Dennis Michaud, A Candidate of Convenience
Attaching a typo-rife position paper, Megan Boben — apparently the press secretary for Republican candidate for governor Dennis Michaud — emailed me to point out Charles Bakst’s “great job accurately representing Michaud’s positions.” I’m sure more time with that piece would reveal a wealth of interesting quirks, but this one jumps out at me:
VOTER INITIATIVE: “It’s bad.” The Assembly should thrash out issues instead of voters being able to force them onto the ballot. Wealthy people or corporate interests “could literally highjack the voters.”
This position is mostly noteworthy when contrasted with the following “Current News” from Michaud’s campaign Web site:
Dennis is extremely excited that the state legislature has decided to allow the citizens of Rhode Island to vote on the Casino issue. If the people decide that they want a casino to help secure the future of Rhode Island, as Governor, Candidate Michaud looks forward to helping the project come to fruition.
I suppose one is meant to conclude (wink, wink) that Michaud is, specifically, “extremely excited” that the wealthy people and corporate interests who back the casino will have their opportunity to “literally highjack the voters.” Of course, between the lines of the following from the Bakst column, one gets the sense that it may be the GOP primary that is hijacked first:
LOBBYING: Lt. Gov. Charlie Fogarty, Democratic candidate for governor, proposes that lobbyists have to report every contact — you know, meetings, phone calls, e-mails — they have with legislators and other top government decision-makers. “It sounds like a good idea to me,” says Michaud.
Touting the good ideas of a potential general election opponent from another party is, to say the least, a suspicious political slip — especially when presented in conjunction with an ostensible position paper that makes repeated and nakedly political accusations against a primary opponent. I was going to joke that Michaud’s campaign slogan of “we can do better” would best be directed at his campaign staff, but I suppose it all depends on what, exactly, his campaign is trying to do.