Will Rhody Go for Lynch Squared?

With William J. Lynch, Democratic party chairman, announcing his interest in the Attorney General's post soon to be vacated by his brother, Patrick C. Lynch, who is gearing up for a gubernatorial run, a question: are two Lynches one too many for Rhode Island voters?

No, it says here.

This state has a seemingly bottomless appetite for political dynasties. Hell, Patrick Lynch's ascent owes something to the legacy of his father, former Pawtucket Mayor Dennis M. Lynch. And his presumed opponents in a Democratic gubernatorial primary, General Treasurer Frank T. Caprio and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, both have prominent pols in their family trees.

Jennifer Lawless, political science professor at Brown University, tells Not for Nothing that the two brothers could actually help each other on the campaign trail. "If one of them exceeds expectations, that will undoubtedly help the other," she said. They'll both be before the same statewide electorate, after all. And an impressive showing by one Lynch will probably give a bump to his bro.

Then again, she says, one poor campaign could have ramifications for both.   

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