Jim Baron on Ryan Bilodeau
Sure, national recognition is nice, but yesterday, College Republican Federation of Rhode Island President Ryan Bilodeau received the kind of recognition that proves he’s a real up-an-comer — he was covered by Jim Baron in the Woonsocket Call…
It’s not hard to think that someone with [his] kind of knack for drawing media attention while selling an idea like opposition to affirmative action and other race-based preferences, just might have a future in politics.
Might he run for office on his own someday? “I’ve thought about it. I am interested in solving problems in whatever role I can. If that means entering the political arena as a candidate, then I will. If I find my time, my resources, my energy are better used behind the scenes, then I’ll do that. I think that we all have a role to play in this life, based on the talents we are given.”
That is a perfectly good politician’s non-answer to a reporter’s question. But Bilodeau can’t resist taking it a step further, perhaps showing more of his hand than originally intended.
“When the General Assembly is doing their budget at 11:30 p.m.,” he says. “and (Democratic Cranston Rep. Charlene Lima’s privatization bill gets slipped in at the last minute and all these common sense bills by Reps. (John) Laughlin and (Joseph) Trillo are putting out there are denied because they have an R (for Republican) after their name and because the people voting against them are beholden to the special interests like the unions, that can anger me enough to want to be a voice on the floor, sitting at the table.”