Michaud to Challenge Carcieri II
As previously mentioned, Dan Yorke reported yesterday that Brown Economics Professor and Beacon Mutual advisor Dennis Michaud had filed papers to run against Governor Carcieri in the Republican Gubernatorial primary. Now the ProJo has provided further information.
Michaud…said he decided to challenge Carcieri because of the incumbent’s “failed economic performance” and “failed performance to deliver on jobs.”
“I just think there is no leadership up at the State House that I can see because I’ve worked with the Carcieri administration. I’ve done a lot of work in the administration,” Michaud said, and “I just don’t think the governor is an effective leader.”
Michaud said he plans a formal announcement at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at either the State House or Prospect Park…
Michaud yesterday declined to name his backers, but he said he has “support in the Brown community and local business community” and has also “talked with past chairmen of the Republican party, so these are some serious people.”
…Richard Reed, deputy director of the state Economic Development Corporation, confirmed that his agency was one of the sponsors of a one-day conference hosted by Brown’s corporate-governance research program, and that Michaud was one of eight volunteers on a work group that helped guide the spinoff, from the EDC, of the Quonset Development Corporation.
Beyond that, Reed said Michaud’s description of his work for the Carcieri administration was “more generous than I would characterize it.”
Late yesterday, Carcieri campaign manager Tim Costa issued this statement: “There are now three candidates running for governor in the November election: the Republican candidate, the Democratic candidate and the Beacon Mutual/labor-insider candidate.”
“Sadly, Mr. Michaud’s purported candidacy proves that the insiders responsible for the mismanagement and possible criminal activity at Beacon Mutual will stop at nothing to protect themselves from public scrutiny,” Costa said.
The ProJo also provided a good summation of the history of the back-and-forth between Michaud and the Carcieri Administration over Beacon Mutual.