Add pollster Joe Fleming to the list of political observers expecting low voter turnout for the September 14 primary. His data point: last week's North Providence special election, which drew just 13 percent of eligible voters.
The race was, of course, far from analogous to the upcoming primary. It was a special election, held in one town.
It's not quite Labor Day yet, but Democratic gubernatorial candidate says he'll be back on the air come Thursday with ads focused - surprise, surprise - on small business and job creation.
It'll be interesting to see how heavy his rotation will be. Patrick Lynch's decision to drop out of the Democratic gubernatorial primary - leaving the field to Caprio - was supposed to give candidates for Congress, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and Providence mayor a little more room to breath during primary season.
With President Obama under fire for supporting the proposed mosque and community center near Ground Zero in Manhattan, Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed played the increasingly familiar role of Democrat-with-military-bona-fides in defending the administration on the Sunday talk show circuit yesterday. From the Washington Post:
In case you haven't seen it, here's Congressional candidate David Segal's ad. Only trouble he'll have is convincing voters that his leading opponent - David Cicilline - is the sort of corporate puppet he lampoons.
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N4N returns from vacation to an amusing spat between Congressional candidate Anthomy Gemma and Providence mayoral candidate Angel Taveras over the provenance of a proposal for an online "dashboard" meant to improve citizen interaction with government.
First, a press release from Gemma's campaign after Taveras made his own dashboard announcement:
From the secretary of state's office:
This Friday afternoon at the State House, Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis will use a borrowed Lottery machine to determine the order in which candidates and political parties will appear on the ballots for the Sept. 14 statewide primary and the Nov. 2 general election.In a scene familiar to Rhode Islanders who watch the state’s daily lottery numbers selected on TV, candidates and parties will be assigned specially calibrated ping-pong balls.?xml:namespace>
It is a difficult time for Rhode Island's dominant Democratic Party: anti-incumbent sentiment is running high, fealty to party is on the decline, and gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio - for all his strengths - may be a less-than-attractive choice for those on the left of the party, particularly with independent Lincoln Chafee available as an alternative.
Much has been written about whether Congressional candidate Bill Lynch will benefit from his brother Patrick's decision to drop out of the Democratic gubernatorial primary. But Patrick's decision could have far broader impacts on the political landscape.
To wit: without an expensive, highly contested Democratic primary for governor, candidates for Congress and statewide office have a much better chance of poking through the election-year chatter to reach voters.
A few stray media/politics observations as we kick off the week:
Attorney General Patrick Lynch's departure from the gubernatorial race would seem to be a plus for his brother Bill Lynch, the former state Democratic Party chief running for Congress. There was some concern, after all, that voters wouldn't vote for two brothers on the same ballot.
But it says here that the conventional wisdom was overblown.
Congressional candidate Bill Lynch's call for term limits this morning highlights an interesting subplot in the race to succeed Patrick Kennedy: a campaign to be crowned Mr. Clean Government.
Fixing a broken Washington is a time-honored campaign trope, of course. But it is of particular urgency in this season of deeper-than-usual voter discontent.
N4N was supposed to be out of town this week, but our trip has been postponed. So the blog keeps a-hummin'.
First up today, some detail on WPRI's Congressional debate: it'll be Tuesday, July 13 at the Providence Performing Arts Center, at 7 p.m. Expect an open format, with questions on everything from the economy to health care to taxes.
Ernest Greco, the latest Democratic entry in the other Congressional race - you know the race for Representative James Langevin's seat - will probably have a hard time gaining traction against his better known primary foes: the incumbent, who is pro-life, and former State Representative Betsy Dennigan, who is pro-choice.
Has Shepard Fairey signed on to the Segal for Congress campaign?
As expected, businessman Anthony Gemma will formally announce his candidacy for Patrick Kennedy's Congressional seat tomorrow. The announcement details are as follows: Showcase Theater 1, Providence Place Mall, 10 am - 11 am. The event is open to the public.
It is a debut that comes with some buzz, even in a crowded political season.