Rhode Islanders Vote for National Change…and more of the Same
Senate Majority Leader Joseph Montalbano lost, but that was about the only good news for the state GOP this year.
Aside from Montalbano’s loss, Rhode Island voters yesterday did little to change the dominance of the Democrats in the legislature. Senate Majority Leader M. Teresa Paiva Weed, and others appeared to survive aggressive challenges despite staggering levels of voter discontent.
As recently as late September, a Rhode Island College poll found that nearly three in four Rhode Islanders believed the state was going in the wrong direction. Governor Carcieri and the state GOP tried to play to this sentiment.
…But voters did not, apparently, hold the Democrats who run the state legislature singularly responsible for the state of the state.
Yes, the 18 Republicans in the Legislature have had a lot to do with the state’s current condition. Good thing there are only 10 now.