Edward Achorn on Governor Carcieri’s Popularity Plummet
Edward Achorn took his shot in yesterday’s Projo at explaining Governor’s Donald Carcieri’s major drop in approval rating, from 59% at the start of the year to 44% now, according to Brown University Professor Darrell West‘s latest polling…
The Republican governor’s leadership, unfortunately, has been AWOL this year. He started off 2007 with an absurdly rosy State of the State address, and then submitted a budget that used one-time fixes and projected enormous out-year deficits — thus surrendering the moral high ground he might have occupied over the Democrat-run General Assembly.I suspect there are a substantial number of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in the state who agree with much of this.
When he finally talked about trimming his executive-branch workforce — seemingly, in a fit of pique when the Assembly promulgated a budget that failed to solve the long-term deficit problem — he did so without any apparent idea of the details: who would be cut, and why. Months later, he is reportedly still trying to figure out how to trim the state workforce.
That’s an important first step, of course, but it inevitably raises a question: If there were so many positions the state did not need, why did Mr. Carcieri wait until five years into his governorship — with massive deficits staring him in the face — to economize that way?