WSJ Notes: Laffey Donated to Democrat Senatorial Candidates
James Taranto’s Best of the Web Today is an entertaining read, but Taranto is off today and in his place is a sampling of the Wall Street Journals “Political Diary” (no permalink, unfortunately). Included in this sampler is a bit by Brendan Miniter about our own Chafee/Laffey contest. After noting that Laffey has gotten the support of The Club for Growth, “a political action committee with a reputation for backing conservative challengers against liberal Republicans,” Miniter outlines the challenge facing Mayor Laffey:
. . . if Mr. Laffey hopes to win the hearts of conservatives nationwide by unseating Senator Chafee, he’ll first have to explain a few things about his own record. As mayor of Cranston for the past three years, Mr. Laffey has increased taxes three times. The city now has one of the highest property tax rates in the state, and Mr. Laffey has said Cranston may “need” an additional tax hike in 2007. And while living in Tennessee in the 1990s, he gave money to Democratic senatorial candidates who ran against former Republican Sen. Fred Thompson and the current Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. He even made a campaign contribution to Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Such donations can probably be chalked up to the pragmatic doings of businessman seeking to play his cards right for political/business reasons. However, such pragmatism will lead some to question Mayor Laffey’s committment to the conservative ideals he so often proclaims.