In the Heart of the New Revolution
Anchor Rising is well represented at tonight’s fundraiser in East Providence, as are the familiar faces of the RI right-wing, and Republicans, too. About 50 people here.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian had to be elsewhere and spoke first:
State GOP Chairman Gio Cicione went next:
Gio noted that he was glad to finally be able to express gratitude for the presence of people with blue hair:
I caught Gio between speeches and asked his thoughts on the possible primary challenge to Congressional candidate Mark Zaccaria. He said there’d be a primary and was very disciplined about not offering any sort of favoritism.
Speech wave 2 began with Cranston Mayor Alan Fung, whom I last saw at a Northeast Republican Conference cocktail party at which the open bar regrettably had one of my favorite beers… an extra strong brew by Victory. Mayor Fung wasn’t fond of my idea of the Republicans’ forgoing the gubernatorial race.
Mark Zaccaria took the mic next:
And then Congressional Candidate John Loughlin:
East Providence Assistant Mayor Robert Cusack started the third wave, making the point that a few people can really make a difference:
East Providence School Committee Chairman Tony Carcieri is up. Among the first things he said was that he’s not a Republican, but an Independent. The audience wasn’t sure how to react.
Carcieri called out certain state senators and representatives (ahem) to oppose binding arbitration. He says that the unions and their pals in the state house are dragging down the state. “Anybody who’s in allegiance with the unions, throw them out.” He amended: “Throw them all out.”
Tom Clupny, who is running for Betsy Dennigan’s abandoned seat, spoke next, with Cusack sneaking in to suggest that volunteers and money would be helpful, because Mr. Clupny really does have a shot. Refreshing to see somebody who really is clearly in the game because he thinks he can make a difference.
And by way of contrast (of practice, not motivation), Attorney General Candidate Erik Wallin swept in and launched into a well-practiced speech. One new and interesting item was his statement that we shouldn’t have to rely on reporters Tim White and Jim Hummel to investigate corruption.
Back to local with School Committee member Steve Santos, more refreshing enthusiasm at the local level.
Gubernatorial candidate Rory Smith is up. He brought papers up with him, so perhaps he’s prepared this time. His initial point: My mission is to bring jobs back to Rhode Island. Lower taxes. Other high-tax states are economic powerhouses so “they can afford to be a little arrogant with their tax policy.” Fix regulations. Stop the runaway spending. Save the educational system “from the brink of collapse,” with incentive pay, teacher evaluations, leave management of education with administrators.
I think Rory’s been reading Anchor Rising.
Last up, Colleen Conley of the RI Tea Party. Apparently, the group sent three buses down to the Washington protest.
Colleen’s making the case for the GOP to court tea party members. This’ll be a YouTube clip worth watching.
A couple behind the scenes notes: RINO state representative Jack Savage, who had been here, left early, without speaking.
Not to pile on to the Moderate Party, but I’m hearing rumors that it’s losing members because of intransigent kids who won’t compromise in their left-wing social views. Not surprising.