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.
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.
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.
Former Rhode Island GOP chairman Giovanni Cicione is among the consultants retired police Col. Brendan Doherty has named to his campaign team for the Republican primary in the First Congressional District.
Cicione has been talking up Doherty's candidacy for some time now and critiquing former state Representative John J.
Republican John J. Loughlin II's Congressional campaign formally trotted out the endorsement of House Minority Leader Brian Newberry today. No great surprise. Newberry has been on record supporting Loughlin, a former colleague in the General Assembly, for some time now.
But the statement Newberry offered up was telling.
New York Times columnist David Brooks has an interesting piece today on why we need to take Texas Governor Rick Perry's presidential ambitions seriously. Among the prime considerations - and this could have implications in the looming GOP primary in Rhode Island's First Congressional District between former State Representative John J.
I've got a cover story in this week's Phoenix on Colonel Brendan Doherty's nascent Congressional campaign. What struck me in reporting this piece - and I've touched on it some on the blog over the last couple of weeks - is the wildcard that is the GOP primary.
Doherty seems, on paper, to be the strongest candidate the Republican Party could nominate to take on Democratic Congressman David Cicilline.
I've been blogging a bit, of late, about the GOP push to unseat Congressman David Cicilline next year. One of the perpetual challenges for Rhode Island Republicans is attracting national money - and getting it early enough to make a difference. GOP activists say the party will have to fare better this time than it did in 2010 if the Republican nominee - be it former state Representative John J.
The sniping continues between the camps of GOP Congressional rivals John J. Loughlin II and Brendan Doherty, vying for the chance to unseat Congressman David Cicilline - or defeat any Democrat who takes down Cicilline in a primary.
Loughlin lined up 16 city and town GOP chairs for a fundraiser in September. And Dante Bellini, a Doherty spokesman, issued this statement yesterday in reaction:
As N4N reported last week, Republican Congressional candidate John J. Loughlin II's campaign has organized a fundraiser in September that will feature 16 different city and town GOP chairs - from Burrillville to Newport - as sponsors, under the handle "city and town chairs for Loughlin."
Dante Bellini, a spokesman for Loughlin's Republican rival Brendan Doherty, has issued the following statement in response:
Republican Congressional candidate John J. Loughlin II, who is serving overseas in Iraq, has fallen behind GOP rival Brendan Doherty on the fundraising front. Doherty, the former state police superintendent, raised an impressive $250,000 in the last quarter.
But Loughlin's supporters are holding a fundraiser for him in September.
In a move that could have implications for the looming Republican Congressional primary between Brendan Doherty and John J. Loughlin II, the Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee is set to vote, in October, on a controversial proposal to close GOP primaries to all but registered Republican voters.
At present, the state's Democratic and Republican parties both allow independents to vote in their primaries.