Exhibit #129,224,798 Proving That Rhode Island Is Doomed
Want another bit of evidence that Rhode Island ain’t done sinking, yet? Tune into the Speaker of the House race, as Ed Fitzpatrick does, here. Ed’s right that this story is very Rhode Island:
In the small world of State House politics, the contest is coming down to three lawyer/legislators who shared a Broadway office building in the 1990s — House Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox, D-Providence, Rep. Gregory J. Schadone, D-North Providence, and Rep. Stephen R. Ucci, D-Johnston.
“This is truly a Rhode Island story,” Fox said. “Greg and I were next door to each other, renting offices that were side by side. I can still hear him: ‘Fox, I need your help.’ I remember I used to give him advice when he was running for his first election.”
In most places, the phrase “the political class” means the general population of people who hold, have held, or are running for office. In Rhode Island, it appears to indicate an actual class of our stratified society, from which most of our elected officials are drawn.
What I find especially dispiriting, though, is the fact that — in the current climate of calamity — there isn’t a single politician making a no-chance run for the office simply to grab the microphone and proclaim his or her solutions for fixing the state. To be fair, one must know and care enough to find out what those problems are and formulate a plausible solution…