No great surprise here, but now it's official. Former Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri has endorsed Republican Brendan Doherty, former superintendent of the state police, for Congress.
Carcieri was scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Doherty months ago, though a family emergency kept him away.
As his fundraising edge over Republican rival John J. Loughlin II continues to grow, Doherty is, no doubt, attempting to build an air of inevitability around his nomination. And getting Carcieri's endorsement adds a log to the fire.
But Loughlin, due back from service in Iraq next month, will make a solid play for grassroots support in the party.