Yorke: GOP Primary Opponent for Carcieri?
Dan Yorke is reporting that Brown Adjunct Professor Dennis Michaud–who has testified on behalf of Beacon Mutual and has been on their payroll–has put forth the idea that he will run for Governor on the GOP ticket against incumbent Donald Carcieri. Michaud purportedly gives three main reasons for such a run:
1) Lack of economic progress.
2) State needs more moderate candidates (like Chafee).
3) He’ll bring young people into the process.
He also claims that key Republicans initially approached him to run on the GOP ticket because, as they told him, the governor had financial problems and may not run. Michaud has stated that even if the governor can overcome these alleged financial difficulties, he will still run for governor (and thus in a primary against the governor) anyway.
Hm. Do you think this has anything to do with the focus that Governor Carcieri is bringing against Beacon Mutual? Nothing like good old fashioned threat by innuendo, huh? Rhode Island politics as usual. Yorke speculates that J. Michael Levesque–who happens to work for Harrah’s Casino, who is also opposed by Governor Carcieri–may be one of those unnamed Republican insiders.