The First Official Shot in RI GOP Governor race 2010?
Wake up from ye slumber Laffeyites and Chafeeniks, thar’ be news!
I’ve been staying away from the internecine warfare of the RI GOP lately, perhaps because it’s been relatively calm. But it looks like things are about to get roiling again. Ian Donnis has the scoop that Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian (a Chafee protege) will be running against Robert Manning (a Laffey guy) for the RI GOP National Committeeman post. And so it begins.
UPDATE: Ian has updated his original post and it looks like Warwick Rep. Joe Trillo is also running for the spot. According to Ian’s report, it sounds like Trillo is interested in using the position to leverage national support for internal party-building:
Trillo says the party needs fresh blood in the Committeeman post. “I think I have done a lot to help this party, and I would like to do more,” he says. “In the past, I just haven’t seen the job done at the level that I think it could be done. The place we have continually run short is in raising money. I think the National Committeeman is in a better position to get money out of the RNC. Our current people haven’t been able to get amy money of any significance. I don’t know what they’re doing.”
Trillo says a small state such as Rhode Island could be “a prime experiment” of whether the national GOP can takeover a blue state.