Fogarty’s Support from Opponents of Eminent Domain Reform Continues to be Strong
The Fogarty campaign’s parade of support from opponents of eminent domain reform continues. Last month, Governor Tom Vilsack, who vetoed an Iowa legislature bill that placed some mild restrictions on giving property seized through eminent domain to private developers, came to Rhode Island to campaign for Lieutenant Governor Fogarty. Now, the top item on the Fogarty campaign website is a message of support from Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, who also vetoed eminent domain reform legislation earlier this year. Richardson also made a fundraising appearance for the Lieutenant Governor in May.
Given that Lieutenant Governor Fogarty seems determined to bring as many Governors who have vetoed an eminent domain reform bill to Rhode Island as he can, (note to the Fogarty campaign: Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona may still be available for an appearance), and that his own record on eminent domain reform has been spotty at best, it is hard to believe that eminent domain reform will be a priority in a Fogarty administration.
Or perhaps Fogarty is a true believer in the approach to the problem favored by Governor Richardson — form a commission rather than take action. This is from the Associated Press report of Richardson’s veto…
[Governor Richardson] promised to create a task force to study the eminent domain issue and propose legislation “to appropriately protect private property from condemnation that is geared solely at private commercial development.One last question: If Lieutenant Governor Fogarty couldn’t work with the legislature to get a simple eminent domain reform bill passed this year, how does he plan to get his term-limits proposal through the legislature?