Newly minted Democratic Congressional candidate Anthony Gemma came out of the gate this weekend hammering GOP rival Brendan Doherty, former superintendent of the state police. He said Doherty has been living "in a bubble" as a public servant and retired as soon as he could collect a pension.
Calling into question the integrity of a widely respected cop seems an odd way to endear himself to the moderate, middle-of-the-road voter he'll need in his Democratic primary challenge to David Cicilline and, should he prevail there, his general election contest against Doherty.
Further evidence that the race for Congressman David Cicilline's seat is ramping up: GOP rival Brendan Doherty has called on Cicilline to denounce the comments of Hillary Rosen, a Democratic operative who has donated to the Congressman's campaign and recently criticized Mitt Romney's wife Ann - saying she has "never worked a day in her life" and doesn't understand the struggles of average women.
If you haven't seen it, here's Cicilline spokeswoman Nicole Kayner's response to Doherty on the apologia:
"David Cicilline has accepted responsibility for decisions he made, including
the decision to avoid a tax increase during a recession. He explained that he
had been hopeful that the Carcieri administration would accept its
responsibility to the cities and towns of the district rather than cut $40
million from the Providence budget.
GOP Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty has released a sharply worded press release in the wake of Congressman David Cicilline's apology for telling voters in the heat of the 2010 political campaign that Providence, where he was serving as mayor, was in "excellent" fiscal condition.
Doherty points to a Providence auditor's report produced in April 2011 to argue that Cicilline was engaged in an "active concealment" of the city's budget problems that he has still failed to acknowledge.
As I reported earlier today on Twitter, Congressman David Cicilline is reporting a first-quarter fundraising haul of $316,000, leaving him with $700,000 on hand.
Ian Donnis, over at Rhode Island Public Radio, is now reporting that his GOP rival Brendan Doherty has raised $150,000, leaving him with about $560,000 on hand.
John J. Loughlin's resignation from the Hinckley for Senate campaign has sparked some speculation that he might enter the race for Congressman David Cicilline's seat. I just called him and he says "I haven't given any consideration" to the idea.
Loughlin, a former state representative, was the GOP nominee in the 2010 race for the seat and was expected to run again this time around.
GOP Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty has an op-ed in the Valley Breeze that may give the clearest indication, to date, about the shape of his message (at least the positive side of his message; he's saving any attacks on Congressman David Cicilline for another day).
That it is a moderate message is no surprise.
This just in:
In what is surely a sign of more to come, the state's Democratic Party hit Republican Congressional Brendan Doherty yesterday for an interview on WPRI-TV's "Newsmakers" in which he suggested that the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire.
Doherty, the party claimed, had endorsed an "immediate tax increase for the middle class."
This morning, I dug a little deeper into the new WPRI poll that shows Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty with a substantial lead - 49 to 34 percent - on incumbent Democratic Congressman David Cicilline. And I compared it to previous polls.
A couple of curious findings leap out.
In a May 2011 poll commissioned by WPRI, Doherty had a 46-point lead among independents - news of Providence's fiscal woes weighing heavily on Cicilline, fresh off a two-term stint as mayor of the capital city.
WPRI-TV is out with a new poll that shows Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty with a double-digit lead over incumbent Democratic Congressman David Cicilline. From WPRI:
Congressman David Cicilline is headed for a double-digit defeat at
the hands of Republican Brendan Doherty unless he finds a way to win
back a large number of voters by November, according to an exclusive
WPRI 12 poll released Monday evening.
Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty endorsed Mitt Romney for president today. And it's hard not to see a defense of his own candidacy in his description of Romney's virtues:
“Mitt Romney is a proven leader who will stand by his convictions while seeking consensus to find real solutions to the daunting challenges facing our nation.
Congressman James Langevin's office is sharply criticizing Congressman David Cicilline tonight after the release of a new redistricting map that would shift large swaths of the conservative Blackstone Valley into Langevin's district and push a sizable section of liberal south Providence into Cicilline's district.
With former state Representative and all-but-official Congressional candidate John J. Loughlin II set to return to Rhode Island from an Army Reserve deployment in Iraq around Christmastime, the GOP primary for the seat held by Congressman David Cicilline is about to kick off in earnest.
One dynamic to watch: the debate over national defense.
Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty's decision, last month, to hire former Rhode Island GOP Chairman Giovanni Cicione as his campaign manager and spokesman has created an interesting subplot in his simmering primary battle with former state Representative John J. Loughlin II.
Cicione, after all, is something of a controversial figure in Republican circles.