on legislative Democrats.

Yes, there is plenty of blame to go around in terms of how Rhode Island got to where it is.

Yet Brooks Thayer of Saunderstown made an important point -- one that I've touched on before -- with a letter to the editor in Saturday's ProJo. I can't find it online, but here are some excepts:

Balance makes for good government. No such balance has existed in Rhode Island for years. Mr. Rowley seeks to advance his party to help achieve a balance. However, he chooses to identify Republicans as the ones walking around saying, "We told you so."

Sorry, Mr. Rowley, when a Democrat is running unopposed, it makes it very difficult to hear the Republican perspective on issues. And if he is choosing a "We told you so" as a campaign slogan, I'm sure we can continue to look forward to many more years of unbalanced government.

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